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Brandon-Evansville girls top Hillcrest, fall to Ashby

The Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball team split its last two games, coming away with an easy 74-41 win over Hillcrest on Monday night and falling in a tight 65-59 game at Ashby last Friday.

The Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball team split its last two games, coming away with an easy 74-41 win over Hillcrest on Monday night and falling in a tight 65-59 game at Ashby last Friday.

The Chargers dominated from the beginning against Hillcrest. They created 26 turnovers and held a huge 43-19 advantage on the boards.

"We played better," head coach Dick Simpson said. "We rebounded better and ran our fast break better, passed the ball and had some nice assists."

Megan Strese led a Chargers' offensive attack that saw nine players score on the night. Strese had 17, while her sister Heather added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Katie Boesl was one assist shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine assists. Her sister Megan Boesl had an equally impressive game with seven points, seven assists and five steals.

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The contest against the Arrows went back and forth for most of the game. Alisha Sethre's season high 29 points were too much to overcome for Brandon-Evansville, though.

Sethre played her best game of the season one game after she scored her 1,000-career point against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley last Thursday night.

Along with her 29 points, she also gathered 11 rebounds and led the team with five assists and four steals.

"Typical Brandon-Evansville, Ashby game," Simpson said. "The gym was packed and the kids played hard. We came out on the short end. It was just a few defensive mistakes, but it really came down to Sethre making shots."

The win did not come without a cost for the Arrows, though. Back-up center Alyssa Mickelson took an elbow to the face and needed to take a trip to the emergency room. She is expected to miss up to two weeks with a broken nose.

Katie Boesl led the Chargers with 16 points, while Megan Strese chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds.

It was a tough loss for Brandon-Evansville as they fell to 3-2 in the Little Eight Conference, two games behind Battle Lake.

Ashby moved to 5-1 in the LEC and remains only a game behind Battle Lake.

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The Arrows' only loss in conference play came at the hands of the Battlers on January 4.

GAME STATISTICS

CHARGERS 33 41 74

COMETS 22 19 41

CHARGERS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS - Jessica Vosen - 6 points; Katie Boesl - 10 points, 9 assists; Carli Randt - 1 points; Jenna Meissner - 8 points, 5 steals; Megan Boesl - 7 points, 7 assists, 5 steals; Brandi Engstrom - 8 points, 11 rebounds; Michelle Bruns - 4 points; Heather Strese - 13 points, 8 rebounds; Megan Strese - 17 points, 7 rebounds

ARROWS 27 38 65

CHARGERS 23 36 59

CHARGERS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS - Jessica Vosen - 1 point; Katie Boesl - 16 points; Jenna Meissner - 12 points, 6 assists; Megan Boesl - 3 points; Brandi Engstrom - 3 points; Michelle Bruns - 1 point; Heather Strese - 8 points, 11 rebounds; Megan Strese - 15 points, 9 rebounds

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ARROWS INDIVIDUAL LEADERS - Alisha Sethre - 29 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals; Megan Gullickson - 12 points; Emily Johnson - 10 points; Amanda Johnson - 9 points

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