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B-E girls honor award winners

Brandon-Evansville senior Megan Kokett drives to the basket against Ashby in a game on January 24, 2014. Kokett set the new career record for the Chargers in threes made and threes attempted. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville girls’ basketball team recognized the players responsible for another winning season at the team’s season-ending awards banquet recently.

The Chargers handed out awards for the players who never missed a practice in Emily Friedrich, Melissa Haseman, Elizabeth Vinson and Kylee Hansen. They also recognized senior Kinsley Randt with an academic all-state award.

Brandon-Evansville played in two conferences this year. The Chargers took second in the Little Eight Conference at 9-3 and was third in the Pheasant Conference with a 4-2 record that translated to a 6-4 mark based on some games counting for two points.

“We had a pretty good season,” head coach Dick Simpson said. “Unless you win the state tournament, you always want that one more victory. The girls played hard, and I thought improved as the season progressed, although our shooting was pretty inconsistent from game to game.”

Simpson’s team had to play nine games in 15 days at the end of the season because of all the weather-related postponements.

“They are nice kids and like to play,” Simpson said of his team. “Overall, it was a good season. I’d like to thank our seniors Megan Kokett, Kristine Bettermann and Kinsley Randt for all they have done over the years to better our program and sticking it out and having good careers.”

Kokett set a couple Brandon-Evansville records this season after averaging 7.8 points and leading the team with 55 steals. She became the Chargers’ career leader in three-pointers made (105) and three-pointers attempted (449). Her six threes against Ashby were also a single game record on a night when the team set a school record with 12 threes. Kokett finishes her career 27th on Brandon-Evansville’s scoring list with 561 career points.

Junior forward Emma Friedrich is right in front of her on that list at 26th with 565 career points. She averaged a team-best 13.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season.

Kokett and Friedrich joined Elizabeth Vinson as the three players named All-LEC this season. Carrigan Okerlund was an honorable mention selection in the LEC, while Friedrich and Vinson were named All-Pheasant Conference and Kokett and Okerlund were honorable mention in the Pheasant.

The Chargers had four players who averaged at least seven points this season. Friedrich led the way, while Okerlund was second on the team at 8.2 points per game and Vinson joined Kokett with 7.8 points per game. Friedrich, Okerlund and Vinson will all be back next year to form a solid nucleus.

“We have a good number of underclassmen coming up,” Simpson said. “With continued improvement, we should be competitive again next season.”

The Chargers also honored assistant coach Jim Rolf by representing him with the Section 6A Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Rolf earned that award in his final season with the Chargers after almost four decades with the program.

“A special thank you to Jim and Mary Rolf for 41 years of coaching and scorekeeping for Brandon and Brandon-Evansville,” Simpson said. “They will be missed.”


DID NOT MISS A PRACTICE – Friedrich, Haseman, Vinson, K. Hansen



ALL-LEC – M. Kokett, Friedrich, Vinson; Honorable mention – Okerlund

ALL-PHEASANT CONFERENCE – Friedrich, Vinson; Honorable mention – Kokett, Okerlund

SEASON STATS – Kristine Bettermann – 59 points, 58 rebounds, 1 assist, 12 steals; Friedrich – 356 points, 240 rebounds, 39 steals, 29 assists; Kylee Hansen – 21 points, 11 rebounds, 9 steals, 18 assists; Mariah Hansen – 111 points, 71 rebounds, 53 steals, 58 assists; Haseman – 62 points, 143 rebounds, 25 steals, 21 assists; Katie Kokett – 24 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists; M. Kokett – 186 points, 46 rebounds, 55 steals, 21 assists; Kennedy Lund – 4 points, 6 rebounds, 7 steals, 2 assists; Okerlund – 213 points, 79 rebounds, 37 steals, 41 assists; Randt – 8 points, 24 rebounds, 9 steals, 43 assists; MaKayla Schiele – 6 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals; Morgan Stelzer – 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists; Vinson – 202 points, 90 rebounds, 33 steals, 83 assists; Toni Wright – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

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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