Basketball roundup: Alexandria girls lock up CLC title

The Alexandria girls beat Fergus Falls to clinch the CLC title, while the Alex boys beat Fergus Falls on the road, and the B-E girls topped Bertha-Hewitt on Tuesday.

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Alexandria's Ella Steussy (left) drives the ball up the floor while Willmar's Deshawna Hodges (right) defends during the second half of Alexandria's 77-54 win on Jan. 27, 2023. Alexandria sealed the Central Lakes Conference title with a 72-52 win over Fergus Falls on Feb. 21, 2023.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria girls basketball team moved to 13-0 Central Lakes Conference games (21-4 overall) with a 72-52 win at home over Fergus Falls on Tuesday and earned the conference title.

This is Alexandria’s second conference title in three years.

Alexandria got up on Fergus Falls early as it held a 43-20 at halftime.

Alexandria had a balanced offensive attack on Tuesday, led by Hadley Thul’s 22 points.

Chloe Scholl had 14 points, while MaCee Linow had 11 points, Kate Hennessy had seven, and Kaia Emter added six.


Lauren Beyer had four points, Camree Miller had three, Ella Steussy had two points, and so did Alison Krasky, while Gretta Kelly had one.

Hennessy pulled in six rebounds, while Thul had five, and Steussy and Linow pulled in four.

Thul had eight deflections and three steals, while Linow had three steals and Miller had five deflections.

Steussy and Linow had three assists, while Thul had two. Hennessy and Thul had two blocks.

The Cardinals are currently leading the Section 8AAA standings ahead of Detroit Lakes (22-3, 5-1 Section 8AAA).

Alexandria rounds out its regular season with a conference battle against Brainerd (9-15, 5-7 CLC) on Friday at 7:15 p.m. at home. Alexandria, who is ranked No. 8 in the Class AAA Minnesota Basketball News poll (Feb. 15).

Alex boys handle Fergus Falls

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Alexandria's Dawson Roderick hoists up a three-pointer during the second half of the team's 85-53 win over Detroit Lakes on Dec. 6, 2022. Roderick had 11 points in Alexandria's 67-54 win over Fergus Falls on Feb. 21, 2023.
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The Alexandria boys increased their win streak to five with a 67-54 win over Fergus Falls (6-17) on the road.

Alexandria, who is ranked No. 7 in the Class AAA MBN poll, is now 17-4 (12-2 CLC, 11-1 Section 6A) on the season.


Chase Thompson paced the Alexandria offense with 18 points and six rebounds, while Mason Witt added 16 points, and Talan Witt had 12. Dawson Roderick had 11 points, five rebounds and six deflections, and three steals.

The Cardinals were without Grayson Grove on Tuesday because of an ankle injury. The team is expecting him to return soon.

Alexandria is atop the Section 8AAA standings and trails Brainerd (19-3, 14-0) for the top spot in the CLC standings.

Alexandria hosts Sartell-St. Stephen (6-17, 5-7 CLC) at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.

ALEXANDRIA PLAYER STATS - Mason Gorghuber - 1 deflection, 1 steal; Jacob Balcome - 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Jaxon Schoenrock - 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Myles Gray - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Bryce Paffrath - 1 point; Chase Thompson - 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 deflections; Mason Witt - 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals; Talan Witt - 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals; Dawson Roderick - 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 deflections, 3 steals; Trevin Hoepner - 1 point, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 deflections, 1 steal

B-E girls outlast Bertha-Hewitt

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Brandon-Evansville's Grace Otto (0) slips past Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley's Grace Cardwell in the first half in a game on Jan. 30, 2023. CGB won the game 64-49. Otto had four points in B-E's 47-37 win over Bertha-Hewitt on Feb. 21, 2023.
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Senior day was good for the Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team as it earned a 47-37 win over Bertha-Hewitt on Tuesday.

“After a weird late afternoon start, the girls were able to pull off a win,” B-E head coach Steve Schreiber said. “Being that this was our last home game this year, I just want to say a huge Thank you to my four seniors - Syd Schaefer, Emmalee Brethorst, Kayla Bitzan-Anderson, and Grace Otto. I'm proud of them and the growth they've shown personally and the growth they've helped grow with the team.”

Haddy Baune led the B-E offense with 16 points, while Kylee Dingwall had nine and Mia Emter had seven.


B-E (9-16, 6-14 Little Eight Conference) sits at sixth in the Section 6A-South standings and seventh in the conference standings.

B-E ends its season with a road game against Verndale (7-18) at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.

Bertha-Hewitt - 13 24 - 37

B-E - 24 23 - 47

BERTHA-HEWITT SCORING - Ashley Warren, 7; Michaela Barthel, 3; Taylor Lloyd, 2; Taylor Mitchell, 8; Rochelle Dean, 8; Ava Bauch, 8; Carissa Winscher, 5

B-E SCORING - Grace Otto, 4; Taylor Dingwall, 3; Sydney Schaefer, 1; EmmaLee Brethorst, 3; Ava Santjer, 4; Haddy Baune, 16; Kylee Dingwall, 9; Mia Emter, 7

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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