Jacket girls win two M-8 games
Whitney Olson hit a three-pointer which cut into the Royals’ lead in the second half, a shot which had the junior guard surpassing 1,000 points in her career. Olson went on to lead C-I with 22 points in the overtime victory at Rogers Jan. 21.
Olson continued her hot shooting, scoring 10 of the team’s 12 points over that crucial stretch of the game.
“It was really a big deal to reach 1,000 points because I didn’t expect ever to get it. It was nice to get it at Rogers because the first two years I didn’t score much off anything in that gym. I was so happy because only three other girls in Cambridge history reached that mark,” said Olson, who joins Jonelle Streed, Mandy Adams and Jill Matson in the C-I girls’ 1,000-point club. “It was super fun because all the fans were screaming after the shot, so I knew that I got it then.”
“I am so happy for Whitney. You won’t find another kid who has devoted so much time to basketball and improving her skill level. An accomplishment like this shows it has been worth it,” said C-I Coach Jody Ledahl.
Natalie Larson gave C-I a 50-48 edge in OT, and Deandra Vavra scored 6 in the extra period, finishing with 11 points. Darah Olson added 10 points, and Larson grabbed 12 rebounds.
• The Bluejackets turned up the 1-3-1 defense in the second half to defeat Zimmerman 57-24 Feb. 25. W. Olson kept rolling with 28 points.
Deandra Vavra scoring 2 of her 8 points against the Thunder Feb. 25.
The game began at a slogging pace with the Jackets picking up a load of fouls in the first half. The Thunder stayed tight by making 13-of-18 free attempts in that half. But the Jackets began pulling away the final five minutes to go ahead 32-17 at the break. Key plays in that stretch was a Darah Olson O-board and feed to Vavra underneath, followed by Whitney O. hitting a three-pointer and Vavra finishing off a steal & break.
Whitney Olson began the second half with a pair of three-pointers, then it was off to the races for C-I. The defense didn’t allow a Thunder point for the first 6:51 of the second stanza, and only gave up 7 points total in the half. Natalie Larson did a great job coming out to help disrupt passing on the perimeter, and Amanda Hanson came off the bench to make a steal and break away which raised the lead to 39-17.
“I think our defense hasn’t been that good this year. But I feel like tonight in the second half we got fired up and our defense fed off our offense. We played that 1-3-1 which we worked pretty well,” said W. Olson.
Coach Ledahl, “Our pregame message was all about defense for this game. We gave up 17 first-half points, weren’t happy and we challenged the kids to come out with a totally different purpose in the second half. We put in a 1-3-1 this year to utilize the length and athleticism on our team.”
Natalie Larson played a mobile center on offense and worked some disruptive defense against Zimmerman in the Tuesday night Mississippi 8 game.
M-8 Girls Basketball
St. Michael-Alb. 8-0, 14-2; Buffalo 7-1, 12-3; Cambridge-Isanti 6-2, 10-5; Big Lake 5-3, 10-5; Rogers 4-4, 9-7; Becker 2-6, 8-8; Monticello 2-6, 8-9; Princeton 2-6, 6-10; Zimmerman 0-8, 1-16.