Girls' basketball: Strese reaches 1,000th point in winThe Charger junior had 27 points in Brandon-Evansville's win over Browerville Monday night.
With just four and a half minutes left to play in Monday night’s game against Browerville, Brandon-Evansville’s Heather Strese joined an elite group of athletes as she reached the 1,000-point career mark.
The Charger junior, who needed 22 points to reach that milestone, finished the night with 27 as she and her team were able to hold off the Tigers for a 54-51 win, moving them to 2-2 for the season.
Strese joins her sister, Megan, as well as Jenna Meissner, Kayla Boesl and Debbie Slack as the only five Chargers to reach 1,000 points. Strese also passed the mark held by her mother, Dana Berglund Strese, earlier this year.
It was Strese’s performance that helped boost the Chargers to their three-point win as she and her team overcame a shaky first half. Strese notched 18 of her 27 points in the second stanza.
“We played pretty good defense,” said Charger head coach Dick Simpson, “but struggled offensively, especially in the first half.”
The Chargers were 18 for 24 from the free throw line and the Tigers were just five for eight, just one more key to the victory.
“Free throws were definitely a factor,” Simpson added. “We only had seven fouls, which was pretty good.”
In addition to Strese’s 27 points, she pulled down 12 rebounds, giving her a double-double night on the hardwood. The Brandon-Evansville junior rounded out her game with three assists.
Megan Friedrich contributed 11 points and three steals to the Chargers’ statistics.
Brandon-Evansville is slated to travel to Bertha-Hewitt on Tuesday.
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 54, BROWERVILLE 51
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE – Kinsey Randt 2, Megan Friedrich 11, Tasmine Okerlund 2, Heather Dickey 6, Brianna Bitzan 6, Heather Strese 27. Field goals 18-49, Free throws 18-24, Rebounds 28 (Strese 12, Dickey 6, Bitzan 6), Steals leader (Friedrich 3), Assists leader (Strese 3), Turnovers 7.
BROWERVILLE – Kenley Johnson 17, Taylor Oberg 6, Haley Piotroroski 4, Kayla Dreher 12, Andie Buhl 3, Heidi Sticha 9. Field goals 20-46, Free throws 5-8, Rebounds 22.