The Rocori girls basketball team has had a long stretch of losing seasons, but the Spartans are off to a much better start this winter at 8-3.

Alexandria came in focused after a road loss to Detroit Lakes on Feb. 16 and ran all over Rocori in a 73-42 final on Thursday. It was a 43-19 Cardinals’ lead at the half.

Four finished in double figures for Alexandria as Mataya Hoelscher (16 points), Jaya Hatlestad (13), Alayna Strand (12) and Myah Kremer (11) led a balanced effort for the Cardinals.

The win moved them to 8-3 overall and 7-1 in the Central Lakes Conference. Alexandria hosts Section 8-3A rival Bemidji (5-4) on Tuesday night at 7:15.

ALEXANDRIA 43 30 - 73

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ROCORI 19 23 - 42

ALEXANDRIA - Mataya Hoelscher - 16 points; Jaya Hatlestad - 13 points; Alayna Strand - 12 points; Myah Kremer - 11 points; Hadley Thul - 5 points; Kaia Empter - 5 points; Lilly Horn - 4 points; Cate Bloom - 3 points; Morgan Jones - 2 points; Chloe Scholl - 2 points