BASKETBALL ROUND-UP: The Cambridge Christian girls basketball squad worked through a 46-40 battle at South Metro Feb. 14 to earn their 15th victory on the season.
“It was a strange game. Kristin Bergman was sick, so she did not make the trip which hurts our team on both ends of the court. Then it was just one of those games where the girls did everything right, except put the ball in the basket,” described CCS Coach Brian Bergman. “We worked the ball well and got great shots, they just would not fall. We were tied at halftime 17-17 and we did end up gutting out a win 46 – 40. We made 17 of 26 free throws, while the other team went 2 for 14. We have been emphasizing how important free throws are this year, so it was good to see a practical example.”
That same night, the Warrior boys held off South Metro 79-71 as Jake Bergman lit it up for 33 points. More CCS leading scorers were Peter Maring (13), Anders Boyum (9), Josh Roble (7) and Justin Roble (5).
CAL Boys Basketball: Cambridge Christian 8-0, 21-1; RAHS 6-1, 20-4; Christian Life 4-4, 11-8; Immanuel Lutheran 3-3, 7-11; Valley Christian 1-4; Hope Christian 1-6, 3-10; Faith Foreston 0-5.
CAL Girls Basketball: RAHS 6-0, 17-4; Cambridge Christian 6-1, 15-4; Immanuel Lutheran 3-3, 6-12; Faith Foreston 2-3, 12-8; Christian Life 1-6, 6-11; Hope Christian 0-5, 1-12.
Braham Boys win two
The Bombers stayed perfect in the Great River Conference boys basketball with two more wins. On Feb. 14, Braham ran past visiting East Central 99-49 after opening a 68-20 lead at the break. Zach Dahlman and John Larson both scored 23 points to pace the Bombers, with Chris Olson (16), Shaun Hollenkamp (10) and Connor Tschumper (10) adding balanced scoring. Sam Stigen dished 11 assists and added 9 points.
On Feb. 19, Braham downed host Isle 83-54 as Dahlman scored 21 and Hollenkamp 18.
Great River Boys Basketball: Braham 15-0, 21-2; Hinckley-Fin. 12-3, 15-6; Rush City 10-5, 12-8; Onamia 10-5, 12-10; Aitkin 8-6, 8-13; Isle 6-9, 11-10; Pine City 4-11, 6-16; Ogilvie 2-13, 3-17; East Central 0-15, 1-19.
C-I girls beat East
With a balanced effort, the Cambridge-Isanti girls defeated visiting Duluth East 75-60 on “Senior Day” at the CIHS gym Saturday, Feb. 16. Seniors Amanda Hanson (15 points/13 rebounds) and Paige Muehlhauser (15 points/13 rebounds) both doubled up while hitting the offensive glass well. Fellow senior Brynn Liljander added 9 points and 6 assists, with junior Justine Larson scoring 16.
The Bluejackets dropped their last two Mississippi 8 games over the past five days. On Feb. 14, visiting Buffalo rallied to win 58-53. Liljander scored 20 for C-I, with Larson scoring 11 and both Hanson and Lily Porta adding 8 points.
“Buffalo did a good job of taking us out of the flow of our offense all game. The final five minutes, we had a 6-point lead and tried to slow the game down, spread the floor, and use the clock. We only scored one point after that,” replayed C-I Coach Jody Ledahl. “We just didn’t execute efficiently down the stretch, and we had trouble containing Spier (Div. I signee at NDSU).”
On Feb. 19, Monticello swept the season series with a 53-40 win over the Bluejackets. Hanson and Larson scored 10 points each for C-I, with Porta and Maria Vavra adding 6 points each.
Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: St. Michael-Alb. 8-1, 20-5; Monticello 7-2, 21-4; Rogers 6-3, 16-9; Cambridge-Isanti 4-5, 16-9; Buffalo 2-7, 9-16; Big Lake 0-9, 9-16.
Rogers 62, C-I Boys 60
Rogers crept past the Bluejackets in the Mississippi 8 standings with a two-point home win Feb. 15.
On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Bluejackets travel to Duluth East for a matinee game against the Greyhounds who are coached by C-I alum Rhett McDonald, son of Bluejacket head coach Mike McDonald.
Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball: Buffalo 6-1, 15-7; St. Michael-Alb. 6-1, 13-9; Big Lake 4-3, 13-9; Rogers 3-4, 9-14; Cambridge-Isanti 2-5, 6-16; Monticello 0-7, 6-17.