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Minnesota high school team earns a shutout … in basketball

Dec 11, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT

When Moose-Lake Willow River puts the clamps on defensively, look out. The Minnesota varsity high school girls basketball team beat Wrenshall 65-0 on Thursday, thanks in part to smothering defensive pressure, plus the fact that Wrenshall missed 11 layups. Oops.
Key quote: Wrenshall coach Michelle Blanchard says she’s got a young, inexperienced team this year and on Thursday the “shots just weren’t going in.”

Moose Lake-Willow River coach Andrew Miller says he played his junior varsity players for nearly all of the second half, when his offense scored 25 points.

He says the Wrenshall team played hard the whole game and had chances to score. He reviewed the video tape and found they missed 11 layups.

Fun fact: Wrenshall (0-5) enjoyed a scorefest on Monday, losing 102-20 to Floodwood.
The New Jersey Nets could not be reached for comment.
Wrenshall (Minn.) girls hoops team blanked in 65-0 loss [USA Today]
Prep Report: Moose Lake-Willow River routs Wrenshall 65-0 in girls basketball [Duluth News Tribune]

  1. Ron Tell - Dec 11, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Unexcusable, humilating and the coach should be fired ( not the losing one). How arrogent of him. They should have backed off in the final quarter. Now the winning team is going to have a bad attitude and there will be some violence. I wish they had played my high school in NYC, we only lost to NY’s most famous high game ever played in NYC against Boys High from Brooklyn, with Connie Hawkins ( X NBA now hall of fame). We would show destroy their arrogence in the first 3 minutes would know what humilitation was. Front line was 6’8″ , 6’7″, 6’6″ , I was a guard at 6’5 and the shrip at the point was 6’4″ and two players were on the NCAA championship team, two of us went to the ACC. Ill bet these creeps will go nowhere

  2. Scott - Dec 11, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    Hey Ron,
    The ACC school you went to just called and they want your degree back! Seriously? How could a college educated person have such poor grammar and spelling?

  3. Reading is fundamental - Dec 11, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    You do realise this is a GIRLS high school team right? I’m sure your big bad boys would have no problem putting those arrogant girls back in their place, right?
    And this is fine. Playing your entire backup squad the second half is enough. Telling your backups to let up and not play, now that they’re finally gotten into a game, is a disgrace in itself. Not to mention the morale of the kids who are getting beaten takes just as big of a hit when the opposing team decides they’re not worth the trouble to even put forth any effort. Let the kids play hard, start to finish, and let the results be whatever they may.
    Games like this are going to piss someone off because there’s no good way to handle it.

  4. Jeff - Dec 11, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    The winning coach had the JV in the entire second half….so that was the right thing to do…no problems there. I am a high school girls coach as well…and maybe i have too big of a heart…but I would have let them score before the game ended. I totally understand that your kids have to play hard no matter who is in the game and im good with all that. But if it gets down to the end Im going to let them score on a possession no matter what. So what if I win 65-2? At least those kids on the other side dont have to end up on a national news website for getting blanked. Im just not that heartless.

  5. JMN3 - Dec 12, 2009 at 7:54 PM

    Having coached a Jr High team 2 years ago that got beat 37-0 gives me some perspective. Our team went 0 wins, 16 losses, and average loss was by nearly 30 per game. Our average score was 10 points per game. We were not competitive. Small school, small kids, no real talent. We put a team out there anyway. That’s not the team who beat us, or their coaches fault.
    Last year team went 0 wins, 18 losses. Worst loss was 4-54. Closest game was 18-36 loss. No one needs to be fired. We are just not that good, but we are giving the kids an experience playing a team sport that they wouldn’t otherwise ever have.
    This year team is 0-5. Average margin of loss is 32 points. Closest game was 30-36. It’s not the other team’s fault when they beat us 7-44. Its OUR fault. And we deal with it by trying to practice harder.

  6. Ace - Dec 15, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Being From ML/WR i’am proud of our girls program for shutting out the wrens! Its not our our fault that they couldn’t make a shot! I can throw up a behind the back no looker from half court and make it in as many chances they had to make a simple lay up! The basic fundamentals should be tought to the coach so he can “try” and teach the girls! Its not the coaches fault for how this game turned out, the girls from wrenshall are the only ones to blame…and their coach!
    G.A.T.A. 89

  7. Jerry - Dec 15, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    The sad part about this whole story is that it’s not the two schools, the coaches, or the girls who are having a problem with the loss. It’s the media that is making this into some ridiculous blown out of proportion mess. MLWR is a great school as is Wrenshall. The WS girls felt bad after the loss but harbor no ill feeling to the opposing team. These are a group of girls who were left behind when a previous coach nurtured 6 girls hoping for a state bound team. There are girls playing that have never been on the court before, a new coach and a community that is proud of them. Give them a break, they just want to be active and be a part of a team. They were never under any misconception that they were going pro….. just playing a game and having some healthy fun.

  8. Reader - Dec 17, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    Ron, take it easy. The description in the article is wrong. The winning team didn’t use “smothering defensive pressure.” Against a team that lost its prior game 102-28? No, the author made that part up. The winners played ordinary defense. No full court press or anything like that. It’s just that the poor gals that got shut out just couldn’t buy a bucket (note that they missed 11 layups). This was not like that 100-0 game in Texas from last year.
    BTW … you sound like the one who needs his arrogance “destroyed.” Sorry that none of us know who the hell you are or recognize how great you were.

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  10. phil ober - Feb 27, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    let me tell u the people of northern mn r the best people in the world,leave the publicity in da basement,respect northern mn,whrenshall keep ur head up,i mean da girls ur better than they r,eh