The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team wrapped up a tough stretch on its schedule by dropping a close game against Class AA’s Hawley at Concordia College on Saturday.

The Chargers (8-5) beat Parkers Prairie on Friday before turning right around to face the Nuggets (9-2). They outscored Hawley by three in the second half, but the Nuggets’ fast start held up in a 58-53 game.

“It was a good, competitive game all night against a quality Hawley team,” B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “Hate to lose, but we will get better having played top-level competition on a college court. We are back at home Monday for a Little Eight Conference battle versus Ashby, so we need to quickly turn around and get back to work.”

The Chargers shot 34% against Hawley, including 8-of-18 from three. Haddey Zastrow hit four of those triples as she finished with a team-high 16 points. Kailee Klimek added 13 points, and Bailey Schaefer had a team-best eight rebounds.

HAWLEY 32 26 - 58

B-E 24 29 - 53

B-E TOTALS - FG - 16-47; Three-point FG - 8-18; FT - 13-21; Assists - 9; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 28; Steals - 8; Turnovers - 16

B-E - Kristen Kokett - 4 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Bailey Schaefer - 6 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds; Caitlyn Deschene - 1 assist, 1 steal; Haddey Zastrow - 16 points, 1 rebound; Kailee Klimek - 13 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Maddie Otto - 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Brittany Korkowski - 2 points, 7 rebounds; Mikenna Pattrin - 5 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Knights get big 6A-South win

West Central Area added another important Section 6A-South win on Friday night with a 67-49 victory against Hancock (9-3).

The Knights (9-4) jumped out early on the way to a 39-24 lead at the break. They then withstood a big rally from the Owls as Hancock tied the game at 41 before Hailey Bennett hit two threes to halt that momentum. Those shots helped WCA take control again as they stretched out their lead.

“We did things correctly for extended periods, but the lapses we did exhibit are concerning,” WCA head coach Eric Schoenbauer said. “These lapses need to be our focus going forward to become the team we know we can be.”

Lexi Bright continued her huge season with a game-high 36 points to go with seven steals, six rebounds, three blocks and three assists. Bennett added 11 points, and Brynn Fernholz had 10.

The win was the third straight victory for the Knights.

WCA 67, HANCOCK 49

WCA - Lexi Bright - 36 points, 7 steals, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 3 assists; Hailey Bennett - 11 points, 3 steals, 1 assist; Brynn Fernholz - 10 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block; Claire Stark - 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 1 assist; Liz Rustan - 4 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 assists; Kaitlyn Hansen - 3 points, 3 steals, 1 rebound; Kaylyn Ulrich - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Teagan Nelson - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Brooke Anderson - 2 points, 1 rebound; Kennedy Ulrich - 2 rebounds