The Alexandria girls basketball team made easy work of St. Cloud Tech on Thursday night in an 81-46 final that moved the Cardinals to 13-4 overall.

The Tigers (2-12) had no answer for Alexandria’s depth as the Cardinals put five players in double figures. Jaya Hatlestad caught fire from deep as she finished with 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from three.

Mataya Hoelscher and Ella Grove both had 13 points. Mia McGrane added 11, and Myah Kremer put in 10. Alayna Strand led the way on the glass with eight rebounds, while Hatlestad had a team-high five assists.

The win improved the Cardinals to 7-1 in the Central Lakes Conference. That’s good for second place behind only Fergus Falls (13-1, 7-0 CLC). The Cardinals host the Otters on Jan. 24 at 7:15 p.m.

ALEXANDRIA 81, ST. CLOUD TECH 46

ALEXANDRIA - Jaya Hatlestad - 15 points, 5 assists; Mataya Hoelscher - 13 points, 5 steals, 4 assists; Ella Grove - 13 points; Mia McGrane - 11 points; Myah Kremer - 10 points; Summer Gerhardt - 7 points; Lilly Horn - 4 points; Ella Stuessy - 3 points, Morgan Jones - 2 points; Hannah Boraas - 2 points; Alayna Strand - 1 point, 8 rebounds, 4 assists

Chargers still perfect in the LEC

Brandon-Evansville coasted to a 48-19 win against Battle Lake the first time these two teams met on Dec. 3.

Thursday’s game was much tighter, but the Chargers (10-5, 6-0 LEC) still swept the season series with the Battlers (5-9, 3-4 LEC) by getting a 52-42 win.

“What a great Little Eight Conference contest in Evansville tonight,” B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “A lot of credit goes to Battle Lake for their play. Coach (David) Marso has that group playing their tails off, and they gave us all we could handle.”

It was a five-point game at the break, and the Chargers doubled that advantage in the second half by outscoring the Battlers 23-18. Brandon-Evansville shot 42%, knocked down six threes and added 16 free throws.

“It was physical all night long, and we fortunately made some big free throws down the stretch to seal the victory,” Traphagen said. “We had too many turnovers and also gave up too many offensive rebounds. Great getting the win despite not playing our cleanest game.”

Mikenna Pattrin had 16 points and eight rebounds on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and an 8-of-12 night from the line. Haddey Zastrow added 10 points behind three triples.

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 29 23 - 52

BATTLE LAKE 24 18 - 42

B-E TOTALS - FG - 15-35; Three-point FG - 6-15; FT - 16-26; Assists - 7; Blocks - 5; Rebounds - 24; Steals - 5; Turnovers - 20

B-E - Kristen Kokett - 4 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Bailey Schaefer - 3 points, 2 blocks, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Caitlyn Deschene - 6 points; Haddey Zastrow - 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Kailee Klimek - 2 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound; Maddie Otto - 5 points, 1 assist, 2 blocks; Brittany Korkowski - 6 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Mikenna Pattrin - 16 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 8 rebounds, 1 steal