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Girls basketball: Agates defense 'playing better'

Two Harbors sophomore Morgan Beardsley (right) goes up for a layup over Silver Bay's Lily Lewis during the Agates' 54-16 win over the Mariners. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)1 / 2
Silver Bay point guard Corinna Marolt makes a pass during the Mariners' 54-16 loss at Two Harbors. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)2 / 2

Two Harbors shut down the Silver Bay offense in a dominating 54-16 win in their only game of the Two Harbors Invitational Tournament on Friday, Dec. 28.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be four teams playing two games each, but the Dec. 27 snowstorm forced the cancellation of that day's games and featured just the game between Two Harbors and Silver Bay and a 56-55 win for Duluth Denfeld over Cook County.

The Agates jumped out to a 29-11 lead, using a full-court press at times to generate points and easy buckets.

Tori Bott led all scorers with 10 points in the game, with three other Agates scoring eight points each. Lily Lewis led Silver Bay with five points.

Two Harbors coach Chris Lemke said his team's defense has really improved over its past two games. Before downing Silver Bay, Two Harbors also beat Ely 55-33 after giving up 63 points in its first meeting with the Timberwolves.

"I think they've just been playing better as team — talking better, moving better," Lemke said. "Our half-court man defense has been at a pretty high level."

The team still has some work to do to improve offensively, but the team's recent defensive play shows the team's effort, according to Lemke.

"If I had to choose between a team that can play defense or play offense, I choose defense," he said. "That means they're playing with heart, and this group of girls really plays with heart."

Two Harbors (5-4) was scheduled to play Barnum on Thursday, Jan. 3; results were unavailable by press time. The Agates are then scheduled to play at Carlton at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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