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Strong second half leads Alexandria girls basketball over Sauk Centre

Karly Betterman tries to go to the basket Saturday night in a game against Sauk Centre. Betterman scored 15 points as the Cardinals rolled to a 60-44 victory. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

After only leading by one at halftime, the Alexandria girls’ basketball team outscored Sauk Centre by 15 points in the second half for a 60-44 victory at home Saturday night.

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Amanda Christianson led Alexandria offensively with 20 points, and Karly Betterman also had a strong game in scoring 15. Amanda Weir led the Mainstreeters’ scoring with 12 points.

The Cardinals defense played a big role in the strong second half as they were able to score multiple points off Sauk Centre’s turnovers.

“We always try to get the other team to turn over the ball, so it was good that we got a lot of those,” Betterman said.

The Cardinals also benefited offensively from some open looks in the second half. Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said the girls made some adjustments at halftime that allowed them to move the ball freely and wear the Sauk Centre defense down.

“Against good defense you need to run a good offense,” Kohler said. “We were just sloppy with the ball and patient with the ball in the first half, and I thought our kids really did a great job of settling in offensively in the second half.”

The Cardinals knew the game would not be easy after Sauk Centre beat them on the road last season 35-29. Alexandria successfully returned the favor Saturday, bringing its season record to 10-3 overall.

“I know they’re a tough team, but we knew if we work together and play as a team we can pull away,” Christianson said.

The loss dropped Sauk Centre to 10-2 overall.

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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