Girls' basketball: Charger girls suffer second setback
The West Central Area and Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball teams wrapped up the regular season with a thriller in Brandon last Friday night. Fans packed the gym in hopes of seeing a great game between two teams with a combined 40-4 record goi...
The West Central Area and Brandon-Evansville girls' basketball teams wrapped up the regular season with a thriller in Brandon last Friday night.
Fans packed the gym in hopes of seeing a great game between two teams with a combined 40-4 record going into the match up. That is exactly what everyone got as two missed free throws by the Chargers with .6 second remaining allowed the Knights to hang on for a 64-62 win.
Both teams exchanged leads in the first half, but it was the Chargers who had a seven-point edge with around 30 seconds to go before the break. That is when the Knights shifted the momentum back in their direction with a 5-0 run to end the half. DeLaine Ronhovde capped that off with a steal and a buzzer beater from half court to cut the Chargers' lead to two.
Neither team could create much separation in second half. The Knights were up by eight with around eight minutes remaining before Brandon-Evansville stormed back to take a 58-56 lead with around two minutes to go.
The Knights had just too much from the free throw line in the final minutes, though. They scored their next eight points from the stripe to hold on, while the Chargers continued to put pressure on them by converting on offense. The Knights shot 22 of 26 from the line in the game, including 19 of 22 in the second half.
"What a great game, full of a great crowd, tournament-type atmosphere and two good teams battling it out," Knights' head coach Pat Anderson said. "These are great games to get ready for the tournament...[we] played a solid game tonight. I would like us to take care of the ball a little better, but that is something we will work on in practice."
Liza Torgerson did the majority of that damage from the line where she went 9 of 10 in the final 18 minutes. She finished the night with a game-high 27 points to go with seven rebounds and six steals. Heather and Megan Strese led the Chargers' offense with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
"The girls played hard," head coach Dick Simpson said. "It was a full house, a pretty exciting atmosphere. We had our chances at the end, but against some good teams in the last couple of games, we've made some mistakes and you pay for them."
The Chargers end the regular season with a 21-2 record, while the Knights head into the playoffs with a 20-3 mark.
Both teams open up the tournament at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. West Central Area takes on Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, while Brandon-Evansville battles the winner of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and Henning, which was played last night.
Both teams enter tournament play with plenty of confidence. The Chargers are the No. 1 seed in the south subsection of Section 6A, while the Knights are the two seed in Section 6AA.
WCA 28 36 - 64
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 30 32 - 62
WCA LEADERS - Liza Torgerson - 27 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 assists; Caitlin Peterson - 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist; Alyssa Blair - 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block; DeLaine Ronhovde - 7 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; April Nelson - 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 assist; Nicole Lindor - 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block; Jennifer Froemming - 2 points, 2 steals
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE LEADERS - Katie Boesl - 7 points, 3 assists; Jenna Meissner - 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals; Megan Boesl - 6 points; Nikki Olson - 5 points; Heather Strese - 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals; Megan Strese - 17 points, 9 rebounds;