Braham girls hoops opens with pair of wins

Braham girls basketball began the season with strong defensive pressure while swarming host Mora 70-25 in the Dec. 5 opener. Kayla Nickles led the way with 28 points, and Jaclyn Hollenkamp hustled for 12 steals while adding 22 points in the non-conference win over the Mustangs.

Lizzie Altendorf finished with 4 steals to go with 5 assists for the Bombers. Angie Bendickson worked for 7 points and 4 rebounds, and Natalie Bacon added 4 points and 5 rebounds.

Braham improved to 2-0 after getting past visiting Zimmerman 60-52 on Saturday. Nickles scored 23 points while passing for 4 assists. Hollenkamp added 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Jenna Winter balanced the offense with 11 points to go with 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Altendorf led with 6 assists while scoring 8 and snaring 4 steals.

“Maybe the key to the game was free throw shooting where we made 19-of-25 and the Thunder made 14-of-23,” commented Bomber Coach Tim Malone. “Young Stephanie Braund was a very pleasant surprise off the bench with many great plays while the starters were in foul trouble.”

• On Dec. 10, the Bombers began the Great River season with an 85-25 win over Hinckley-Finlayson.

SC Tech runs  past C-I Girls

Host St. Cloud Tech ran out to a 23-8 lead and kept the heat on to defeat Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball 64-33. The loss evened the Bluejackets’ early record at 1-1.

“Tech came out with a very aggressive half-court defense that put us on our heels, and we never really adjusted or responded,” described C-I Coach Jody Ledahl. “We struggled all game executing our offense, and when you’re not scoring, that puts a lot of pressure on your defense because you never get an opportunity to start a possession with a set defense.”

The Bluejacket offense was led by points from Brooke Olson (7), Lily Porta (6), and Abby Glotzbach (6). Justine Larson had 7 of the team’s 18 rebounds in the loss.

• On Dec. 10, Forest Lake defeated the C-I girls 53-42. Leading scorers for the Bluejackets were Justine Larson (15 points, 7 rebounds), Lily Porta (15 points) and Maria Vavra (4 points).