Girls basketball: Zimmerman's Daugherty breaks 2,000 career points in loss
Zimmerman senior guard Alyssa Daugherty broke 2,000 career points in a 68-52 loss against Monticello on Dec. 7 at Zimmerman High School.
Daugherty needed 9 points coming into the game and had 8 points after the first half. A few minutes into the second half, Daugherty found an open lane to the basket and took it, bouncing the ball off the backboard and into the net, surpassing 2,000 career points in the process.
Thunder head coach Lance Dalbey proceeded to call a timeout before handing Daugherty a personalized 2,000-point club basketball, while receiving a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Daugherty finished the game with a team-high 14 points, but it wasn't enough to offset a strong second half performance by the Magic, who trailed 24-23 at halftime and outscored the Thunder 44-29 the rest of the way for the win. Anna Olson led Monticello with 20 points, helping the Magic improve to 3-1, while dropping the Thunder to 0-4.
Daugherty now stands at 2,005 career points and is only 103 points short of the district record, which is held by Rogers' Casey Mann, who finished her career with 2,108 career points.
Thunder girls basketball
The Zimmerman girls basketball team began the season with a convincing loss, 89-61 to Waconia on Nov. 27. The Thunder fell down 16 at halftime and could never recover.
Kendal Schottenbauer led the Thunder with 19 points, while Alyssa Daugherty scored 16 in the loss.
Zimmerman lost three three-year starters to graduation, so Thunder head coach Lance Dalbey will be looking for players to step up to fill those spots early in the season, as the Thunder look to defend back-to-back Granite Ridge Conference titles this season.
On a positive note, they return Daugherty, who is the school's leading scorer, as well as starting guard Katie Jacob.
Up next, the Thunder stay on the road to play Cambridge-Isanti on Nov. 30.
Zimmerman girls basketball
Last Year: 19-10, finishing as the Granite Ridge Conference champions and Section 5AAA runner-up.
Head Coach: Lance Dalbey (8th season)
Assistant Coach: Jason Donahue, Jeff Downing, Rich Bond
Captains: TBD, returning senior starters are Alyssa Daugherty and Katie Jacob
Key Losses: Naomi Hagstrom, Ilea May, Makayla Pool
Key Returners: Alyssa Daugherty, Katie Jacob
Potential Breakout Players: Coach Dalbey expects many players to step up and fill the shoes of Hagstrom, May and Pool, who were all three-year starters for the team.
Coach Says: “With limited experience returning, we will be looking for kids to fill some pretty big shoes. There will definitely be a learning curve early on this season as we put things together, but we have a lot of kids competing for playing time, which should make for a very competitive practice environment each day. The conference will be stronger this season, top to bottom, but we feel like we should be able to compete with everyone in the conference. Our section will also be improved and will be very balanced. We are going to focus on improvement early and not focus on scoreboards as much. This should help us be better prepared by the time we hit the second part of the regular season.”
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