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Tale of two games for Charger girls

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The Brandon-Evansville girls split two games on back-to-back nights as the Chargers went to Concordia College on Saturday and fell 47-32 after beating Rothsay in the Little Eight Conference 67-34 on Friday.

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Hawley is 15-6 and has now won nine straight after taking care of the Chargers. The Nuggets led 17-9 at the break on Saturday as neither team could generate much offense. The Chargers shot just 11-of-39 from the field and had 26 turnovers.

“Defensively, we played pretty well against Hawley,” head coach Dick Simpson said. “I thought we played hard, so that was good. Hawley is pretty good. Their defensive quickness didn’t give us very many good looks at the basket. We were kind of uncomfortable all night that way.”

Emma Friedrich was the only Brandon-Evansville player in double figures with 10 to go along with seven rebounds. Megan Kokett added six points, and Olivia Olson and Mira Ellefson paced the Nuggets with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Things came a lot easier for the Chargers the night before as they improved to 8-1 in the LEC by running past a 2-15 Rothsay team. Brandon-Evansville hit eight threes and frustrated the Tigers on defense with 17 steals.

“We had a good offensive game,” Simpson said. “We jumped on them early and everybody got to play. Ten different players scored. We shot well with confidence and we shot in rhythm.”

The Chargers actually trailed 2-0 before scoring the next 23 points. They led 43-15 at the half to put this one away early.

Elizabeth Vinson had 15 points to lead all scorers. Mariah Hansen added 10, while Kylee Hansen and Kokett finished with nine and seven points, respectively.

The Chargers have a busy week, highlighted by a big conference tilt against Parkers Prairie on Tuesday night. The Panthers and Chargers were both tied atop the conference at 8-1 heading into this week.

The Chargers were also scheduled to play at Graceville on Monday before welcoming in Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Thursday. They then wrap up the week at Ashby on Friday.

GAME STATISTICS

HAWLEY 17 30 – 47

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 9 23 – 32

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 11-39; FT – 6-10; Rebounds – 24; Turnovers – 26; Hawley – FG – 20-43; FT – 3-5; Rebounds – 27; Turnovers – 19

B-E – Kokett – 6 points; K. Hansen – 1 point; Toni Wright – 2 points; Carrigan Okerlund – 3 points; Vinson – 4 points; M. Hansen – 5 points; Friedrich – 10 points, 7 rebounds; Morgan Stelzer – 1 point

HAWLEY – Jody Noreen – 9; Olson – 13; Jordan Byklum – 2; Haley Cederberg – 2; Karyssa Hovelson – 5; Ellefson – 12; Shayanne Mattfeld – 4

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 43 24 – 67

ROTHSAY 15 19 – 34

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 23-59; FT – 13-18; Rebounds – 30; Steals – 17; Turnovers – 11; Assists – 15; Rothsay – FG – 16-41; FT – 0-3; Rebounds – 31; Turnovers – 22

B-E – M. Kokett – 7 points; K. Hansen – 9 points; Melissa Haseman – 5 points, 4 rebounds; Katie Kokett – 2 points; Okerlund – 6 points; Vinson – 15 points, 4 rebounds; M. Hansen – 10 points, 4 rebounds; Friedrich – 6 points; Kristine Bettermann – 2 points, 4 rebounds; Stelzer – 5 points

ROTHSAY – Lexy Dunbar – 5; Chelsie Lankow – 6; Kristi Peterson – 5; Skylar Buckingham – 4; Morgan Lider – 2; Madison Honer – 6; Kennedy Larson – 6

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