The girls' team at Wabasha-Kellogg HS in Minnesota dropped its opener Tuesday night to local rival Plainview-Elgin-Millville 73-69. The Falcons, coached by blog interview subject Glen Irvin, took a quick 10-point lead and forced some early foul trouble.
"Unfortunately we couldn't capitalize on free throws or wide open looks or we would have easily eclipsed the century mark," Irvin wrote to me in an e-mail. "Instead the game stayed close throughout and we missed key free throws in the last minutes that helped them seal the victory."
Here are The Formula numbers for Wabasha-Kellogg:
- Attempted 90 shots (goal is 80)
- Attempted 40 3-pointers (goal is 40)
- Rebounded 46 percent of its misses on offense (goal is 40 percent)
- Forced 48 turnovers (goal is 30)
- Attempted 33 more shots than Plainview-Elgin-Millville (goal is 15)
So, 5-for-5 in goals, which almost always leads to a victory, yet didn't this time. Falcons shot 18 percent on their 3s and only 21 percent at the free throw line, and you would expect those numbers to improve as the players get more accustomed to The System.
Taylor Lerum led Wabasha-Kellogg with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting and Emily Huth added 13 points and eight rebounds. Others chipping in included Nicki Alexander (eight points and 12 rebounds), Karli Harris (eight points) and Kalyn Biever (five points, five assists and five steals, a triple five-pack!).
Coach Irvin and his team travel to Lewiston-Altura on Thursday night.
"Last year we had two great games that we played against them winning at home and losing on the road," Coach Irvin wrote. "This team will run with us so hopefully the score is in the 80s, which I believe will give us a great chance to pull off a win."
Good luck to him and the Falcons. We'll check back in with them.