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Norwood-Young America's defense shuts down conference foe Southwest Christian

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine, 01/10/19, 9:30AM CST


The Raiders, led by Hayden Glander and Grace Strickfaden, forced 29 turnovers in the Minnesota River matchup.

Norwood-Young America forward Hayden Glander (24) with a layup attempt Thursday against Southwest Christian. The Raiders beat the hosting Stars 56-42. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine.

Basketball and football are fundamentally different sports, and there’s not much they have in common. When it comes to similarities, however, the generalization that winning the turnover battle leads to game victories is something that can be shared by both sports.

Using a suffocating defense on the court that shut down playmaking options, Norwood Young America (9-2, 4-1) beat Southwest Christian (6-6, 3-3) Thursday, 56-42, by forcing the Stars into 29 turnovers.

First report

Norwood-Young America picked up a conference road win on Thursday, defeating Southwest Christian 56-42.

After opening with a 6-0 run, the Raiders (9-2, 4-1) maintained control most of the game, led by a defense that forced 29 turnovers. Grace Strickfaden posted a game-high eight steals with her 12 points, and Hayden Glander, who finished with a game-high 19 points, also had five steals and three blocks while lurking in the paint and the high post. Abby Mackenthun added 12 points for Norwood-Young America.

The Stars (6-6, 3-3) were highlighted by a defensive performance as well, as Brenna Krommendyk tallied a game-high eight blocks. She added 12 points and nine rebounds.

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