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Hunters let one slip away against East

Duluth Denfeld jumped out to an early lead against Duluth East on Tuesday, and they seemed a little surprised. Then, following five straight points from Allison Sanderberg to end the first half, the Hunters pushed their lead to 25-21 and seemed d...

Duluth Denfeld jumped out to an early lead against Duluth East on Tuesday, and they seemed a little surprised. Then, following five straight points from Allison Sanderberg to end the first half, the Hunters pushed their lead to 25-21 and seemed downright baffled. It was as if they really believed they were not supposed to beat the Greyhounds, and as their coaches said afterward, sometimes the things teams believe can come true.
East's Erika Quigley scored four points in about a minute to open the third quarter, and the Greyhounds began their charge. When the game's final buzzer signaled the end of that charge, the Greyhounds had turned the tables on the Hunters, escaping with a 47-41 triumph.
"The kids showed a lot of guts coming back like that," said East's head coach Denise Olson. "From the end of the first half to the end of the game there was a 10 point turn-around."
That same turn-around which impressed Olson was a giant source of frustration for Denfeld's head coach Dick Swanson.
"We played so much harder against Hastings on Saturday (a 49-48 Denfeld win)," he said. "We gave them way too much room, and we didn't play like we have to play. On Saturday, when push came to shove, we got tougher, and tonight we backed off."
In addition to the Hunters' lack of a killer instinct on Tuesday, the team was also plagued by turnovers, which Swanson said came from not playing to win.
"There were way too many unforced errors," he said. "You can't have those, and we did."
The Greyhounds' pressuring defense, however, did deserve some credit for some of those errors.
"Our kids played some pretty solid defense," said Olson. "And when you play solid defense and pressure teams, it tends to rattle them."
Kristan Anderson, who gave the Greyhounds their first lead early in the fourth quarter, finished as the game's high-scorer with 17 points. Quigley also added 14 points for East. Denfeld was paced by Allison Sanderberg's 11 points.
The Hunters (2-1) will be off until Tuesday, when they host Superior, while the Greyhounds (2-2 going into Friday's game against Blaine) will host Tartan on Saturday evening.

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