Bluejackets defeat Hunters, Magic
Senior guard Whitney Olson shot her way to the top of the Cambridge-Isanti basketball scoring chart when she led the Bluejacket girls past Monticello 79-64 Monday night, Feb. 6. Olson scored 26 points in the game, surpassing Jonelle Streed’s mark of 1,799 points set back in 1999.
Needing 15 points to reach Streed’s benchmark, Olson hit four three-pointers amid 14 first-half points against the Magic. Early in the second half, Whit drove from the right wing to make a lay-up to set the record and build a 46-32 lead in the game.
“Whitney has put more time in to her game than any other kid whose ever come through the program, so an accomplishment like this is a tremendous reward for her,” said C-I Coach Jody Ledahl.
Brynn Liljander continued her strong play with 20 points– sinking 5-of-6 three-pointers– and also dished 5 assists against the Magic. Adding more key points were Amanda Hanson (8), Erica Young (7) and Justine Larson (6) as the Jackets strode on without injured starting center Natalie Larson (broken hand).
“We’ve won eight of our last 10 and have played well in both losses. We’ve executed so much better at the offensive end. We’ve made the extra pass or two, so we’re taking better shots and shooting a better percentage. We’ve also really stepped up at the defensive end over that run,” said Coach Ledahl. “(Senior) Emily Holboy has come in and played well in Natalie’s absence, and the entire bench in general has been very productive lately.”
Bluejackets 79, Dul. Denfeld 36
The Bluejackets overwhelmed the visiting Hunters in a Feb. 4 matinee game at CIHS. Olson hit her first two three-pointers, finishing with five ‘3s’ and 26 points against Denfeld. Erica Young came off the bench to hit consecutive ‘3s’ which built a 27-9 C-I advantage in the first half. Liljander also passed and penetrated well in the offensive set, finishing with 16 points and 7 assists. Holboy (8 points), Becky Dowell (7 points) and Hanson (6 points) worked hard for interior buckets while the Jackets built a 33-19 halftime edge.
M-8 Girls Basketball
Buffalo 8-0, 18-3; St. Michael-Alb. 8-1, 16-6; Cambridge-Isanti 5-4, 14-8; Rogers 3-5, 9-12; Monticello 3-6, 10-10; Becker 3-6, 7-13; Big Lake 0-8, 4-16.
Story & photos by Greg Hunt