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B-E girls down Owls

The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team got past Hancock on Tuesday night in a 51-42 win over the Owls. The Chargers built a 29-13 lead by the break and pushed it to a 23-point advantage with about 10 minutes left. The Owls tried to rally, b...

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Chargers’ sophomore guard Kylee Hansen looks for an open teammate against Park Christian on December 2. Hansen had 10 points to help Brandon-Evansville beat Hancock in the Pheasant Conference on Tuesday. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team got past Hancock on Tuesday night in a 51-42 win over the Owls. 

The Chargers built a 29-13 lead by the break and pushed it to a 23-point advantage with about 10 minutes left. The Owls tried to rally, but it was too little, too late as Brandon-Evansville improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 against Pheasant Conference foes.
“They missed a bunch of shots, the first half especially,” Chargers head coach Dick Simpson said. “They pressed the whole game and we didn’t do too bad with it. They pressed on made and missed shots, so we had a few too many turnovers but nothing that cost us the game or anything.”
The Chargers turned the ball over 18 times against that pressure, but were able to build a big lead by forcing the Owls into a 16-of-48 shooting night from the field. Senior center Emma Friedrich countered for Brandon-Evansville with a game-high 22 points, while Kylee Hansen added 10 points and Katie Kokett and Carrigan Okerlund each had seven.
“We played pretty well defensively and Emma had a good night inside,” Simpson said. “Outside of that first game, we still haven’t shot the ball very well.”
The Chargers finished 19-of-52 from the field against Hancock and 11-of-16 from the free throw line. They also outrebounded the Owls 32-29 with Melissa Haseman finishing with 10 of those for the Chargers.

GAME SUMMARY

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 29 22 – 51
HANCOCK 13 29 – 42
TOTALS – B-E – FG – 19-52; Free throws – 11-16; Rebounds – 32; Steals – 12; Turnovers – 18; Hancock – FG – 16-48; FT – 8-13; Rebounds – 29; Turnovers – 10
B-E – K. Hansen – 10 points; Kokett – 7 points, 3 steals; Okerlund – 7 points; Mariah Hansen – 2 points; Friedrich – 22 points; Melissa Haseman – 10 rebounds
HANCOCK SCORING – Lexi Steege – 12; Claire Hanson – 6; Kassandra Algarate – 12; Tess Steiner – 6; Kayla Crowell – 6

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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