Little Falls’ offense was stuck in neutral in the first half against visiting St. Cloud Cathedral, hitting just 3-of-22 shots from the field as it fell behind 20-13 by the break, Thursday.
Then, the Flyers switched gears, pressuring, attacking and eventually flustering the Crusaders on both ends of the floor, producing a 44-34 Granite Ridge Conference win.
“The girls really turned up their defensive intensity during their run,” Little Falls head coach Trent Grams said.
The Flyers forced 16 Cathedral turnovers in the second half and got to the line repeatedly for 22 free-throw attempts, hitting 15.
“Clutch free throws were big for us in the second half,” Grams said. “I was very proud of our energy and defense. Our shots didn’t fall, but we scored enough to get the conference win.”
Junior Kendra Pohlman and sophomore Melanie Dorn each scored 13 points, while sophomore Sarah Gold had eight, senior Laura Moe picked up five and sophomore Jordan Schuett added four for the Flyers.
Dorn also made three blocks and recorded seven steals, with Pohlman and junior Heidi Moe each grabbing seven rebounds.