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Card girls close out Brainerd

The Alexandria girls’ basketball team clamped down on defense in the second half on Friday to help create some distance in a 67-60 win at Brainerd.

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The Warriors used 15 free throws in the first half to send the game into the break in a 36-36 tie. The game was still tied at 49 apiece before the Cardinals scored the next seven points to take a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Alexandria limited the Warriors to just seven baskets in the second half and kept them out of the bonus after Brainerd had hurt them from the free throw line in the first half. Amanda Christianson had 16 points and Brooke Heggie added 15. Kendall Kohler had a nice night with 12 points, while Sarah Bruzek added eight and Karly Betterman finished with six.

Alexandria had 14 assists with Macy Hatlestad and Kohler each dishing out five of those. Heggie and Cheyenne Hendrickson each had six of the Cardinals’ 30 rebounds and Christianson and Betterman each added three steals out of the 12 total steals for Alexandria.

The Cardinals moved to 5-2 overall and to 3-0 in the Central Lakes Conference. Alexandria and Fergus Falls (7-0, 3-0 CLC) are the only two teams still unbeaten in league play.


ALEXANDRIA 36 31 – 67

BRAINERD 36 24 – 60

ALEXANDRIA – Christianson – 16 points, 3 steals; Heggie – 15 points, 6 rebounds; Kohler – 12 points, 5 assists; Bruzek – 8 points; Betterman – 6 points, 3 steals; Hendrickson – 4 points, 6 rebounds; Emily Thul – 4 points; Jaylen Olson-Rodel – 3 points; Hatlestad – 5 assists