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Girls' basketball: Brandon-Evansville falls to Underwood, Parkers Prairie

The Brandon-Evansville girls put up a good fight but came up just short in a 44-36 game against Underwood on Tuesday night.

The first time these two teams met this year, the Rockets ran right past the Chargers 70-42. On Tuesday, Brandon-Evansville was within two points with three minutes, 16 seconds left. That's when Underwood's Megan Biegler scored six of her 11 points to help her team hold on.

"The biggest difference was on the boards," Chargers head coach Dick Simpson said. "They had 27 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds. They have two six footers in there, and we did a pretty good defensive job on them really. I thought our girls played hard. We had a game plan and pretty much followed it, but we just didn't quite get the shooting."

Brandon-Evansville shot just less than 27 percent (14-52) compared to a 44 percent shooting night for the Rockets (20-45). Underwood also out-rebounded the Chargers 42-26 behind post players Carly Masloski and Greta Thormodson.

"They're big," Simpson said. "They killed us inside and that was the problem."

Masloski finished with a game-high 16 points, most of which came on put-backs after offensive rebounds. Megan Friedrich led Brandon-Evansville with 10 points, while Megan Kokett had seven and Carlie Steffenson and Emma Friedrich each added six.

The loss dropped the Chargers to 6-7 overall and to 3-4 in the Little Eight Conference. A busy week continued for them last night, Thursday, with a game in Ashby before they go to Henning tonight. Brandon-Evansville will then welcome in New York Mills next Monday.

Underwood moved to 7-1 in conference play with the win. The Rockets remained a game back of Parkers Prairie in the loss column at the top of the LEC.



UNDERWOOD 22 22 - 44

TOTALS - B-E - FG - 14-52; FT - 6-7; Rebounds - 26; Turnovers - 12; Underwood - FG - 20-45; FT - 3-8; Rebounds - 42; Turnovers - 19

B-E - Kokett - 7 points, 3 steals; Steffenson - 6 points; M. Friedrich - 10 points, 3 steals; Elizabeth Vinson - 4 points; E. Friedrich - 6 points, 9 rebounds; Kristine Bettermann - 3 points

UNDERWOOD SCORING - Karlea Thorson - 2; Krista Aasness - 2; Biegler - 11; Masloski - 16; Kaitlin Holen - 6; Thormodson - 7

Parkers Prairie 75, B-E 31

Brandon-Evansville couldn't keep up with an undefeated Parkers Prairie team as the Panthers ran past the Chargers 75-31 last Thursday night.

Madison Dorn finished with 31 points to pace a Parkers Prairie team that built a 43-16 lead by the half. The Panthers did that with a couple big runs. They led 10-0 early before the Chargers settled in to cut it to 20-13. Parkers Prairie responded after a timeout with a 23-3 run over the final seven minutes of the first half.

"Parkers is good," Chargers head coach Dick Simpson said. "You can't make mistakes against Parkers. You have to play pretty mistake free, and we just didn't."

Brandon-Evansville shot just over 25 percent from the field (12-of-47) and didn't have a player in double figures. Megan Kokett led her team with nine points, while Carlie Steffenson, Megan Friedrich and Kristine Bettermann each had five.

Micaela Noga had 10 points but was a distributor for most of the night with seven assists. She added eight rebounds and four steals, while Brenna Warren poured in 10 points and Ally Taylor finished with nine.

The win moved Parkers Prairie to 14-0 heading into a game with Ashby last night, Tuesday. The Panthers will then play at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Thursday before welcoming in fellow Section 6A power Ada-Borup on Saturday.

The Chargers had a six-game winning streak snapped with the loss. They were scheduled to be in Underwood last night, Tuesday, before going to Ashby on Thursday and Henning on Friday.



B-E 16 15 - 31

TOTALS - B-E - FG - 12-47; FT - 3-5; Rebounds - 24; Turnovers - 16; PP - FG - 26-75; FT - 16-20; Rebounds - 37; Assists - 15; Turnovers - 12

B-E - Kokett - 9 points; Melissa Haseman - 2 points; Steffenson - 5 points; M. Friedrich - 5 points; Mariah Hansen - 3 points, 5 rebounds; Emma Friedrich - 2 points; Betterman - 5 points, 7 rebounds

PARKERS PRAIRIE - Dorn - 31 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 3 blocks; Jessica McDaniels - 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Noga - 10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals; Taylor - 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists; B. Warren - 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; LaDeanna Swanson - 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Renee Warren - 4 points, 5 rebounds; Danielle Pratt - 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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