A 76-37 blowout of Milaca pushed the Pierz boys basketball team’s win streak to four games, and the Pioneers’ overall record to 7-2 on the season.
Pierz rallied to a 39-20 halftime lead, and really pushed the pedal in the second half, outscoring the Wolves 37-17.
Nine different Pioneers scored in the contest, including three in double figures.
Pierz was led by Ryan Stuckmayer, who notched 18 points, while seniors Michael Leidenfrost (14) and Jonah Prokott (13) were also in double figures.
The Pioneers’ next contest will be at Crosby-Ironton, Tuesday.
In other Granite Ridge Conference action, the Little Falls Flyers split a pair of GRC games.
First, the Flyers were able to hang on and earn a 62-53 win over Zimmerman at home, Feb. 12.
Leading the way in the win was Austin Neu, who notched 22 points and added nine rebounds.
Also in double figures were Zach Gwost with 12 points and Luke Kush and Hastin Pechan with 10 points apiece. Kush also had 11 rebounds.
The Flyers followed up the win with a 67-38 loss at Sauk Rapids-Rice, Tuesday.
A tough Storm team led 26-17 at halftime, but soared past the Flyers in the second half with 41 points.
Kush finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Little Falls (5-5) is set to travel to play a non-conference game at Osakis, Tuesday.
Pioneers dispatch Wolves, surpassed by Huskies
Pierz played a pair of Granite Ridge Conference girls basketball games recently, and split.
First, the Pioneers were able to take care of business on the road with a 57-32 win at Milaca, Feb. 11.
In the win, senior Courtney Strohmeier had an efficient night with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Fellow senior Emily Sadlovsky added 10 points and five steals.
Pierz used the momentum of the win and a three game win streak into a matchup against No. 2 Albany, Tuesday.
As with the first time the Pioneers and Huskies Clashed, 56-45 Albany win on Jan. 22, the Pioneers were in the game throughout.
After falling behind by 11 at halftime, Pierz clawed back in the second half despite only shooting 24% from the field, but ultimately fell, 53-41.
Emily Ann Dehler made 8-of-9 free throws and scored a team-best 17 points to go with eight rebounds.
Kiara Olesch added nine points and 10 boards in the loss.
In other GRC girls basketball action, Little Falls fell twice in the middle of an extended run of road contests.
First, the Flyers lost at Zimmerman, 67-25, Feb. 11.
Kendal Swantek led the way with 11 points in the loss.
Next, Little Falls was unable to work out of an early hole in a 61-37 loss to Milaca, Tuesday.
The Flyers trailed 31-11 at halftime, and couldn’t cut the deficit in the second half.
Swantek finished with a team-best 16 points, and senior Taylor Jordan added 11.
Little Falls (3-8) is at Foley, Tuesday.
Pierz (7-3) will host Zimmerman, Tuesday.