Alexandria girls' basketball: Bowser defense leads Cardinal girls
Holding its opponents to just 41.9 points per game, the Cardinal girls' basketball team produced the best defense in the state in Class AAA, leading Alexandria to an 18-9 overall record and a 13-3 league mark, earning them Central Lakes Conference runner-up honors for 2012-2013.
Kalli Bowser was a big part of that defense, and her play game-in and game-out earned her defensive player of the year honors from her teammates.
Bowser finished the season with 121 defensive rebounds and 75 on offense for a team high 196 overall. She became a member of the 200-point club, finishing the season with 259.
Bowser proved to be a well-rounded player as she was also named to the Academic All-State team for having a grade point average of 3.8 or above.
Amanda Christianson was named offensive player of the year and also received the playmaker of the year award from her teammates.
She was second to Bowser in rebounds with 99, was second in assists with 60 and had 61 steals to finish second in that category as well.
Christianson became a member of the 400-point club this season as she reached 431 points, leading her team in free throw percentage at 86 on 104-for-121, and leading in three-point shooting with 33.7 percent.
She was named to the All-State honorable mention team for her efforts.
Karly Betterman was selected as the hardest worker by her team, leading the Cardinals in assists with 61 and steals with 65.
She also reached the 200-point club with 216 and led the Cardinals in two-point shooting percentage at 45.
Jess Syvrud earned the award for the best attitude/TOP 20 and was also an Academic All-State member, and Alyssa Freiderich received the most improved player award.
TEAM AWARDS - Amanda Christianson - offensive player of the year, playmaker of the year; Karly Betterman - hardest worker; Kalli Bowser - defensive player of the year; Jess Syvrud - best attitude/TOP 20; Alyssa Freiderich - most improved.
FREE THROW SHOOTING - Amanda Christianson 104-121, 86 percent.
2-POINT FIELD GOALS - Karly Betterman 45 percent, Dani Strater 43 percent, Emily Thul 41 percent, Kalli Bowser 41 percent.
3-POINT FIELD GOALS - Amanda Christianson 33.7 percent.
400-POINT CLUB - Amanda Christianson 431. 200-POINT CLUB - Kalli Bowser 259, Karly Betterman 216. 100-POINT CLUB - Jessica Syvrud 100.
ASSISTS - Karly Betterman 61, Amanda Christianson 60, Jessica Syvrud 57.
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS - Kalli Bowser 75. DEFENSIVE REBOUNDS - Kalli Bowser 121. TOTAL - Kalli Bowser 196, Amanda Christianson 99, Dani Strater 77, Jessica Syvrud 72.
STEALS - Karly Betterman 65, Amanda Christianson 61, Dani Strater 48.
ALL-STATE ACADEMIC - Kalli Bowser, Jessica Syvrud.
ALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION - Amanda Christianson.
TEAM GOLD AWARD for cumulative grade point average of 3.78 or above.
STATE DEFENSE, CLASS AAA (points allowed) - 1. Alexandria 41.9, 2. North Branch 43.2, 3. Fergus Falls 43.2,4. Detroit Lakes 43.3, 5. Simley 43.6.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, GOLD (3.6-4.0) - Natalie Amundson, Gretchen Revering, Halley Score, Kalli Bowser, Amanda Christianson, Jessica Syvrud, Heather Johnson, Anna Lee, Emily Thul, Karly Betterman, Carly Dropik, Dani Strater, Sarah Bruzek, Macy Hatlestad, Kendall Kohler. SILVER (3.0-3.59) - Samantha Frederick, Alyssa Freiderich, Amanda Gould.
LETTER WINNERS - Dani Strater, Jessica Syvrud, Kalli Bowser, Amanda Christianson, Karly Betterman, Sarah Bruzek, Amanda Gould, Emily Thul, Jaylen Olson-Rodel, Alyssa Freiderich, Samantha Frederick, Macy Hatlestad, Kendall Kohler. MANAGERS - Karla Thoennes, Sam Carver.
PARTICIPATION - Cheyenne Hendrickson, Anna Lee, Carly Dropik, Heather Johnson, Halley Score, Natalie Amundson, Gretchen Revering. MANAGERS - Emily Kuennen, Kendra Holm.
CENTRAL LAKES ALL-CONFERENCE - Amanda Christianson, Kalli Bowser. HONORABLE MENTION - Karly Betterman, Jessica Syvrud.
CLC PERFORMER OF THE WEEK - Amanda Christianson, Kalli Bowser.
CLC ACADEMIC ALL CONFERENCE (3.5 or higher, seniors only) - Dani Strater, Jessica Syvrud, Kalli Bowser.
CAPTAINS - Dani Strater, Kalli Bowser, Jessica Syvrud.