BASKETBALL: Mora sent an early Section 7AA message by pinning a 74-69 loss on Braham boys basketball Dec. 7. The Mustangs worked for inside points to build a 33-26 lead by halftime and kept ahead enough in the second half to secure the victory.
“Sam Johnson played really well to lead Mora. They had bigger, stronger kids who took advantage of our youth,” noted Braham Coach Bob Vaughan.
Braham hit eight three-pointers in the game (four by Sam Stigen), but the team gave away points at the free throw line by making just 13-of-24 attempts. The Mustangs muscled their way for a 44-31 edge on the boards.
Guard John Larson finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to pace the Bomber attack. Zach Dahlman posted the double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Stigen added the 12 points and 3 assists. More Braham points came from Shawn Hollenkamp (9), Chris Olson (7) and Connor Tschumper (6).
• On Dec. 11, Braham jumped out early and shot the ball well throughout to down host Hinckley-Finlayson 85-57. The win improved the Bombers’ Great River record to 2-0 (2-1 overall).
Braham Girls 63, Mora 46
The Bomber girls stayed undefeated at 5-0 with two victories this past week. On Dec. 6, they scurried past Mora with 18 steals in a matchup of Section 7AA partners.
Becca Dahlman scored 26 points and also led with 8 rebounds in the win. Kayla Nickles and Jaclyn Hollenkamp added 12 points each, and Dani Braund contributed 8 points and 7 rebounds.
“Mora’s height and athleticism (2012 State volleyball entrants) were a concern going into the game. They have three starters at 5’10 or taller,” said Braham Coach Tim Malone. “Our main goal was to apply great ball pressure and not let them enter into their offensive sets. By the end of the game, Mora had 43 turnovers, and to a large extent this cancelled out their height advantage. On the other side, Mora played a 1-2-2 zone most of the game, and we did not shoot the ball well.”
• On Dec. 11, Braham bolted to a 33-0 opening lead, going on to defeat visiting Hinckley-Finlayson 90-24. Limited action stats leaders were: Dahlman– 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 14 steals; Nickles– 15 points, 5 steals; Braund– 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals; Jenna Winter– 12 points.
C-I Girls 63, Spring Lake Park 55
The Bluejackets raised their record to 3-1 with a home win over the Panthers Dec. 6. Brynn Liljander hit a key field goal to make it 51-47, then shot her free throws well down the stretch to lead Cambridge-Isanti with 29 points.
Adding key points were: Paige Muehlhauser 11 (7 rebounds), Lily Porta 9, Justine Larson 6 and Amanda Hanson 4.
Warriors rack up hoops wins
The Cambridge Christian boys upped their basketball record to 5-1 this winter with two wins last week, beginning by holding off 4th Baptist 59-52 Dec. 4.
“We had built a fairly steady lead throughout the game. We were never dominating, and they hung with us but we actually didn’t play particularly well. Peter Maring’s offense and blocked shots on defense really helped build our lead. Peter actually had an outstanding game,” described CCS Coach Jeff Bonkoski.
Maring paced the Warriors with 20 points, followed by 12 each from Jake Bergman and Anders Boyum. Adding points were Justin Roble (8) and Grant Taylor (5).
On Dec. 7, the Warriors racked up 29 steals and played fantastic defense in a 65-19 win over Liberty Classical.
CCS Girls 56, 4th Baptist 26
The Warriors bolted to a 29-11 halftime lead and kept sprinting to the Dec. 4 win at home over 4th Baptist. Kristin Bergman and Jerusalem Solomon led the squad with 14 and 12 points. Adding extra buckets were Karly Wiek (9), Seble Doble (8), Shelby Doble (6), and Kellie Pedersen (5).