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Card girls' basketball: Alexandria calms the Storm

Eric Morken, Echo Press Cara Wood knocked down 10 points against Sauk Rapids-Rice Tuesday night in the second meeting betwen the Cardinals and the Storm. Alexandria cruised to a 72-32 win in the Central Lakes Conference contest, leaving them in third place in the standings.

Building a 44-16 halftime lead on the road at Sauk Rapids-Rice Tuesday was a good indicator of just how efficient the Cardinal girls' basketball team has become.

These birds are flying pretty darn high right now.

Alexandria built on that lead and rolled on to a 72-32 Central Lakes Conference win, their fifth straight victory in their 15-2 season to date.

"[We] brought a storm of our own as we set the tone early and never looked back," said Cardinal head coach Wendy Kohler. "Energy on defense and offensive efficiency were the keys as the Cards overwhelmed the Storm on both ends of the floor."

Redbird junior guard Lauren Trumm was a force to be reckoned with on her own as she poured in 32 points, then added eight steals, continually putting the pressure on the Sauk Rapids-Rice ball handlers.

Two other Cards had double figure nights as Samm Trumm, Alexandria's senior center, tossed in 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and junior guard Cara Wood knocked down 10 points, then added five assists.

Three other players scored for Alexandria as Jolynn Warnes had eight, Amanda Christianson four and Whitney Gesell two. All players saw significant time in this game.

"Bri Ebert was solid, along with Lauren Johnson, Marisa Eigen, Emily Peck, Jessica Syvrud and Brittany Ludwig," said Kohler.

"The balance and depth again were the story."

Alexandria is now 11-2 in conference play and 15-2 overall. Their only two losses on the year are to Fergus Falls and Sartell, the two teams ahead of them in the CLC standings and in the state rankings for Class AAA.

The Sabres are No. 3 on the list, with the Otters at No. 6 and the Cardinals at No. 7.

The Cardinals will be hosting Willmar tonight, Friday, in a classic battle between the two rival squads.

Willmar stands just behind Alexandria in the league standings with an 8-3 record.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.


ALEXANDRIA 44 28 -- 72

SAUK RAPIDS-RICE 16 16 -- 32

ALEXANDRIA - Lauren Trumm 32, Sam Trumm 16, Cara Wood 10, Joie Warnes 8, Amanda Christianson 4, Whitney Gesell 2. Rebounds - S. Trumm 8. Steals - L. Trumm 8. Assists - Wood 5.

SAUK RAPIDS -- Bailey Bemboom 3, Hannah Neuman 4, Ellie Henkemeyer 7, Emily Douvier 1, Cori Becker 4, Katie Cook 2, Theresa Arnold 11.