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Lady Pates fall in season opener to Windom on the road

Greg Hoogeveen

The Lady Patriots opened their 2022-23 basketball season Saturday, Nov. 26, against the Windom Eagles in Windom where they fell to the Eagles 60-36.
Despite trailing by only 10 points at halftime, H-BC wasn’t able to overcome the deficit.
Hills-Beaver Creek girls’ basketball coach, Dylan Gehrke, started the game with senior guard Olivia Bork, junior guard Brynn Rauk, junior forward Larissa Steinhoff, junior forward Lanae Elbers and freshman guard Abbie Harris. 
The Patriots were down most of the game. With about 7 minutes left, they went ahead 38-30. Windom then made a 22-6 scoring run to end the game.
“Windom’s pressure definitely gave us problems,” Gehrke said. “They have a few guards that do a really good job of making you uncomfortable with the ball.”
Harris led the scoring charge for H-BC with seven total points. Other offensive leaders were Rauk and freshman Ella Sammons, who each sank two 3-pointers, and freshman Izzy Wysong, who made two of three field goals. 
The Patriots’ defense was led by freshman Claire Knobloch with two assists and three steals. Eighth-grader Olivia Deelstra contributed with four assists, six steals and two blocked shots.
Junior forward Lanae Elbers put her 6-foot-2 height to work with seven defensive rebounds.
The Lady Patriots were scheduled to host Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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