Record setting split
The Brandon-Evansville girls set a couple new school records for threes made in a single game as the Chargers split two games over the weekend.
Brandon-Evansville came back down from that record-setting night in a 72-61 win over Little Eight Conference rival Ashby on Friday when the Chargers fell to Ortonville at the University of Minnesota-Morris in a 60-52 game on Saturday.
Brandon-Evansville fell behind by 15 in that game. The Chargers battled back and got it to within five, but couldn’t quite get over the hump against an Ortonville team that is now 9-6 and had a bad taste to get out of its mouth after losing by 40 the night before to Morris Area.
“I thought we didn’t play quite as smart as we did the night before,” head coach Dick Simpson said. “Defensively, we were kind of slow to get back on defense. They had a bunch of fastbreak baskets, especially in the first half…Ortonville is pretty quick, and I think they were out to prove that they were better than getting beat by 40 points.”
The night before saw the Chargers finish with one of their best shooting nights in school history. Senior guard Megan Kokett set a new Brandon-Evansville record with six threes made on her way to a team-high 24 points. It was part of a new team record of 12 threes made in a single game.
“This is about the first group that I’ve ever had that if they miss it doesn’t bother them,” Simpson said. “And that’s fine. For years, somebody will miss one or two and they’re done. These girls, they’re not bashful about putting them up. They want to score. That’s what I like about a bunch of these kids.”
Kokett hit two threes in the first half and caught fire in the second half with four from beyond the arc.
“It felt perfect,” she said of her shot. “I didn’t even look sometimes. I just felt it. It’s fun, especially my senior year.”
Kokett was one of four players in double figures against the Arrows. Elizabeth Vinson had 18 points behind three triples. Carrigan Okerlund his three triples on her way to 14 points and Emma Friedrich had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Chargers needed that on a night when Ashby’s Cassandra Jordan finished with 26 points and Kerstyn Schroeder had 15.
“Shooting covers up a multitude of sins,” Simpson said. “We had four in double figures and then when we could get the ball to Emma, she’s pretty strong and quick in the post. We had a few fouls on them down low and that helped us out a little bit because they made shots too.”
Brandon-Evansville finished by shooting 20-of-39 from the field, while the Arrows were 24-of-49. The Chargers came back and shot 20-of-58 from the field in the loss to Ortonville the next night.
Friedrich led the way against the Trojans with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Kokett added 13 points and four steals, while Mariah Hansen had 10 points and five steals.
That loss dropped Brandon-Evansville to 3-4 in the Pheasant Conference. The Chargers are part of the Pheasant and LEC this season. Their 5-1 record in the LEC had them tied with Battle Lake and Parkers Prairie atop that league after this past weekend’s games.
Brandon-Evansville was trying to add to that when Hillcrest Lutheran Academy came to town last night, Tuesday. The Chargers will also welcome in Henning for a 7:30 p.m. tip this Friday.
GAME STATISTICS ORTONVILLE 30 30 – 60
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 22 30 – 52
TOTALS – B-E – FG – 20-58; FT – 7-13; Rebounds – 30; Ortonville – FG – 26-57; FT – 6-13; Rebounds – 40
B-E – Kokett – 13 points, 4 steals; Okerlund – 4 points; Vinson – 2 points, 7 assists; Hansen – 10 points, 5 steals; Friedrich – 19 points, 12 rebounds; Kristine Betterman – 2 points; Melissa Haseman – 9 rebounds
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 30 42 – 72
ASHBY 23 38 – 61
TOTALS – B-E – FG – 20-39; FT – 20-26; Rebounds – 26; Ashby – FG – 24-49; FT – 7-12
B-E – Kokett – 24 points, 4 steals; Haseman – 2 points; Okerlund – 14 points; Vinson – 18 points, 4 assists; Friedrich – 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists; Betterman – 3 points; Hansen – 6 assists; Kinsley Randt – 5 assists
ASHBY SCORING – Amber Sundal – 7; Schroeder – 15; Jordan – 26; Madison VanSanten – 7; Abi Ras – 3; Becca Hanson – 3