Ramming through the GRC

The Braham girls clinched at least a share of their second straight
Great River title when they hammered rival Rush City at home 77-28 Feb.
8. In the process, the Bombers extended their conference win streak to
30 games.

Greg Hunt
greg.hunt@ecm-inc.com

The Braham girls clinched at least a share of their second straight Great River title when they hammered rival Rush City at home 77-28 Feb. 8. In the process, the Bombers extended their conference win streak to 30 games.

The Tigers were down just 15-8 when the Bombers dropped the clutch and tore off on a 15-0 run in the first half. With point guard Liz Anderson pushing the ball at every opportunity, Becca Dahlman scored off a steal and Kayla Nickles hit a jumper to begin the run. Dahlman’s O-board putback was followed by Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow nailing a three-pointer.

As RC’s turnover count kept rising under Braham’s pressure defense, Dahlman scored off another steal and then another offensive board. KSG’s two free throws completed the run before the Tigers finally drained a “3” to make it 30-11.

Hannah Dahlman’s play down the final minutes of the half kept the pressure on the Tigers. She fed sister Becca on a quick pass for another inside bucket, then Hannah scored six of the team’s final eight points of the half, including calmly draining a jumper with one second left on the clock for a 42-12 lead at the break.

B. Dahlman finished with 32 points in the win, with H. Dahlman and Sorenson-Giffrow both scoring 17. The win over RC followed an 85-30 victory at Aitkin Feb. 3.

With the GRC title firmly in hand, Braham, still ranked No. 1 in Class AA, picks up the pace with a super stretch of games over the next two weeks: at Minnetonka (16-4) this Friday, at Isle Feb. 15 then home games against Esko Feb. 17 and “A” top-ranked Barnum Feb. 22.

GRC Girls Basketball

Braham 14-0, 20-1; Isle 12-2, 17-3; Rush City 10-3, 13-4; East Central 8-7, 9-10; Aitkin 6-7, 10-11; Pine City 5-8, 7-12; Ogilvie 4-9, 6-11; Onamia 2-11, 4-15; Hinckley 0-14, 0-16.

 7AA Leaders: Braham 20-1; Esko 18-1; Deer River 15-7; Rush City 13-4; Mora 12-5.

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