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Photos: Crimson Defeat No. 14 Roseville 60-57 in 3OT

Dec 05, 2015 08:26PM ● By Doug Erlien

Maple Grove Senior High School senior Mackenzie Barta hasn’t found herself on the bench due to fouls too many times in her high school career.

 There also hasn’t been too many games where there is a zero on the score sheet by her name in the first half of a basketball game. 

Both were the case on Saturday as Barta picked up three fouls in the first half and sat on the Crimson bench for the final seven minutes of the first half. She wasn’t the only player in foul trouble. Starting point guard Skylar Dodge also found herself in trouble. With two starters out it could have been disaster for the young Crimson when they face Roseville Dec. 5.

It wasn’t. The Crimson held the lead at the half, then trailing by as many as five points in the second half, defeated No. 14 Roseville 60-57 in triple overtime.

“I don’t like sitting on the bench, so it was frustrating,” said Barta. “My team did amazing when I wasn’t out there and to be at halftime with a lead where I didn’t play very much at all was awesome.”

While Barta and Dodge watching, sophomores Lauryn Moline and Autumn Mlinar played solid and the Crimson led 21-20 at the half. 


Barta finished the game with 21 points to lead the Crimson to their first win of the season. Maddie Tharp added nine including a bank three-pointer that gave her team a one point lead in regulation.

“I knew coming in it was going to be a great game,” Crimson Head Coach Mark Cook said. “They took the lead and we had to fight back. Our kids showed great resolve. I’m really proud of them.”

After losing to No. 2 Minnetonka on Thursday, the Crimson picked up their first win of the 2015 season.

3 Stars:
1) Mackenzie Barta: After being held scoreless, the senior scored all of her 21 points in the second half including 15 from beyond the arc.

2) Allie Schmidt: Schmidt may have only scored eight points, but her play on the defensive end was huge.

3A) Kylie Binstock: The senior guard was disruptive on the defensive end of the floor picking up double digit deflections and creating turnovers.

3B) The kids. Sophomores Autumn Mlinar and Lauryn Moline played the last minute of regulation then didn’t come off the floor in the three overtime periods. The duo combined for 11 points and played solid during the overtime frames.

Up Next:
The Crimson travel to Eden Prairie High School to face the Eagles 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8  before returning home on 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 where they will host Irondale High School

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