Small-school Esko girls, boys fall to big-school rival Duluth East
Girls The Esko girls basketball team has been impressive this season. A season removed from a state tournament appearance and the Eskomos look as if they are a formidable foe in the section again this season. On Saturday the Eskomos got a good lo...
The Esko girls basketball team has been impressive this season. A season removed from a state tournament appearance and the Eskomos look as if they are a formidable foe in the section again this season. On Saturday the Eskomos got a good look at Class AAAA power Duluth East and played the Greyhounds tough. Then on Tuesday it was a win over Hinckley-Finlayson.
In their 77-71 loss to Duluth East on Saturday, the Eskomos displayed their offensive abilities against the Greyhounds as Sami Mattson led the offensive charge for Esko with 15 points, joined by the 13-point effort of Jessica Bergstedt, 12 points from Ashley Langila and 10 each from Kelli Rengo and Amber Ryan.
East gained a 44-40 halftime lead and then managed to outscore the Eskomos 33-31 in the second half.
Also scoring for the Eskomos were Jade Baxley with six points, Roz Chromy added four and it was a point for Jamie Rust.
- The Eskomos rebounded from the loss on Tuesday night by defeating Hinckley-Finlayson 67-46 with Mattson again leading the way with 15 points and Bergstedt adding 10.
Langila had a solid night with nine, both Baxley and Ryan scored five, it was six for Amber Jubie, Rengo and Rust both scored four, Chromy, Kayla Jenkins and Katy Sunnarborg scored three points each.
Emily Schotten led H-F with a 12 point effort.
Esko struggled throughout the game in keeping Duluth East off the scoreboard, and while neither team made a huge run in the game, the Greyhounds had just a little bit more on the offensive side of the floor as they came away with a 69-57 win on Friday night.
The Greyhounds slipped ahead to a 35-28 lead at the half and then did a good job of maintaining that edge during the second half.
Scott Lindquist led the Eskomos with 16 points, Kevin Rengo added 13, Jake Olson added 10, Bryan Lindquist finished with nine, Jeremy Syrjanen recorded seven and Jake Toman finished with two points.
The Eskomos had trouble slowing down Dyami Starks who finished with 20 points and John Edlebeck who had 15 points.
Pine Journal sports reporter Kerry Rodd can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org .