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No. 7-ranked Brandon-Evansville girls top Dutchmen, Battlers

The Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball team remained perfect on the early season with an easy 72-36 win over Melrose on Tuesday night.

The Chargers shot 58 percent from the field and put the Dutchmen away early behind a strong first half. Brandon-Evansville built a 19-point lead at the break before holding Melrose to just 13 points in the second half to pull away.

"Obviously our shooting was the key last night," head coach Dick Simpson said. "To shoot 58 percent, that's pretty good, and we played pretty good defense. We didn't give them many good looks."

The Chargers feature a balanced lineup and they showed that against the Dutchmen, putting four players in double figures. Jenna Meissner led the way with 17, while Katie Boesl was not far behind with 16 points. Megan Strese and Michelle Bruns also contributed 14 and 11 points, respectively.

The win moved Brandon-Evansville to 4-0 on the season. The Chargers will welcome Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley to town tonight in a game that will commemorate the 1998-99 state championship team. The players from that team will be introduced between the B-squad and varsity games to honor them on the 10-year anniversary season.



MELROSE 23 13 - 36

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE LEADERS - Katie Boesl - 16 points, 7 assists; Carli Randt - 2 points; Jenna Meissner - 17 points, 5 assists; Megan Boesl - 2 points; Heather Dickey - 2 points; Michelle Bruns - 11 points; Heather Strese - 8 points, 9 rebounds; Megan Strese - 14 points

TEAM STATISTICS - Field Goals - BE - 32-55; Melrose - 14-57; Free Throws - BE - 3-6; Melrose - 7-11; Assists - BE - 22; Turnovers - BE - 11; Melrose - 11; Rebounds - BE - 35; Melrose - 24

Chargers 65, Battle Lake 45

The Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball team picked up another Little Eight Conference win last Friday night.

The Chargers moved to 2-0 in the LEC with a win over the defending conference champion, Battle Lake. Brandon-Evansville jumped out to an early 13-point lead and never looked back from there on its way to a 65-45 win.

The Battlers lost three starters off a 24-1 team from a year ago. That has been a lot to overcome this season as they fell to 1-2 with losses to LEC frontrunners Parkers Prairie and now the Chargers.

"They still play very aggressive," Chargers' head coach Dick Simpson said. "But we had very good balanced scoring. Seven people scored for us, and we shot the three ball pretty well. I think we were 7-10, 7-11 maybe. That's pretty good."

Katie Boesl was a big part of that success from behind the line. Boesl hit five threes for all 15 of her points in the game. She was the second-leading scorer behind Megan Strese, who led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Battlers got to the free-throw line 41 times on the night, converting 27 of those. They were held to just nine field goals in the game, though, making it difficult to sustain any kind of run.

"We played pretty good defense," Simpson said. "We didn't rebound particularly well, and we fouled too many times, but defensively I feel they had to work to get their shots."

The win for the Chargers helped them keep pace with Parkers Prairie as the only two undefeated teams in the LEC. These two teams meet for the first time on January 6 when Brandon-Evansville travels to Parkers Prairie.

The Chargers will welcome Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley to town tonight, Friday, for a game that will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of their state championship team in 1998-99. The players from that team will be introduced between the B-squad and varsity games.



BATTLE LAKE 25 20 - 45

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE LEADERS - Katie Boesl - 15 points, 6 assists; Jenna Meissner - 9 points, 6 rebounds; Megan Boesl - 8 points, 6 assists; Nikki Olson - 5 points; Michelle Bruns - 6 points; Heather Strese - 3 points; Megan Strese - 19 points, 11 rebounds

TEAM STATISTICS - Shooting - BE - 25-58; BL - 9-39; Free Throws - 8-17; BL - 27-41; Rebounds - BE - 28; BL - 39; Steals - BE - 7; Turnovers - BE - 11; BL - 16; Assists - BE - 17