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Girls basketball roundup: Alexandria rolls behind 13 threes; West Central Area hands Hancock its first loss

The Cardinals got double-digit scoring efforts from three of their freshmen in a dominant win at Sauk Rapids-Rice, while the Knights rallied late to drop Hancock to 13-1.

Chloe Scholl basketball
Chloe Scholl

The Alexandria girls basketball team had no problem taking its recent stretch of good play on the road as the Cardinals dominated a Section 8-3A and Central Lakes Conference game in Sauk Rapids on Tuesday.

The Cardinals (7-7, 4-3 CLC) went on a 25-0 run that blew the game open in a 78-44 final.

“The defense locked in after a sluggish start and the offense got fired up as a result,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said. “We knocked down 13 (threes) and scored in the paint as well.”

Ten different players scored for the Cardinals. Three freshmen were in double figures as Hadley Thul had 25, and Chloe Scholl and Allie Haabala had 15 and 13, respectively.

Alexandria hosts Detroit Lakes on Thursday night at 7:15.

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ALEXANDRIA 78, SAUK RAPIDS-RICE 44

ALEXANDRIA SCORING - Hadley Thul - 25; Chloe Scholl - 15; Allie Haabala - 13; MaCee Linow - 7; Tessa McGrane - 6; Kaia Emter - 3; Lydia Oldenkamp - 3; Ella Steussy - 2; Ellie Heydt - 2; Camree Miller - 2

Knights hand Hancock its first loss

The Hancock girls basketball team won a close game in overtime against West Central Area on Dec. 9. On Tuesday, the Knights returned the favor in taking a close game in regulation.

Hancock is one of the best teams in Class A, but WCA (9-3) handed the Owls (13-1) their first loss of the season in a 73-64 win. The Knights led by four early in the second half, but it a took a long stretch of good play late to overcome a deficit.

“The Owls built an 8-point lead with 6 minutes to play,” WCA head coach Erik Schoenbauer said. “(We) tied the game up with two and a half minutes to play and finished the game on a 13-4 run.”

Senior guard Lexi Bright had another double-double with 27 points and 12 assists. Claire Stark added 13 points, and Macy Grosz and Mya Foslien both finished with 10.

WCA 73, HANCOCK 64

WCA - Claire Stark - 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks; Macy Grosz - 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Mya Foslien - 10 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds; Addison Staples - 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals; Elizabeth Rustan - 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block; Halle Foslien - 2 points, 2 steals, 1 block; Lexi Bright - 27 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block; Kaitlyn Hansen - 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Jayden Styba - 3 deflections, 1 rebound

Scores from Jan. 25

(Stats not yet available)

Sauk Centre (11-5) 60, Minnewaska (9-7) 47

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Underwood (12-2) 67, Parkers Prairie (6-6) 37

Osakis (11-5) 51, Royalton (6-7) 46

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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