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Junior Emma Friedrich got inside position on Hancock’s Leah Steiner for two of her 17 points on Tuesday night. Friedrich also added 16 rebounds against the Owls. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Second half leads B-E over Hancock

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Emma Friedrich scored 17 points for the Brandon-Evansville girls’ basketball team as it pulled away in the second half for a 54-44 victory over Hancock in Evansville Tuesday.

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The Chargers solidified the game with a strong effort in the second half. Hancock trailed by only one point at halftime, but the Chargers outscored its opponent by nine points in the second half.

A total of four Chargers were in double-digits in scoring as Carrigan Okerlund finished with 11, and Elizabeth Vinson and Mariah Hansen both added 10.

After the game, head coach Dick Simpson was happy to see the Chargers hold on to its lead once Hancock was in the bonus midway through the second half.

“I thought we held it together in the end and made free throws,” he said. “They got in some foul trouble.”

The players felt better about their performance after losing to Lake Park-Audubon 51-40 Monday night. In that game the Chargers had trouble sustaining the offense and only shot 22 percent on field goals.

“We played better defense and our shots were going in,” Friedrich said.

Simpson was also happy with the effort after playing a game the previous night. The Chargers showed improved shooting against Hancock as it was 33 percent on field goals.

“I thought the kids bounced back pretty well. We had a tough shooting night last night in the second half,” Simpson said. “To come back on a back-to-back, it was good to see that.”

One reason why the Chargers were able to keep its opponent from scoring many points in the second half was Hansen’s defensive effort. She finished with six steals in the game, including some key turnovers in the second half.

“They stare down their passes a lot, so it was easy to figure it out,” she said.

Hansen primarily controlled the ball in the game and had plenty of free throw opportunities once Brandon-Evansville was in the bonus. She was 8-for-10 on free throws Tuesday. Although Simpson said the Chargers have plenty of players who can handle the ball, right now Hansen is likely the team’s point guard.

“I thought she played pretty well defensively, and controlled the ball at the end and made some free throws,” he said.

Ball handling is a strong point for the Chargers this season. Simpson said they have more players who can move the ball down the floor this year than the previous few seasons.

“You probably would say Mariah is the point guard, but we’ve got a number of kids who can handle the ball, I think,” he said. “So we’re not stuck with just one person.”

The Chargers are now 3-2 overall this season. The Chargers played a game in Underwood on Thursday, yesterday, before taking a break and resuming games in January.

GAME RESULTS

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 26 28 – 54

HANCOCK 25 19 – 44

TOTALS – B-E - FG – 16-49; FT – 18-28; Rebounds – 39; Turnovers - 8; HANCOCK – FG – 17-53; FT – 4-5; Rebounds – 29; Turnovers - 11

B-E – Megan Kokett – 3 points; Carrigan Okerlund – 11 points, 6 rebounds; Elizabeth Vinson – 10 points, 4 assists; Mariah Hansen – 10 points, 6 steals; Emily Friedrich – 17 points, 16 rebounds; Kristine Betterman – 3 points, 5 rebounds; Melissa Haseman – 5 rebounds

HANCOCK – Sabrina Mattson – 4 points; Lexi Steege – 4 points; Kassandra Algarate – 5 points; Karol Algarate – 4 points; Sami Schmidgall – 21 points; Kayla Crowell – 6 points

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 25 15 – 40

LAKE PARK-AUDUBON 24 27 – 51

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 14-61; FT – 3-4; Rebounds – 35; Turnovers – 15; LAKE PARK-AUDUBON – FG – 21-49; FT – 8-16; Rebounds – 39; Turnovers – 17

B-E – Megan Kokett – 8 points, 4 steals; Carrigan Okerlund – 9 points, 6 rebounds; Elizabeth Vinson – 10 points; Mariah Hansen – 3 points, 7 assists; Emma Friedrich – 8 points; Kristine Betterman – 2 points; Melissa Haseman – 10 rebounds; Kinsley Randt – 4 steals

LAKE PARK-AUDUBON – Jennifer Hamre – 7 points; Lindsey Olson – 16 points; Sarah Swenson – 4 points; Breann Hogie – 8 points; Carley Raaen – 2 points; Bailee Bartunek – 14 points

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is a sports reporter at the Echo Press. Before working in Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. He previously worked as the community editor of the Mound Laker for more than a year. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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