Girls' basketball: Brandon-Evansville tops CGB
By: Eric Morken, Alexandria Echo Press
The Brandon-Evansville girls used a late run in the first half to propel them to a 62-48 win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley last Friday night.
The Chargers trailed by seven points before Carly Steffenson and Megan Kokett hit back-to-back threes to give their team a little momentum. That would turn into the story of the game as Brandon-Evansville finished with nine triples on the night. Freshman Elizabeth Vinson had three of those in the opening half as she helped get her team going after a sluggish start.
“That was really a boost there for us,” head coach Dick Simpson said of Vinson’s first half. “We hit nine threes for the game, so we just need to keep that going. After a sluggish first half, we picked it up later and played better in the second half.”
The Chargers have been playing better basketball since mid-December after starting the season 0-5. The win over CGB was the team’s fourth straight as Brandon-Evansville moved to 4-5 overall.
The Chargers did that with a pretty balanced effort offensively. Megan Friedrich led three players in double figures against the Wolverines. She finished with 16. Kokett and Steffenson added 14 and 10 points, respectively, while Vinson and Emily Friedrich each added nine.
The Chargers had a chance to even their record at .500 against a winless Hillcrest team last night, Tuesday. They will then travel to Battle Lake this Friday to take on a 3-7 Battlers squad.
B-E 31 31 – 62
CGB 30 18 – 48
TOTALS – B-E – FG – 22-62; Free throws – 9-20; Rebounds – 34; Turnovers – 13; CGB – FG – 19-39; Free throws – 6-11; Rebounds – 27; Turnovers – 22
B-E – Kokett – 14 points; Steffenson – 10 points; M. Friedrich – 16 points, 4 steals, 5 deflections; Vinson – 9 points; Mariah Hanson – 2 points, 4 assists; E. Friedrich – 9 points, 11 rebounds; Sara Roers – 2 points; Kinsley Randt – 4 assists
CGB SCORING – Kendra Gilsdorf – 15; Alissa Stueve – 4; Savanna Sullivan – 13; Morgan Nordly – 14; Gina Gilsdorf – 2