Duluth Marshall senior Gianna Kneepkens tied her career high with 51 points — the sixth time that total has been reached in Northeastern Minnesota girls basketball history — to lead the Hilltoppers to a 73-58 victory over Grand Rapids on Saturday at Marshall.
Kneepkens, who is averaging 44.5 points per game in Marshall’s first two games, passed North Woods graduate Darby Youngstrom into second place all-time among Northeastern Minnesota girls scoring leaders with 2,884 career points. That’s also seven points more than former Hopkins star and current Connecticut standout Paige Bueckers.
Mountain Iron-Buhl’s Chelsea Mason finished her career with 3,035 to stand 20th in state annals.
Kneepkens, who has signed to play at Division I Utah, also scored 51 points in 2019, just one off the Northeastern Minnesota single-game record shared by Chisholm’s Judy McDonald (1983), Ely’s Letitia Dusich (1997) and Silver Bay’s Jocelyn Russell (2017).
Hermantown 65, Cloquet 56
Elly Schmitz scored 27 points and surpassed 1,000 career points to lead the Hawks to victory at their Lake Superior Conference rival.
Maddy Young had 18 points to pace the Lumberjacks.
MLWR 72, Barnum 44
Natalie Mikrot poured in 38 points — 30 from beyond the 3-point stripe — to lead the visiting Rebels to the Polar League win.
Hibbing 87, Chisago Lakes 64
Junior guard Ayden McDonald recorded a career-high 41 points to pace the visiting Bluejackets to the nonconference road win.
McDonald netted five 3-pointers, while Mayson Brown and Tre Holmes each added 18 points.
Cloquet 90, Hermantown 73
Adam Schneider and Alec Turnbull each scored 22 points and the visiting Lumberjacks outscored the Hawks 44-24 to the LSC win.
Grand Rapids 83, Duluth Marshall 74
Austin Hanson (26) and Brady Bachmann (22) combined for 38 points as the visiting Thunderhawks won the LSC contest to give coach Scott Bachmann his first victory.
Jasper Timm tossed in 32 points for the Hilltoppers.
LCA 85, Ogilvie 71
Lance Puffer totaled 31 points and teammate Matthew Wright scored 27 points as the Lions cruised to the win.
Grand Rapids 3, Moorhead 0
Wyatt Pilkenton registered 14 saves as the Thunderhawks traveled across the state to blank the Spuds and open the season 2-0.
Superior 6, New Richmond 2
The Spartans scored five times in the third period and overcame a 2-0 deficit to win the nonconference game at Wessman Arena.
NWC 4, GRG 3
Sydney Peterson’s third goal 54 seconds into overtime lifted North Wright County to the nonconference road win at Grand Rapids-Greenway.