December 20, 2022 at 2:41 p.m.
With a week of postponements and lack of practice due to inclement weather, the Albany Area High School girls basketball team got one game in, and in doing so, picked up its first Granite Ridge Conference win.
The crowd may have been sparse due to the blowing snow outside Dec. 16, but the Huskies handled the Foley Falcons 61-37 at Albany Area High School in Albany.
Early in the first half, the Huskies and Falcons stayed close, with the score sitting at 6-4. Albany then went on a 12-0 run to go ahead 18-4 at 12:17, with several players scoring. Alyssa Sand, Tatum Findley, Savanna Pelzer and Kylan Gerads all contributed.
“I thought our defense, especially early on, really set the tone,” said Aaron Boyum, head coach.
Foley cut into the lead a bit, making it a seven-point game at 18-11. After that, Albany outscored Foley 18-7 to close out the first half up 36-18.
Albany led by as much as 27 in the second half and never by less than 18.
“They were pretty patient against our zone,” Boyum said. “Then, I thought when our girls switched to man-to-man and with that energy and that speed, we were able to create some points and opportunities off turnovers.”
Kylan Gerads scored 20 to lead the Huskies, with Alyssa Sand netting 13.
“It was a really good night for us after being away from school for a few days, just trying to get back into the flow, and now we go from here to next week,” Boyum said.
ALB 36 25-61
FOL 18 19-37
Albany: Gerads 20 points (7R, 6S), Sand 13 (8R, 9S, 4A, 4B), Tatum Findley 8, Carmen Eiynck 6 (4R), Savanna Pelzer 5, Natalie Blonigen 4, Samantha VanHeel 3 (4R) and Callie Holthaus 2.