Braham girls make it five-straight to State

Senior Becca Dahlman attacked the hoop well to lead all scorers in the 7AA title game with 31 points. Dani Braund added 10 points, Jenna Winter 9 and Kayla Nickles 8 in the physical battle with Esko.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Senior Becca Dahlman attacked the hoop well to lead all scorers in the 7AA title game with 31 points. Dani Braund added 10 points, Jenna Winter 9 and Kayla Nickles 8 in the physical battle with Esko. Photos by Greg Hunt

In another grueling Section 7AA championship game against Esko, Braham overcame a five-point deficit with hard-nosed play down the final five minutes to win 58-53 at UMD March 7. The victory increased the Bombers’ State-entrant streak to five years and kept them perfect at 30-0 on the season.

Eskomo senior Marissa Shady drove and finished off a three-point play to have her team leading 41-36 and added another bucket to make it 43-39. Braham had three missed shots rebounded by Esko, but then Jenna Winter drained the third of her big three-point shots to cut it 43-42. Becca Dahlman blitzed the Eskomos for consecutive layups to make it 46-43, and the Bombers resumed control of the game. Two sunk shots from Dani Braund coupled with Dahlman swooping in a reverse past 6’9″ Savanna Trapp had Braham ahead 54-46 with 1:35 to go.

The Bombers next will play in the 8 p.m. Class AA quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 13 against Section 3AA champ ¬†BOLD (26-3). Also in that half of the brackets are 1AA champ Pine Island (26-5) and ‘AA’ defending champ Providence Academy (24-4) out of Section 5AA.

In the other half of the brackets at Williams Arena on March 13, quarterfinal matchups are Sauk Centre (27-2) vs. Minneapolis Washburn (22-7), and New Richland-H-E-G (29-1) vs. Pelican Rapids (21-7).

The Class AA State semifinals will be 6 p.m. (Braham’s half) and 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, with the championship at its usual 2 p.m. ¬†time slot on Saturday, March 16.

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