The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team used its defense to win its 14th game on Monday night as the Chargers (14-9) beat Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (1-20) 56-31.

Brandon-Evansville shot just 31% (18-57) but held the Comets to 13 first-half points and then 18 after the break.

“It was about as physical of a basketball game as we’ve been in this year, and that’s a big credit to how hard the Hillcrest girls came out of the gate,” B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “To our credit, we were able to calm ourselves down in the second half and start playing more of our brand of basketball.”

Bailey Schaefer had 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting for the Chargers. Mikenna Pattrin added 14 points, and Brittany Korkowski had a team-best seven rebounds. Mackenzie Foss and Madi Foss each had 12 points to lead the way for Hillcrest.

“I’m proud of the way the girls battled through some adversity tonight,” Traphagen said. “Big showdown in Parkers Prairie on Thursday night for us, so we’ll get back to work tomorrow and Wednesday to put our best foot forward.”

HILLCREST 13 18 - 31

B-E 25 31 - 56

B-E TOTALS - FG - 18-57; Three-point FG - 2-12; FT - 18-29; Assists - 11; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 37; Steals - 19; Turnovers - 26

B-E - Kristen Kokett - 3 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 6 steals; Bailey Schaefer - 20 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Olivia Otto - 1 point, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 4 steals; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 2 assists, 1 rebound; Haddey Zastrow - 3 points, 3 rebounds; Kailee Klimek - 3 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Maddie Otto - 6 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; EmmaLee Brethorst - 1 rebound; Kiley Lund - 1 rebound; Brittany Korkowski - 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Mikenna Pattrin - 14 points, 3 assists, 1 block, 6 rebounds, 2 steals