“The old attitude that defense wins championships is something I believe more than scoring a bunch of points and putting butts in the seats,” Antonutti said. “I think our girls have bought into that. They’re playing good team defense.”
“From what I saw tonight, that Fond du Lac team is a scary team,” said Harris, watching them for his first time.
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At one point, Naslund, Weets, Adamczak and Deadrick were on the floor together, in front of many friends and family in attendance. Staniger added that keeping local talent like this at home means a great deal to him and them.
Hurt by early foul trouble, Cromwell-Wright coach Jeff Gronner said their deficit got to near 20 in the opening half. The Cardinals trailed 44-35 by the break, only to get to within a couple of possessions later on, before fading away.
“Getting that jug is the best feeling ever,” an overjoyed Groth said before and after plenty of photos with friends, family and teammates holding the 36-year-old keepsake. Groth said school was difficult last week, admitting, “I couldn’t even concentrate in any of my classes,” as the hallways were buzzing about both contests each day.
“The first question the parents asked in my first meeting was ‘Are you going to win the jug game?’” Harris chuckled. “Everybody let me know right away what was important.
A former Cloquet basketball player myself, I decided to lace up my black Nike high-tops and play a couple games of lightning with the six. Needless to say, I didn’t win either.