Girls’ basketball defeats Chaska

Team credits win to teamwork


Hayley Westwood

Junior Lindsey Olson dribbles past a Chaska defensive player. The Orioles won 74-61 on Jan. 16.

David Bryant

Sophomore Jordyn Turek said the girls’ basketball team felt well after defeating Chaska, a difficult opponent in the past.

“I feel really good about the game, we haven’t beat Chaska in awhile and I think that we really came together as a team,” Turek said.

After its win over Chaska 74-61, the girls’ basketball team improves its record to 9-6 on the season.

Assistant coach Chris Nordstrom said the teams hard work allowed the girls to pull through with a win against a well structured opponent.

“We knew that Chaska was tough because they lost to the number one team in the state by four points, so we knew it was gonna be a battle and for us,” Nordstrom said. “To come out and execute what we were trying to do and hold off a tough team, I thought it went really well and it was a good conference win.”

Turek said the team excelled because of the confidence each team member has in another.

“We trusted each other so we always made that extra pass. We were confident and I think we all had the same goal to get the job done,” Turek said.

According to Nordstrom, taking good and accurate shots gave the team the opportunity to capitalize on the opponent.

“We shot the ball really well. That really helps, and when your shooting the ball well it opens us up to a lot of different things. We stayed tough and just battled through a couple of there runs and rebounded well down the stretch,” Nordstrom said.

Nordstrom said the team has a few weaknesses to move forward from, but its mostly positive performance showed in the win.

“I think it’s just the defensive side. We tend to sell out, box out, get rebounds, limit there second and third chance possessions and just continue to move the ball well,” Nordstrom said.

Turek said the team excelled in getting extra steals, showing improvement from previous games.

“I feel like we communicated a little bit better this game then we usually do which helped us get those steals that we don’t usually get,” Turek said.

Nordstrom said this win shows promise for continued success in the rest of the season.

“By just playing our game, staying aggressive, communicating and boxing out, I think we did pretty well. Hopefully we can continue doing that as the season progresses,” Nordstrom said.

The Orioles next game is 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the St. Louis Park High School against Bloomington Jefferson.