Area Female Athlete: Moore doing more for Lake Region
Marlee Moore was out of action for almost a month.
A concussion, then Christmas break held the junior post player for the Lake Region Christian Hornets off the basketball court for three and-a-half weeks.
Then came the St. Francis tournament Jan. 10-11.
During the Hornets’ opening-round 48-17 win over Prior Lake, Moore tallied 12 points and six rebounds.
She rattled off 15 points and five boards in Lake Region’s 51-26 win over Rosemount in the semifinals and then in the championship game against host St. Francis Moore went off. She tallied 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Lake Region to a 37-23 win.
“It was the first time she had been on the court so we were a little worried about how she would come back,” said Lake Region head coach Steve Ogren. “It was like she never missed a beat with either her shooting or her foot work. Her conditioning was hurting a little bit, but she’ll get that back.”
The three-year varsity player added 16 points and six rebounds in a 49-16 win over Maplewood Academy Jan. 14.
“I wasn’t really worried about coming back,” said Moore. “My friends and I practiced a few times over the Christmas break and we quickly got back into the flow of things.”
The 6-foot-2 post player is closing in on 1,000 career points. It’s a mark Ogren believes she’ll collect early next season. She would be the third girl to reach the mark following Lindsey Green and Ashley Kientzle, who both graduated in 2005, and Moore’s former teammate Bethany Cressman.
“She plays both high and low post well and she’s become a better passer from the triple threat position,” Ogren said. “She can drive right or left and she’s developed a nice touch from 12 feet. One of the exciting things that I see as a coach is how she works with our other post Grace Imdieke, who is only a freshman. That’s very beneficial to play with Marlee. It’s kind of what Marlee got to do with Bethany. She was a great mentor to Marlee and that helped her out a lot.”
Last season, Moore averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and three assists per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field. This season Ogren expected even more. So far Moore has delivered.
“My expectations were her to lead the team in scoring and for sure lead us in blocks and probably be second in rebounds,” Ogren said. “If we’re going to win it’s important for her to be at the top of her game and that means scoring points and getting rebounds. We had to play one conference game without her and we noticed it. We snuck by with a win just barely.”
Moore’s goals coming into the season were for her team to work as a cohesive unit. She wanted to see her team have many options on how to attack opponents and so far the Hornets have been able to do that.
“I think the season has been a lot of fun because even if a team covers up certain aspects of our team we have a bunch of secret weapons, so to speak, to work with,” said Moore. “All of my teammates have different abilities and qualities and that’s what makes us work well together.”
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Jordyn Glenz, Verndale, finished with 22 points against Henning and 13 rebounds and three points against New York Mills.
Bailey Nordean, Aitkin, finished with 16 points, seven steals and five assists against Hinckley-Finlayson.
Megan Porta, Pine River-Backus, finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Ogilvie.
Grace Imdieke, Lake Region, finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds against Prior Lake.
Katie White, Pequot Lakes, finished with 22 points against Crosby-Ironton.
Gymnastics: Rachelle LeBlanc, Little Falls, won the beam and the all-around against Detroit Lakes.
Nordic Skiing: Maria Hauer, Little Falls, finished sixth in the Mesabi East Invite, the nation’s largest prep meet.