Milaca girls score exciting victory

One-point victories in basketball are very exciting.

Just ask Milaca first year girls coach Amanda Wojciechowski, whose team defeated Pine City 55-54 in a non-conference game at Milaca Tuesday, Jan. 31.

“Everyone was happy and excited,” said Wojciechowski, “We played well. Things got a little tense at the end but we held on.”

Pine City held a 31-29 lead at halftime.

Junior guard Julia Putz led Milaca with 20 points. She sank six three-point baskets in the second half.

Eighth-grade center Molly Banks scored 15 points – all in the first half – while sophomore guard Sarah Forker had 10 points.

Pine City, which slipped to an 8-10 record, was led by senior guard Gretchen Linzmeier, who scored 28 points and junior forward Natalie Kolling, who scored 10 points.

On Friday, Little Falls topped Milaca 65-39 in a Granite Ridge Conference game at Little Falls. On Monday, Maple Lake topped the Wolves 61-40 in a non-conference game at Maple Lake.

The Wolves, 0-8 in GRC play and 3-16 overall, are at Zimmerman for a GRC game Friday night at 7:30, then host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at 1 p.m.