Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball won its seventh straight season-opener, playing solid defense in a 67-47 victory over visiting Brainerd Dec. 3.
With just two starters back in Justine Larson and Lily Porta, it was a different-looking Bluejacket squad which took the court for tip-off. The offense began tentatively, but Maria Vavra settled things nicely by hitting a ‘3’ and a drive for the team’s first five points. Porta followed with four points, including a bucket off the full-court trap, and Abby Glotzbach dropped in an offensive board to keep the game tied at 11-11.
The Jackets then stacked up a 9-2 run to create some distance from the Warriors. Porta hit two free throws, then she benefitted from good outlet passes from Sydney Larkin and Vavra for two breakaways in the run. Porta also found Larson on a nice baseline play which made it 22-15. Larson finished the half by putting in a bucket off a pin-balling scramble, then her steal with 17 seconds left fed Porta for another layup as the lead stood at 28-17 at the break.
The Bluejackets pressure defense stayed on Brainerd in the second half, and the offense kicked out 39 points to win going away. Porta finished the evening with 22 points, with Vavra adding 14 and Larson 12 points. Additional point totals: Glotzbach 7, Brooke Olson 6, Lauryn Swanson 4, Marsha Porta 2.
White Bear Lake 68, C-I Boys 64
White Bear Lake evened the Bluejacket boys basketball’s record at 1-1 on the season by winning the rebound battle in the 68-64 non-conference game at CIHS Nov. 26. Matt Swanson’s field goal gave C-I its last lead of 55-54 with 6:44 to play, and Nate Cox’s layup had the team to within 64-61 with 1:50 remaining.
Cox was 4-for-6 from the arc for 16 points, and Kyle McDonald added 16 points and led with 6 assists. Swanson finished the night with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals before fouling out. Additional points: Jake Johnson 7, Devin Malik 6, Hunter Vavra 4.