Coach Glen Irvin and the girls' team at Wabasha-Kellogg HS in Wabasha, Minn., have had a rough time this season, with injuries depleting their roster and forcing them to go away from The System for a while.
Once he had enough depth to go at it again, Coach Irvin went back to the most wonderful style of basketball the world has ever seen. The results, at least for one game, were wonderful.
The Falcons traveled to Lake City on Monday night and came away with a 68-59 victory, improving their record to 3-12 and giving the players some much needed momentum heading into the final portion of the schedule. Nicole Alexander led the way with 21 points, 16 rebounds and six steals and Kalyn Biever added 17 (and five 3-pointers) as Wabasha-Kellogg opened a 32-point lead in the first half.
According to Coach Irvin, Biever came in averaging only about four points, but played the role of "preferred shooter" in the Grinnell-style offense and made the most of her opportunity. All five of her 3s came in the first half.
"We only have three wins this season but I have a really good feeling that we are going to make a run here at the end of the season," Coach Irvin wrote to me in an e-mail.
I certainly hope so. The best of luck to the Falcons the rest of the way, beginning with a home game Friday night against Caledonia.