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Three-game skid for girls' cagers

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball team. The Panthers entered this week mired in their first losing streak of the season, which hit three games with a pair of losses against the top two teams in the Wright County Conference West last week.
Playing without guard Miah Monahan, who injured her ankle in a loss at Rockford on Jan. 18, the Panthers were nearly doubled-up in a 49-25 loss at New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The Wildcats, currently second in the WCC West, were all over visiting GSL from the start. The hosts roared to a 33-15 halftime lead before coasting to the 24-point victory.
Guard Olivia Lemke returned to the Panthers with 13 points to lead the squad. Forward Kasidy Cacka chipped in four points.
GSL returned home three nights later to take on the only team to have defeated NL-S in conference play this season: Annandale. The Cardinals have yet to lose in the WCC West this season, having topped the Wildcats 56-49 in overtime on Jan. 15.
However, it was the Panthers that held the lead for nearly three-quarters of their matchup with the conference leaders on Friday, Jan. 25. It was not until seven minutes had elapsed in the second half that Annandale went out in front, 27-26.
Unfortunately, once the Cardinals seized the advantage, they did not let go. Annandale built on the edge, leading by five points and then 10 points, before claiming the 48-36 win.
Monahan returned to the court on a still-tender ankle to lead all scorers with 17 points despite not recording a field goal in the second half. Lemke recorded seven points, with guard Teagan Hansch and Cacka logging four points apiece.
The losing skid has dropped GSL to 9-8 overall this season and 3-4 in WCC West play with the first half of the conference slate now concluded.
A home game against Dassel-Cokato, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. A make-up date had not yet been announced as the Chronicle went to press.
Up next for the Panthers is a three-game road trip that initially takes the team to Watertown-Mayer this Friday night. GSL is also scheduled to play a non-conference game at Section 2AA rival Sibley East on Monday before wrapping up the road string at Litchfield on Friday, Feb. 8.