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Chargers don’t let losses linger

The Brandon-Evansville girls’ basketball team is still unbeaten in the Little Eight Conference heading into a matchup at Parkers Prairie tonight. 

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The Chargers haven’t let one loss turn into two losses all season and they didn’t on Tuesday as they beat Rothsay 54-43 after falling to Wheaton-Herman-Norcross in a 54-48 game on Monday night.

The Chargers got 21 points and eight rebounds from Emily Friedrich and 14 points from Carrigan Okerlund against Rothsay. The biggest difference in the game came at the free throw line, where the Chargers hit 21-of-27 shots and Rothsay went 6-of-10.

“We played a pretty solid game,” head coach Dick Simpson said. “We played well defensively and three free throws were the key.”

Brandon-Evansville got to the free throw line just nine times the night before and the Warriors’ ability to hold onto the ball helped them secure the win. The Chargers pressured the ball all game, but Wheaton finished with just eight turnovers. Jordan Stafford gave them 19 points and Arianna Karski added 16 for the Warriors.

“Story of the game is they made six threes, we made three and they only turned the ball over eight times,” Simpson said. “Wheaton played pretty well, and we played OK. The biggest margin I think was six points during the game. It was pretty back and forth.”

Friedrich had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Chargers. Elizabeth Vinson added 12 points, while Melissa Haseman grabbed eight rebounds and Kinsley Randt finished with five assists.

“We had our chances,” Simpson said. “But basically they played better than we did [that night].”

The Chargers were also without senior guard Megan Kokett, who missed both games after suffering a concussion late in a win over Battle Lake on January 9. Simpson said the team hoped to have her back by tonight, Friday, when Brandon-Evansville goes to Parkers Prairie.

It will be a battle of two of the top teams in the standings of the Little Eight Conference. The Panthers have been playing without senior guard Micaela Noga, who was injured earlier this season. They are still 3-1 in league play, while Brandon-Evansville moved to 4-0 in the LEC with the win over Rothsay.

GAME STATISTICS BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 28 26 – 54

ROTHSAY 23 20 – 43

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 16-40; FT – 21-27; Rebounds – 24; Rothsay – FG – 16-51; FT – 6-10; Rebounds – 21

B-E – Melissa Haseman – 7 points, 5 rebounds; Okerlund – 14 points; Vinson – 8 points; Mariah Hansen – 2 points; Friedrich – 21 points, 8 rebounds; Kristine Betterman – 2 points

ROTHSAY – Ashley Maack – 19; Lexy Dunbar – 4; Chelsie Lankow – 2; Kristi Peterson – 4; Skylar Buckingham – 4; Madison Honer – 7; Kennedy Larson – 3

WHEATON-H-N 26 28 – 54

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 30 18 – 48

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 19-44; FT – 7-9; Rebounds – 28; Turnovers – 13; Wheaton-H-N – FG – 20-53; FT – 8-11; Rebounds – 30; Turnovers – 8

B-E – Randt – 4 points, 5 assists; Okerlund – 5 points; Vinson – 12 points; Hansen – 3 points; Friedrich – 16 points, 11 rebounds; Haseman – 4 points, 8 rebounds; Betterman – 4 points

WHEATON-H-N – Stafford – 17; Kaitlin Rinke – 2; Kenzie Grimes – 5; Abby Lee – 6; Karsky – 16; Hannah Gail – 8

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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