Dynamic defense: Bomber girls start 5-0, fueled by pressure ‘D’

Senior guard Jenna Winter hounded a Lion on the exterior during the Bombers' 57-29 home win Dec. 13.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Senior guard Jenna Winter hounded a Lion on the exterior during the Bombers’ 57-29 home win Dec. 13. Photos by Greg Hunt

The Braham girls basketball squad improved to 5-0 with two more victories which featured strong defensive work and quick passes.

At home Dec. 13, the Bombers ran past visiting Legacy Christian 57-29. Jenna Winter had the hot hand from the arc early, sinking three three-pointers for a 12-6 lead.

After the Lions added a free throw, the Bombers tore on a 13-0 run. Along with the defense forcing turnovers along the sideline, steals by Natalie Bacon and Kayla Nickles fed breaks by Jaclyn Hollenkamp and Winter at the other end. A classic sequence saw Winter snare a steal and pass to Nickles who fed Hollenkamp for a 32-11 advantage.

Also on the offensive end, Lizzie Altendorf popped two ‘3s’, and Hollenkamp passed well off the high post to find Nickles cutting for two baskets as the Bombers took a 39-14 lead into the break.`

“Legacy is a long and athletic team who beat us during the summer league. We played really well to slow them down, focusing on their point guard Kiana Ruf,” said Bomber Coach Tim Malone. “I’m very pleased with where we are at defensively, now holding three teams to under 30 points.”

Hollenkamp finished the night with 20 points, with both Nickles and Winter scoring 13 against the Lions.

Kayla Nickles scored on a reverse for two of her 13 points against Legacy Dec. 13, then she led the Bombers with 18 points in the OT win over Barnum the next night.

Kayla Nickles scored on a reverse for two of her 13 points against Legacy Dec. 13, then she led the Bombers with 18 points in the OT win over Barnum the next night.

• On Saturday, Braham got past visiting Barnum 54-49 in overtime as the girls adjusted to playing back-to-back nights. Winter hit a big three-pointer to spur the Bombers in OT who hit 7-of-11 free throws in the extra session.

The physical and intense game saw Nickles lead the way with 18 points. Hollenkamp (12), Winter (9) and Altendorf (9) followed in scoring to hand Barnum its first loss of the season.

Change for Bombers at Tech Holiday Tourney

Due to one team dropping out of the St. Cloud Tech Holiday tourney, the Braham girls will play just one game that weekend against Fairmont on Dec. 27 (4 p.m.). Braham will later pick up a game by adding a Feb. 13 date vs. SC Tech (7:30 p.m.).

 

Braham boys beat Jaguars

Braham led 52-16 at the half en route to defeating host Hinckley-Finlayson 76-45 on Dec. 10 in GRC boys basketball. Zach Dahlman led the Bombers with 27 points and 8 rebounds, and John Larson contributed 20 points and 7 boards. Ryan Larson (8), Connor Tschumper (7) and Alex Olson (6) added more scoring. Randy Braund and J. Larson both passed for 5 assists in the win.

• The Braham boys annual “Alumni Game Night” will be Monday, Dec, 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.

• The Bombers defeated Grantsburg, Wis. 75-44 Dec. 17, paced by 17 points from Chirs Olson and 13 each from Dahlman and J. Larson.

GRC Boys Basketball: Pine City 3-0, 5-1; Braham 2-0, 5-1; Hinckey-Fin. 3-1, 3-1; Aitkin 2-2, 2-5 East Central 1-1, 4-2; Isle 1-2, 3-3; Rush City 1-2, 1-3; Onamia 1-3, 1-3; Ogilvie 0-3, 0-7.

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