The Chaska Hawks came from Carver County to Richfield Friday night and used a balanced scoring attack led by Ellie Thompson's 15 points to beat the Holy Angels Stars 79-46.
Thompson put the Hawks on the board :21 into the game. She would score four of Chaska's first six points. The Stars would end the Hawks 6-0 run on a basket from Rachel Banovetz. Chaska would then go on a 8-0 run, sparked by a three point play from MaKena Panning. They would use speed, precision passing and outstanding defense to dominate Holy Angels in the first half and build a halftime lead of 48-17.
Panning would also open the Hawks second half scoring. The lead would increase further on a pair of three pointers from Kendall Baab. Chaska would also go on a 15-4 run. Banovetz would be a bright spot for the Stars when she scored a three point play. But it wouldn't be enough for Holy Angels to catch up to he eighth ranked team in Class AAAA. With the game approaching running time at the 9:00 mark, head coach Tara Seifert put in the reserves. They would also figure in the scoring column as a total of 12 players would tally for Chaska, accounting for 30 points off the bench while Holy Angels scored five. The only Stars reserve to score was seventh grader Destinee Oberg.
Other Hawks in double figures were Panning with 14 points and Hannah Rohe added 10. Laura Bagwell-Katalinich led the stars with 17 points. Banovetz added 14 and Kara Mae Caron scored 10.
Megan Koosman of Chaska is a relative of former Mets and Twins pitcher Jerry Koosman.
Chaska improved their record to 16-4 and will host the Northfield Raiders Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30. Holy Angels fell to 8-11 and will also play on the 11th as they travel to Red Wing to face the Wingers at 7:30.