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The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team struggled to find a rhythm in Underwood on Thursday night as the Rockets won a 63-45 Little Eight Conference game. "It was a tough, frustrating night in Underwood," B-E head coach Dick Simpson said. The Chargers (14-6, 7-4 LEC) shot 35 percent from the field (17-49) as Underwood (17-6, 10-1 LEC) countered with a 43-percent shooting night (20-46). The Rockets also hit 17-of-28 free throws, compared to a 6-of-7 night from the line for B-E.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team pulled away from Ashby in the second half on Thursday night to win a 60-37 game on its home court. The Arrows (4-14, 0-8 Little Eight Conference) were within 28-15 at the half, and the Chargers (11-8, 5-4 LEC) continued to stretch their lead down the stretch.
The Alexandria wrestling team wrapped up its regular season on senior night with a convincing 51-15 win over St. Cloud Apollo in front of the home fans on Thursday. The Cardinals left no doubt in this one, winning the first six matches before a double forfeit at 145 pounds. Jeris Lemm (113, 3:29) and Kyler Miller (120, 12-5) both had contested wins in that stretch, while forfeit wins from Ryan Borris, Wyatt Snitker, Christian Athey and Ben Bogart blew the match open early.
Alexandria boys hockey coach Ian Resch called the matchup with section foe Sartell-St. Stephen the biggest game of the season after a win over Little Falls on Tuesday, and his team went out and won it in a 5-3 final on Thursday. Both teams are vying for the second seed in the Section 6A tournament behind likely top seed St. Cloud Cathedral. The Sabres beat Alexandria 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 5. Alexandria lost a two-goal lead in that one, and the Cardinals returned the favor at Sartell by storming back from a 3-0 deficit after the first period.
The Osakis girls basketball team is well on its way to securing another Prairie Conference title as the Silverstreaks improved to 9-0 in league play after dominating St. John's Prep on Thursday. Osakis (17-3) never let the Johnnies (0-14, 0-10 Prairie) into the game after building a 43-9 lead at the break. The Silverstreaks went on to win 79-30.
The Alexandria Aces youth performance basketball team has fewer numbers this season than they often do, but are still getting scheduled to perform at some major venues. Local fans will get the chance to see the Aces when they are in Alexandria this Saturday, Feb. 11, to perform at the Winter Lakes Classic when the Alexandria girls host Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. and the Cardinal boys face Buffalo at 8. The Aces will perform at halftime of that Alexandria and Buffalo boys game. The Aces will also perform locally at Minnewaska the night before on Feb. 10.
The Alexandria boys and girls basketball teams are helping to host The Breakdown's Winter Lakes Classic this Saturday, Feb. 11. The Alexandria girls (18-3) will face Class 4A's Buffalo (11-8) at 6:30 p.m. and the Alexandria boys (12-4) and Buffalo (4-15) will play right after that at approximately 8.
The Osakis and St. John's Prep girls varsity basketball teams will start their game at 6 in Osakis tonight instead of the normal 7:30 start time for varsity games. It is the only game of the night with no junior varsity game being played before. The Silverstreaks are 16-3 and 8-0 in the Prairie Conference, while the Johnnies come in 0-13 with an 0-9 mark in the Prairie.
BOYS BASKETBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. WHN, 7:15 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Osakis vs. St. John’s Prep, 6 p.m. (Varsity game only) Brandon-Evansville at Underwood, 7:15 p.m. Parkers Prairie at LPGE, 6 p.m. Minnewaska at Morris Area, 7:30 p.m. Ashby vs. Rothsay, 7:15 p.m.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team had a nine-point halftime lead disappear on Tuesday night as Hancock battled back in its own gym to win 55-48. Hancock outscored the Chargers 37-21 after halftime. "We built a double-digit lead in the second half, but they have a pretty good player who started hitting shots from all over the court to get them back in the game," B-E assistant coach Jeff Anderson said. "We turned the ball over at key moments and they converted those into points and hit their free throws as we tried to extend the game."