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Girls Basketball roundup: Alexandria tops Moorhead 50-36, B-E falls to CGB 35-34 Thursday

Alexandria beats Moorhead for the second time this season while a slow first half comes back to haunt Brandon-Evansville in loss to CGB

MaCee Linow
MaCee Linow

The Alexandria girls basketball team (12-11, Section 8AAA) increased its winning streak to four games with a 50-36 win over Moorhead (7-16, Section 8AAAA) on Thursday.

“The offense shook off the rust from a week layoff,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said. “The defensive intensity cranked up in the second half to set the tone and not look back.”

Alexandria has beaten Moorhead twice this season with Thursday’s win and a 54-37 win on Feb. 12 on the road.

The 36 points are the second-fewest the Cardinals have held an opponent to all season. The Cardinals held Big Lake to 35 points at the Granite City Classic on Dec. 30.

Freshman MaCee Linow led the Cardinals with 14 points, while fellow freshman Chloe Scholl dropped 13 points.

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Freshman Allie Haabala and junior Ella Steussy finished with seven points apiece.

Rounding out the scoring for the Cardinals, freshman Hadley Thul had four points, senior Lillian Thul had three points and sophomore Elle Heydt had three points.

Alexandria is on the road Friday for a conference game at Brainerd (19-5, 11-2 Central Lakes Conference)

Alexandria beat Brainerd 57-49 on Jan. 20.

First half struggles doom Chargers

The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team fell one point shy in a 35-34 loss to the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines on Thursday.

B-E scored just 10 points in the first half.

“It was a very slow start for us offensively,” B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “Shots weren’t going in and we seemed to be one or two steps slow for the first 30 minutes of the game.”

The Chargers (10-14, 5-11 Section 6A) rallied a bit in the second half, outscoring the Wolverines (9-13, 6-9 Section 6A) 24-18, but it wasn’t enough to earn the victory.

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“The girls didn’t quit. We kept competing to tie the game up with just over 20 seconds left to play after being down by 16 or 17 late,” Traphagen said. “Olivia Otto really took over the game in the last five minutes. We had a really nice look on our last possession that fell short. It hurts, but we have to learn from it and come out with more energy Friday at home.”

The Chargers shot just 31 percent from the floor, 12 percent from beyond the three-point line and 28 percent at the free throw line.

Otto led all B-E scorers with 15 points.

B-E wraps up the regular season on Friday at home against the Ashby Arrows (1-19, 1-14 Section 6A) at 6:15 p.m.

The Chargers beat the Arrows 65-49 on Feb. 17.

Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley - 17 18 - 35

Brandon-Evansville - 10 24 - 34

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE TOTALS - FG - 14-44; 3PT - 2-16; FT - 4-14; Assists - 2; Blocks - 3; Rebounds - 34; Steals - 11; Deflections - 9; Fouls - 14; Turnovers - 17

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE: Grace Otto - 1 point, 4 rebounds, 2 deflections; Sophie Koep - 1 rebound, 1 steal; Olivia Otto - 15 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 deflections; Sydney Schaefer- 5 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 deflection; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Emmalee Brethorst - 3 rebounds, 1 deflection; Skyler Bitzan - 2 points, 3 rebounds; Hadley Baune - 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Kylee Dingwall - 6 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 8 rebounds, 2 steals; 3 deflections; Madison Anderson - 1 point, 3 rebounds; Kiley Lund - 2 points, 2 blocks, 1 rebounds, 1 deflection

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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