The defeat had more to do with what Cooper did with the basketball, rather than without.
Defensively, as is generally the case for the Hawks, things were fine in their girls basketball showdown with DeLaSalle Jan. 3.
That included the rebounding effort of senior Talayiah Rich, who surpassed a remarkable statistical milestone in what was a 42-40 loss to the Islanders.
Rich had 22 rebounds, giving her 1,016 for her career. A year ago as a junior, Rich passed the 1,000-point mark as a high school player. Now, she the only player – girl or boy – in Cooper history to record at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds while playing for the Hawks.
“It’s pretty remarkable,” said head coach Jen Rademacher. “She’s been such a consistent rebounder, but to get to 1,000 in both points and rebounds is really unique.”
That the milestone came in a defeat likely took away some from the moment, but as Rademacher noted, the loss had more to do with what Cooper failed to do offensively.
“We have to hit shots,” she said. “That’s what I told them afterwards. We played outstanding defensively, so if we make our open shots, we win. I really wasn’t too displeased. We did everything we needed to do to win expect score, and we know that will come.”
Rich did her part, pouring in a team-best 22 points, to go with those 22 rebounds.
Rich only needed six more boards heading into the game to get to 1,000. She was there by the 10-minute mark of the first half.
“There was no doubt she was going to get there in the game,” Rademacher said. “I just wish we could have gotten her the win too.”
Cooper was idle over the weekend before returning to North Suburban Conference play by hosting North Branch Jan. 8.
The Hawks also host St. Francis Friday, Jan. 11.
PC falls in game of No. 1’s
The top ranked boys basketball teams in both Class 3A and 4A met up Jan. 3, and on this night at least, the title went to the smaller of the two schools.
DeLaSalle topped Park Center 76-60 after roaring back from a 38-24 halftime deficit to hand the Pirates (10-1) their first loss of the winter.
Islander junior Reid Travis finished with a game-best 36 points in the win. Quinton Hooker scored 24 for Park Center.
The Pirates rebounded from the loss the very next night, as they returned to Northwest Suburban Conference play and beat Elk River 76-63 Jan. 4.
Hooker finished with 29 points in that win.
This week, Park Center played at Anoka Jan. 8, before turning around to host Blaine at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Rebel girls improve to 7-3
The Champlin Park girls basketball team returned form a two-week hiatus to win on back-to-back nights last week.
The Rebels topped Minneapolis Washburn 58-41 Jan. 3 and then beat Coon Rapids 47-35.
Kalli Zimmerman had 16 points in the victory at Washburn. Alli Zopfi added 13 and Alexis Alexander 10.
Alexander scored 14 more in the victory at Coon Rapids.
This week, the Rebels (7-3) played host to Cambridge-Isanti Jan. 7 and then Elk River Jan. 8 before heading to Anoka for a 7 p.m. tip Thursday, Jan. 10.
Breck boys heating up
The Breck boys hockey team appears to be hitting its stride.
A week after a strong showing in the Gold Division of the Schwan Cup, the Mustangs opened 2013 with a pair of impressive victories over Rochester Lourdes and Providence Academy.
Breck, rated fourth in the most recent Class A state rankings, beat sixth-ranked Lourdes 7-2 Jan. 3
Thomas Lindstrom scored three times for Breck in the win, and he added an assist as well.
The Mustangs upended Providence Academy 10-1 Jan. 5. Matt Colford was in on seven of the goals, scoring four and setting up three, and Lindstrom recorded his second hat trick of the week in the win.
This week, Breck played at Totino-Grace Jan. 8 and then at Minnehaha Academy Jan. 10 before hosting Moorhead at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
Falcons extend streak to 4
The Armstrong boys basketball team’s winning streak reached four games after a 66-58 victory over Centennial Jan. 4.
Konnor Goettsche’s 14 points paced a balanced attach that saw six different players scored at least seven points for the Falcons.
With the win, Armstrong improved to 6-3.
This week, the Falcons played at No. 5 Osseo Jan. 8 and then at home against Coon Rapids Thursday, Jan. 10.