Wayzata's Jenna Johnson pushed her way through St. Croix Lutheran defenders Kenzie Maki (left) and Juel Skrien on the way to two of her game-high 23 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Wayzata's Jenna Johnson entered Thursday's contest against St. Croix Lutheran needing 31 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
And for a time, it appeared the 6-foot-2 junior might reach that total in the first half of the contest against the Crusaders.
Johnson scored 18 in the opening half and finished with 23 for the game in helping the Trojans claim an easy 74-44 victory in their first-round contest of the Pioneers Holiday Tournament hosted by Hill-Murray.
St. Croix Lutheran junior Kenna Moon (32) set up for a three-point shot as Wayzata's Brynn Sender defended. Moon made the shot for three of her team-high 12 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Wayzata's Jenna Johnson scored 23 points, including 18 in the first half, to help her team to a 74-44 victory over St. Croix Lutheran in the first-round of the Hill-Murray Girls’ Holiday Tournament Thursday.
The Trojans (9-1, 0-0) also got 16 points from Annika Stewart.
Wayzata, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, saw Johnson, a junior, score the first eight points of the contest. The Trojans used several runs to lead by as many as 22 points in the first and take a 39-18 lead into the locker room at the half.
Wayzata eventually led by as many as 31 points in the second half before settling on the final margin.
St. Croix Lutheran (6-2, 0-0) was led by 12 points from junior Kenna Moon, 11 from junior Juel Skrien and 10 by eighth grader Laura Hauge.
With the victory, Wayzata will play the winner of the contest between Forest Lake and host Hill-Murray starting at 7:15 Friday, while St. Croix Lutheran drops to the loser's bracket for a contest against the loser of the game between the Rangers and Pioneers that will begin at 3:45 p.m. Friday.
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