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The Alexandria girls’ basketball team could not have gotten off to a much better start to the year.

The Cardinals will play tougher teams this season, but they have taken care of business in a business-like manner against three teams they were expected to beat early on. That was definitely the case on Tuesday night as Class AAA’s third-ranked Alexandria traveled to Sauk Rapids and ran away with a 76-29 win.

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“Unselfish ball movement, executing and teamwork were keys in generating clean looks as we attacked from every position on the floor,” head coach Wendy Kohler said. “Our passing and timing on offense were very crisp at times as we continue to fine tune things.”

That movement led to a 69-percent shooting night for the Cardinals. Alexandria was efficient from inside the arc, hitting on 24-of-38 shots. Crookston transfer Brooke Heggie was the catalyst of that as she finished 10-of-11 for 20 points.

Amanda Christianson had another big game, as well. The senior guard had 22 points, eight assists and seven steals. Karly Betterman made it three players in double figures with 16 points on a night when everybody on the team saw minutes.

The Cardinals could get a good test in their home opener tonight, Friday, when they welcome in St. Cloud Tech for Parents’ Night. The Tigers are 3-1 with wins over Cambridge-Isanti, Princeton and Brainerd before falling to Rogers.

Both Alexandria and Tech join Fergus Falls and Rocori as the four teams still unbeaten in conference play early on this season. Tip is set for 7:30 tonight.

GAME STATISTICS

ALEXANDRIA 44 32 – 76

SAUK RAPIDS 18 11 – 29

ALEXANDRIA – Emily Thul – 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 block; Christianson – 22 points, 8 assists, 7 steals; Macy Hatlestad – 6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals; Kendall Kohler – 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 3 steals; Sarah Bruzek – 4 assists, 3 steals; Betterman – 16 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals; Jaylen Olson-Rodel – 1 rebound; Alyssa Freiderich – 2 rebounds; Carly Dropik – 1 rebound; Heggie – 20 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal; Cheyenne Hendrickson – 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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