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Balance has to carry Brandon-Evansville girls

The Brandon-Evansville girls’ basketball team will continue to look for a source of consistent offense this year with a young lineup that includes only three seniors.

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Last season, Megan Friedrich often led the Chargers in points, but after she graduated this spring the team has spread out its offensive numbers.

So far this season, her sister Emily Friedrich has showed the ability to lead the Chargers in scoring on most nights. The junior led the team in scoring with 17 points and added 16 rebounds in a 54-44 win against Hancock Tuesday.

Head coach Dick Simpson was happy with the way the team got Friedrich the ball Tuesday when she had the opportunity to score.

“It takes everybody in there, but we did a pretty good job of getting her the ball,” he said. “She’s a little too unselfish at times, but we’ll take whoever scores.”

Friedrich agreed that the team has done a good job of showing a balanced scoring attack this season. Now that her sister has graduated, the Chargers’ players will continue to work on finding offense wherever they can find it.

“Somebody has to pick it up,” Friedrich said. “The team does a good job of splitting it up.”

Four of the Chargers’ players were in double digits in Tuesday’s game. Carrigan Okerlund added 11, and Elizabeth Vinson and Mariah Hansen both finished with 10 points. Without a scorer who can lead the team on a nightly basis, the Chargers are just fine with going to whoever has a hot hand.

“We’ll take anybody scoring,” Simpson said. “We were pretty balanced; we actually had four people in double figures (Tuesday).”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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