Cardinals breeze past Apollo ahead of big CLC game with Willmar

Four in double figures and a dominant defensive effort lead Alexandria past St. Cloud Apollo.

Cate Bloom

The Alexandria girls basketball team (10-3) made easy work of St. Cloud Apollo (1-10) on Friday night in an 84-20 win to complete the season sweep of the Eagles.

“Energized by our defense, the Cards got out and ran the floor and pushed the tempo to a frenetic pace,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said. “Unselfish passing led to a staggering 21 team assists. Every player scored on a night where we found ways to score out of transition, off turnovers, second-chance points, in the paint and the three-point line.”

Jaya Hatlestad had a team-high 15 points, while Cate Bloom, Mataya Hoelscher and Lilly Horn all added 10.

The Cardinals will host a big game in the Central Lakes Conference on Tuesday night with Willmar (10-2, 9-1 CLC) coming to town at 7:15.

Willmar is a game up in the win column over Alexandria (8-1 CLC) and won the first matchup in this season series on Jan. 15. The winner of Tuesday’s game will be in the driver’s seat in the chase for the CLC title with two weeks left in the regular season.



ALEXANDRIA - Jaya Hatlestad - 15 points, 3 assists, 4 steals; Cate Bloom - 10 points; Mataya Hoelscher - 10 points, 3 assists; Lilly Horn - 10 points; Morgan Jones - 8 points, 9 rebounds; Kaia Empter - 5 points; Myah Kremer - 4 points, 3 assists; Lilly Thul - 4 points; Chloe Scholl - 4 points; Ella Steussy - 3 points; Ellie Heydt - 3 points; Alayna Strand - 2 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Hannah Boraas - 2 points; Hadley Thul - 2 points; Ella Sayre - 2 points

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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