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Cardinal girls fall to state-ranked Tigers

The Cardinal girls' basketball team gave the No. 7 ranked Tech Tigers everything they could handle on Tuesday night but came up just short in a 63-55 loss.

The Cardinal girls' basketball team gave the No. 7 ranked Tech Tigers everything they could handle on Tuesday night but came up just short in a 63-55 loss.

The Cardinals held a five-point lead midway through the first half, but the Tigers took advantage of a few Alexandria mistakes before the half to take a three-point edge into the break.

The two teams battled back and forth in the second half, but Kristin Johnson's 27 points in the post for St. Cloud were too much for the Cardinals to overcome.

"Tech had a dominant presence in the low post and terrific guard play," Alex head coach Wendy Kohler said. "The Cards still made the necessary adjustments throughout the game to find ourselves in position in the end. [They] just sealed the deal as they marched to the line down the stretch to keep [us] at bay."

Angela Christianson led three Cardinal scorers in double figures with 14. Amber Bartholomew and Gracie Bruzek also poured in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

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The loss ended a two-game winning streak for Alexandria as they look to gain some momentum during the final month of the regular season.

"[We] have had an excellent week and a half as we continue to improve our play," Kohler said.

Her team will look to gain some ground in the Central Lakes Conference tonight, Friday, when they welcome Sauk Rapids-Rice to town. The Storm currently sit at 1-10 and in last place in the CLC. The Cardinals beat them 79-70 in their first match-up of the season on December 4.

GAME STATISTICS

ALEX 31 24 55

TECH 34 29 63

ALEXANDRIA INDIVIDUAL LEADERS - Angela Christianson - 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals; Amber Bartholomew - 12 points; Gracie Bruzek - 11 points; Laura Strand - 6 points, 4 rebounds; Bria Backhaus - 6 points, 6 rebounds; Laura Vanderwerf - 2 points, 4 rebounds; Molly Deitz - 2 points; Amy Briol - 2 points, 4 rebounds; Kendall Tvrdik - 3 rebounds

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