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Card girls sink Spuds

Alexandria's Section 8AAA opponent Moorhead fell by the wayside Saturday night as the Cardinal girls took advantage of their home court for a 64-55 victory.

Alexandria's Section 8AAA opponent Moorhead fell by the wayside Saturday night as the Cardinal girls took advantage of their home court for a 64-55 victory.

Angela Christianson and Gracie Bruzek paced the Cardinal offense with 29 and 14 points respectively.

"The Cards jumped all over the Spuds from the start and never looked back," said Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler. "At times, the lead surged to as much as 28 as the Cards found their rhythm on offense and executed the defensive game plan to perfection.

"The defensive energy and rebounding intensity was too much for the larger Spuds, as we were relentless from start to finish.

"Scoring was led by Angela Christianson with a solid 29 points despite facing a box-and-1 defense for a large portion of the night," said Kohler. "Gracie Bruzik torched the nets for 14 and was the recipient of some open looks due to the Spud defense.

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"Laura Vanderwerf continues to be our workhorse on defense as she dogged the ball hard and also pounded down nine points. Alicia Montbriand and Bria Backhaus each had five, and two for Amy Briol.

"Kenny Tvrdik did not score but brought her intensity and incredible leadership talents to the floor," she added. "Molly Deitz brought defensive intensity as well.

"Amber Bartholomew did not score, but it is great to have her back on the court after suffering a severe sprain before the holiday tourney, and continues to improve daily.

"The entire team made a huge effort to get to the glass, with Angie Christianson bringing down nine rebounds, while Bria Backhaus and Amy Briol tore down seven, and Alicia Montbriand five. Lu Vanderwerf dished out four assists, while Christianson recorded four steals and two blocked shots.

"The Cardinals took excellent care of the ball as well."

Moorhead's Kassie Hooten had a team-high 18 points, with Sabrina Sam adding 12.

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