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Cardinals jump on Little Falls

The Alexandria girls’ basketball team hasn’t had any drama in the second half of its first two wins of the season.

One game after putting up 60 points in the first half of the season opener, the Cardinals raced out to a 49-9 lead by the break and cruised to a 75-16 win at Little Falls on Tuesday.

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“The defense was in sync as we forced the Flyers into several turnovers and tipped passes that our teammates gobbled up behind the tips,” head coach Wendy Kohler said. “The entire team benefited from the sharp ball movement and unselfish passing as the balance in scoring makes us difficult to defend.”

Alexandria had that balance on Tuesday as six different players finished with at least six points. Amanda Christianson had 22 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Karly Betterman added 13 points.

Newcomer Brooke Heggie, a junior center who transferred from Crookston in the off-season, gives this team another weapon. She finished with eight points, while Sarah Bruzek did the same. Kendall Kohler added six points and Cheyenne Hendrickson had six points, six rebounds and five assists.

It’s the kind of start to the season Alexandria was hoping for as the Cardinals improved to 2-0. They have the rest of the week off before going to Sauk Rapids next Tuesday and coming back to Alexandria for the home opener against St. Cloud Tech next Friday night.


ALEXANDRIA 49 26 – 75


ALEXANDRIA – Hendrickson – 6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists; Christianson – 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists, 8 tipped passes; Macy Hatlestad – 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 9 tipped passes; Kohler – 6 points, 4 steals; Heggie – 8 points; Bruzek – 8 points; Emily Thul – 4 points; Sam Frederick – 2 points; Amanda Gould – 4 points

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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