In two games this week, the Magic showcased that they can win at least two different ways.
Friday the girls went to Sartell and won a defensive showdown with the Sabres, 43-38.
Monticello worked the halftime lead up to 23-17, and was able to hold on in the second half for the five-point victory. Gabby Laimer led a balanced offensive attack, scoring 11 points and dishing out four assists. Christine Lui scored nine points for the Magic, while Grace Sawatzke had eight points to go with her 10 rebounds and seven steals.
Tuesday night, the Magic showed they can win with their offense too, as they beat Annandale 66-55 behind a season-best 21 points from Sawatzke. Again, the Magic jumped out to a halftime lead, this time 33-22 on their way to victory. Alyssa Lentner scored 15 points for the Magic and Laimer added 12 to help shoulder some of the scoring load.
Monticello is home Thursday night to take on Orono at 7:15 p.m.
North Wright County picked up two shutout wins this past week, sandwiched around a loss to state-ranked Wayzata.
The week begin Thursday, with a 6-0 victory over Spring Lake Park.
The Riverhawks, led by Dani Sibley, outshot SLP 35-17. Sibley scored three NWC goals and assisted on two others for her largest scoring output of the year. The Hawks also got goals from Mackenzie Johnson, Emily Achterkirch and Kaleigh Hamann. Alex LaMere saved 17 shots in the victory.
Saturday, the Hawks hosted Wayzata, who entered ranked No. 12 in Class AA. A goal from Maddi Young kept the game tied at one in the first period, but Wayzata outshot the Hawks 38 to 15 on their way to a goal in each period and a 3-1 victory.
Tuesday, NWC beat the St. Cloud Icebreakers 3-0.
Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake took a tough loss to open its season, falling 4-3 to Sartell in the game’s final minutes.
Thanks to two second-period goals from Mark Rieger-Borer, the Moose found themselves knotted at two with Sartell after two periods. In the third, MAML took its second lead of the game. With just over ten minutes to play Robbie Stromme found the back of the net, putting the Moose up 3-2.
That lead would stand until the final 3:13 of the game. That is when Sartell tied it up on a goal from Kyle Erickson. Less than 30 seconds later, Sartell added the game winner.
Reiger-Borer added an assist to go with his two goals, while Stromme and Sam Johnson each racked up two assists as well. Darien Jones made 18 saves for the Moose.
MAML will look for its first win of the young season tonight when they play host to Hutchinson at the Moose Sheritt Ice Arena. The puck drops at 7.