Still, coach Jeff Gronner watched as his girls grinded out every point with mighty MIB. Trailing by as many as 11 early on when an agitated Gronner took a timeout, he then saw his group close the gap to 33-29 by the half.
"We'll host this as long as we can," said Battaglia, who played in the tournament at the middle school during his high school days of the late ’90s. "The gym is full, there are a ton of little kids, it's cool.
"They work their butts off every shift," the elder Mohelsky said of a team that has won four straight and hasn't lost since their lone defeat to Class AA's Dodge County 26 days ago. "We're playing well. As long as we stay within ourselves, I think we can compete with anyone."
BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL: Wood City Classic Tuesday & Wednesday Dec. 27-28 Cloquet High School Classic doesn't begin to describe this annual holiday event in Cloquet, as the Lumberjacks have hosted these busy days of basketball for a very long time.
Antonutti agreed, but was proud and optimistic about his gang, too. Minus Negen's hot hand in the first, the stat lines were even, comparing field goals, free throws and overall productiveness between the two teams. After all, Antonutti's Eskomos (5-1) had yet to lose entering Monday, and were ranked No. 6 in the a Class AA polls.
"Barnum has always been one of the most fun teams to play since I was little," he said of the two teams that will meet again Feb. 10 at Barnum. "I was just trying to play my role."
"It was a big win; everybody was having a good time," Barrett said. "We knew this would be a little personal for coach, but every game we are going to come to play. Coach told us to have fun with this one, but we needed to get right back at it Monday with practice."
Plan to get to tonight's game plenty early. Parking can be like a game of Tetris at the Heritage, while seats will be at a premium for the many hockey lover's in our area. Arriving for the JV game beforehand is not frowned upon.
"It's an indescribable feeling," said Reed, a 5-foot-9 right-handed guard who is in her fourth and final year of varsity and finishes her career unbeaten in Jug games. "It's a really big game. It means a lot every year."
Bird lit the lamp once in last week's opening period, using a nifty head fake to beat CEC senior goaltender Erin Genereau. After a scoreless second frame, Bird was at it again in the third, counting the game's second and third goals, giving the elusive forward a natural hat trick.