Viking girls hit rough waters in opener

Published 9:59 pm Friday, November 22, 2019

HAYFIELD — The Hayfield girls basketball team suffered from some growing pains as it dropped its season opener 60-47 to Fillmore Central (1-0 overall) in Hayfield Friday.

The Vikings (0-1 overall) committed as many turnovers as the number of points they scored in the first half at 18 apiece as their young players were a little overwhelmed to start the night.

“It was a big crowd tonight for a lot of players’ first game,” Hayfield head coach Kasey Krekling said. “We’re inexperienced. Rachel Pack started last year and Cela Carney played a little bit off the bench. Everyone else was playing their first varsity minutes and it looked like it.”

Hayfield’s Cela Carney goes baseline for an early hoop against Fillmore Central Friday night in Hayfield. Eric Johnson/

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Hayfield trailed by as many as 18 in the second half.

Eighth grader Kristen Watson had 14 points, five rebounds and four steals in her varsity debut for the Vikings and senior Lila Gronseth had four points and 10 rebounds.

Hayfield’s Lila Gronseth fends off pressure during the first half against Fillmore Central Friday night in Hayfield. Eric Johnson/

FC 32  28    60

Hayfield 18  29    47

Hayfield scoring: Kristen Watson, 14; Cela Carney, 6; Aine Stasko, 5; Taylor Burt, 5; Payton O’Malley, 5; Lila Gronseth, 4; Alexis Ward, 3; Rachel Pack, 2; Ella Bauer, 1; free throws: 82 percent (14-for-17); rebounds: 33 (Gronseth, 10); turnovers: 29

Hayfield’s Rachel Pack drives against Fillmore Central in first half Friday night in Hayfield. Eric Johnson/