Marlee Moore was quick to give the assist to Bethany Cressman.
With the defensive eyes locked on Cressman, Moore exploded for 31 points in the Lake Region Christian Hornets’ 61-44 victory over Fourth Baptist Feb. 17.
Moore’s total, a career high, more than doubled her previous career best.
“She was able to have some success because Bethany is always getting double-teamed,” said Hornets head coach Steve Ogren. “They have a good working relationship with the high and low post. It’s fun to see them work together. Now teams are dealing with, do we double Bethany and pay the price with Marlee or do we play each girl straight up and deal with that?”
The 6-foot freshman has been the biggest surprise for the Hornets during their 17-1 season. Last year, she played sparingly.
“As we were going into this season we knew she was going to have to pick up quite a bit of production,” said Ogren. “We didn’t think she would do it as quick as she has. As far as most improved, it’s Marlee Moore by a mile.”
Moore is averaging 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals a game.
“Having Bethany has helped a lot,” said Moore. “She teaches me moves and stuff and we’ve played together for a few years now. Just being on the bench and watching her last year you learn.”
Moore was one of three players to reach double figures in the Hornets’ 60-17 win over the Chisago Patriots. She tallied 10 in the Hornets’ 60-19 win over St. Francis.
“I didn’t know I had scored that many right away,” Moore said about her 31-point game. “I didn’t know until our assistant coach told me I had scored that many. I was like, ‘What?’ My previous best was 14 points I think.”
A strong work ethic and a good attitude are what Ogren is attributing for Moore’s surprising season. He said she’s been very consistent all season and loves the game.
“You wouldn’t believe the difference between this year and last year,” said Ogren. “She has the height, but she’s not that tall, lanky type that has a hard time hanging onto the ball. She’s developed into a pretty well-rounded player.
“One of her biggest assets is her footwork. She’s been working hard on her footwork.”
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Tatum Sheley, Pine River-Backus, finished with 20 points against Laporte to become the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Chelsey Bonsante, Crosby-Ironton, scored 21 points against Pequot Lakes and 21 against Pine River-Backus.
Lindsay Monson, Pierz, finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Pine City and 22 points and 12 rebounds against Maple Lake.
Bridget Bednar, Pierz, finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Pine City.
Jasmine McGillvray, Staples-Motley, scored 27 points against Detroit Lakes.
Caitlin Volkmann, Wadena-Deer Creek, scored 21 points against Browerville.
Mattie Lueck, Pequot Lakes, finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and five blocks against Grand Rapids and 19 points against Maple River.
Teresa Moenkedick, Verndale, scored 23 points against Pillager.
Gymnastics: Rachelle LeBlanc, Little Falls, won the Section 8-1A all-around title with a 37.325.
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