Buck reaches milestoneTuesday at Larry Sonju Gymnasium was Tesha Buck night. The sophomore reached the 1,000-point milestone midway through the first half when she hit a jumper near the free-throw line.
By: Ryan Nilsson, The Republican Eagle
Tuesday at Larry Sonju Gymnasium was Tesha Buck night. The sophomore reached the 1,000-point milestone midway through the first half when she hit a jumper near the free-throw line. After that, the Wingers’ 73-35 victory over the Academy of Holy Angels seemed almost anticlimactic by comparison.
Buck, just a sophomore, entered the game needing nine points to reach the landmark. She finished with a game-high 17.
“I wanted to get it at home -- home fans and the whole family here,” said Buck, who has played on varsity since she was a seventh-grader. “… Here was much more special tonight.”
Red Wing got off to a quick start. Holy Angels coach Nathan McGuire was forced to take a timeout with 12:00 to play in the opening half and his team trailing 14-2. The Stars outscored the Wingers the rest of the half and went into the locker room trailing 32-21.
While Red Wing never seemed threatened, Wingers coach Kraig Ulveling said he was discouraged with how his team closed out the half.
“It was probably the most frustrated I’ve been all year at halftime,” Ulveling said.
Red Wing responded in the second half. The Wingers scored 41 points after halftime and held the Stars to 14.
“We took control of it from the start,” Ulveling said. “We started running the offense better, moved the ball. The second half is the way I think we should play all the time.”
Holy Angels has a pair of 1,000-point scorers on its roster, according to Ulveling. Laura Margarit looked the part and led her team with 12 points; however, Elizabeth Lecy didn’t play because of illness.
To read more about Buck and the Wingers (10-2 overall, 1-1 Missota Conference), pick up Saturday’s newspaper.