Bomber girls throttle Tigers

Becca Dahlman drove hard and got to the line well against RC. She finished with the triple-double in the key GRC victory.

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The Braham girls displayed why they are still the big guns in the Great River Conference during a high-intensity 71-37 throttling of rival Rush City Jan. 17. The win opened up a 2 game lead over the Tigers, who were previously undefeated in GRC games.

Coach Tim Malone: “The girls understood the scope of this game in terms of the GRC standings. They knew where they stood after beating Isle, and for them to hold on to the title, they knew they had to beat Rush City, too. Our ability to pressure their guards helped tremendously.”

The Bombers put the game away in the first half while building a 44-17 edge. Becca Dahlman compiled 6 steals in that half and led with 21 points, including knocking down four straight free throws after the RC bench was called for a technical late in the half. Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow, Kayla Nickles and Dahlman all knocked down three-pointers as the Bombers drive-and-kick-out offense overwhelmed the Tigers.

Becca Dahlman and Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow combined for 19 steals to thwart the Tiger offense.

Dahlman pulled off the triple-double with 39 points, 12 rebounds and 12 steals. Sorenson-Giffrow finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 steals. Nickles (11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) and Eng (3 assists, 3 steals) also played well in the Bombers’ passing game.

Another key stat: Braham hit 23-of-28 free throws, while the Tigers shot only 5-of-17 at the line.

• On Jan 13, the Bombers handled visiting East Central 88-23. Leading the way were Becca Dahlman (32 pts, 6 rebs, 9 assists, 12 steals), Sorenson-Giffrow (20 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists), Nickles (21 pts, 7 rebs, 5 steals) and Amanda Sybrant (9 rebs).

Kayla Nickles (11 points/3 assists) drove and dished well against RC.

• The Bombers next host 12-3 Minnetonka (ranked 8th in Class 4A) in a ‘Saturday Night Special” Jan. 20 ( 7 P.M.).

GRC Girls Basketball

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

Braham Boys 75, Rush City 41

After sliding into the No. 1 spot in the Class AA boys rankings, the Bombers upped their Great River Conference record to 8-0 by hounding the host Tigers Jan. 17. Tyler Vaughan scored 22 and led with 9 rebounds in the win. More production came from Cameron Braund (13 points, 8 rebounds), Anthony Bias (14 points), Sam Stigen (11 points, 6 assists) and Drew Klemz (6 points, 3 rebounds).

• On Jan. 13, Braham blasted visiting East Central 111-34. Vaughan scored 28 and led with 15 assists. Bias scored 27, Braund 21 and both Drew Klemz and Sam Stigen chipped in 8 points.

GRC Boys Basketball

Braham 8-0, 13-1; Hinckley-Fin. 6-2, 6-4; Rush City 4-2, 4-6; Isle 5-3, 8-4; Aitkin 4-4, 5-6; Ogilvie 3-4, 3-5; Onamia 2-5, 4-8; East Central 1-7, 1-11; Pine City 1-7, 1-12.

Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Jan 24 • 7:30 pm Aitkin AWAY

Big Lake 66, C-I Boys 50

Host Cambridge-Isanti built an early lead in the first half, but Big Lake rallied with a 31-16 second half to keep the Bluejackets winless in the Mississippi 8. Tom Selz scored 12 for C-I, with 10 points each coming from Jonah Poppen and Kyle McDonald.

• On Jan. 13, Section 7AAAA partner Andover knocked off the Jackets 75-57. Hunter Vavra led the C-I with 15 points, and Tom Selz scored 10 with 6 rebounds.

M-8 Boys Basketball

St. Michael-Alb. 3-0, 9-4; Big Lake 3-1, 6-8; Rogers 2-1, 8-5; Buffalo 2-1, 7-6; Monticello 2-2, 2-11; Cambridge-Isanti 0-3, 2-12; Becker 0-4, 4-9.

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan 20 • 5:45 pm Becker HOME

Tuesday, Jan 24 • 7:30 pm

Buffalo AWAY

C-I Girls 79, Big Lake 47

The Bluejackets evened their Mississippi 8 record at 2-2 with a Jan. 13 road win over the Hornets. Leading the Jacket attack was Whitney Olson with 28 points. Pouring in more scoring were Natalie Larson (14), Brynn Liljander (12) and Amanda Hanson, with Hanson leading on the boards with 10 rebounds.

M-8 Girls Basketball

Buffalo 5-0, 13-3; St. Michael-Alb. 4-0, 10-5; Cambridge-Isanti 2-2, 9-6; Rogers 2-2, 7-8; Monticello 2-3, 7-6; Becker 1-5, 4-10; Big Lake 0-4, 4-10.

Girls Basketball

Friday, Jan 20 • 7:15 pm Becker HOME

Tuesday, Jan 24 • 7:30 pm Buffalo HOME

CCS Girls 48, Hope 31

The Cambridge Christian girls earned their second Christian Athletic League win of the season with a 48-31 effort at Hope Christian Jan. 13. The victory raised the Warriors’ record to 14-1 overall heading into the meat of the CAL schedule. Ellie Werlein scored 14 points and Shelby Doble added 10 for CCS. Providing more points were Seble Doble (8), Mikayla Lecceardone (5) and Kellie Pedersen (5), with Pedersen also grabbing 12 rebounds.

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan 20 • 8:00 pm Valley Christian AWAY

Tuesday, Jan 24 • 8:00 pm

Good Shepherd HOME

Girls Basketball

Friday, Jan 20 • 6:30 pm Valley Christian AWAY

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