Bomber Girls pay back ranked Skippers

BASKETBALL UPDATES: Minnetonka gave the Braham girls one of their two losses during last year’s Class AA championship season, but the Bombers turned the tables on the Skippers with a 63-49 home victory Jan. 20.

Becca Dahlman and Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow led the way past Minnetonka, ranked 8th in Class 4A, with 27 and 22 points for the Bombers. Becca Cuda and Kayla Nickles added 6 points each in the game which Braham led 29-24 at the half.

Bombers 77, Aitkin 27

Braham maintained a 1 1/2 game lead over Isle and Rush City in the Great River by flying past visiting Aitkin Jan. 24. Dahlman paced the team with 27 points, followed by Sorenson-Giffrow (16), Nickles (15), and Austyn Eng (13).

GRC Girls Basketball

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

Braham Boys win on road

Braham ran its Great River win streak to 35 games by working past host Aitkin 68-52 Jan. 24. Scoring for the Bombers were Tyler Vaughan (21), Zach Dahlman (13), Cameron Braund (11), Anthony Bias (9), Drew Klemz (7) and Shaun Hollenkamp (6).

GRC Boys Basketball

Braham 9-0, 14-1; Hinckley-Fin. 7-2, 7-4; Isle 6-3, 9-4; Rush City 4-3, 4-7; Aitkin 5-5, 6-8; Onamia 4-5, 6-8; Ogilvie 3-5, 3-6; East Central 1-8, 1-12; Pine City 1-9, 1-14.

Buffalo 67, Jacket Girls 55 

Buffalo remained in control of Mississippi 8 girls basketball halfway through the conference schedule by defeating host Cambridge-Isanti Jan. 24. The Bison bolted out to an early 11-0 lead and limited the Bluejackets to 14 first-half points while improving to 7-0 in M-8 contests.

Whitney Olson hit 3 three-pointers to lead the Jackets with 21 points. Brynn Liljander added a pair of ‘3s’ to finish with 14 points. Natalie Larson had 9 points and 7 rebounds for C-I.

• Back on Jan. 20, the C-I girls knocked off visiting Becker 76-51 as Liljander scored 24 points. More leading scorers for the Jackets were Larson (11), Paige Muehlhauser (11), Olson (10), Amanda Hanson (7) and Emily Holboy (6).

M-8 Girls Basketball

Buffalo 7-0, 15-3; St. Michael-Alb. 5-1, 13-6; Cambridge-Isanti 3-3, 10-7; Rogers 3-3, 9-9; Monticello 3-3, 8-7; Becker 1-6, 4-12; Big Lake 0-6, 4-12.

Becker tips C-I boys

In the opening game of the Jan. 20 double-header at CIHS, the visiting Bulldogs earned their first win on the Mississippi 8 boys basketball schedule by slipping past Cambridge-Isanti 66-65.

Matt Swanson posted the double-double for the Jackets with 14 points and 13 rebounds. More top scorers for C-I were Jonah Poppen (13 points, 6 assists), Tom Selz (12 points), Hunter Vavra (10 points) and Jordan Schleicher (7 points, 5 rebounds).

• On Jan. 24, host Buffalo moved into 1st place in the M-8 by holding on 52-48 over the Bluejackets. Poppen scored 12 for C-I, with 9 points each coming from Swanson and Jake Johnson.

M-8 Boys Basketball

Buffalo 4-1, 9-6; St. Michael-Alb. 3-1, 10-5; Rogers 3-1, 10-5; Big Lake 3-2, 7-9; Monticello 2-2, 2-13; Becker 1-4, 5-9; Cambridge-Isanti 0-5, 2-14.

C-I Hoops Boosters Pancake Breakfast Jan. 29

The Cambridge-Isanti Hoops Boosters will host a Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Christ the King Catholic Parish Hall in Cambridge (315 N. Fern St.). A silent auction will also be held at the event. Meal tickets are $6, with children 5-under free with paying adult.

C-I Knights’ Free Throw Contest

The Cambridge Knights of Columbus will be holding its annual free throw contest at the Cambridge-Isanti High School gym on Sunday, Jan. 29, Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with the free throw contest starting at 2 p.m. All boys and girls, ages 10-14 years (eligibility as of Jan. 1) are welcome to compete. Any questions, please call Jeff Landherr at 763-689-2738.

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