Bombers crush Isle Feb. 19 to clinch title: In surprisingly easy fashion, the Bomber girls stormed past visiting Isle 77-39 to clinch outright the program’s fourth-straight Great River basketball championship at home Feb. 19.
A good-sized contingent from Isle helped fill the Braham gym Tuesday night since the Bombers needed a late push to defeat the Huskies 77-59 back on Jan. 17. Kayla Nickles began the game with a baseline three-pointer, then her finish off a Becca Dahlman bounce pass had her reach the career 1,000-point mark which had Braham ahead 12-1.
Following the brief celebration for that accomplishment, the Bomber defense stymied the Huskies further, and the Braham girls passed the rock extremely well to create a 36-6 lead with 7:20 left in the first half. Dahlman pulled up for three-pointers and drove to the hole in that stretch as she went on to a 42-point night. Nickles finished with 15 points, Dani Braund scored 10, with Jaclyn Hollenkamp (6) and Angie Bendickson (4) also scoring.
“We were pretty proud of the defensive intensity our girls came out with last night. Isle’s Amber Zimpel scored 27 on us the last time we played, and we had both Becca and Jaclyn shadow her so she would not get those points again,” said Bomber Coach Tim Malone, whose team extended its GRC winning streak to 63 games. “We shot out of the gun well to get that lead, but we still need to keep working on our rebounding.”
• On Feb. 14, the Bombers beat host East Central 76-32 behind 35 points and 5 steals from Dahlman. Nickles (15) and Braund (10) both added key points, with Braund leading with 8 rebounds.
The Bombers added a 95-49 non-conference win at Hibbing Feb. 16. Dahlman scored 33, Nickles hit six three-pointers amid her 27 points, and Jenna Winter added four ‘3s’ for 16 points. Hollenkamp worked for 12 boards and 9 points, with Dahlman raking in 9 more steals.
Great River Girls Basketball
Braham 15-0, 25-0; Isle 13-2, 18-6; Aitkin 11-4, 19-6; Rush City 9-7, 11-10; East Central 8-7, 12-9; Ogilvie 4-11, 6-17; Hinckley-Fin. 4-11, 6-15; Pine City 4-11, 7-18; Onamia 0-15, 1-23.