Bomber Girls close in on Great River crown

BASKETBALL UPDATES: Braham girls basketball endured for a 55-49 victory at the tough Isle gym Tuesday, Feb. 18 to take a big step toward clinching the program’s fifth-straight Great River championship. The Bombers need a win at Onamia Feb. 21 to officially lock up the title.

On that path, the Bombers downed East Central 68-39 Feb. 14 led by Kayla Nickles (25 points, 8 rebounds) and Jaclyn Hollenkamp (15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals). Lizzie Altendorf added 9 points, and Angie Bendickson scored 8 on the Eagles.

The night before, the Bombers had a high turnover night in a 61-52 loss at St. Cloud Tech. Nickles scored 21, with 11 points each coming from Jenna Winter and Hollenkamp. Altendorf hit three three-pointers for nine points.

GRC Girls Basketball: Braham 13-1, 19-3; Isle 11-2, 19-2; Aitkin 11-3, 17-5; Rush City 9-5, 11-7; East Central 6-6, 7-11; Ogilvie 3-10, 6-14; Pine City 2-10, 2-19; Hinckley-Fin. 2-11, 3-16; Onamia 2-11, 3-17.

Braham Boys beat ML-WR Rebels

A torrid shooting stretch had Braham boys basketball cranking up 58 first-half points en route to beating former section partner Moose Lake-Willow River 95-77 at home Feb. 17. Zach Dahlman popped four three-pointers in his 28 points, and Chris Olson sunk five ‘3s’ to finish with 25 points on the Rebels. John Larson matched 20 points with 5 assists, with Ryan Larson adding 7 points and 6 assists.

To clinch the Great River title back Feb. 11, J. Larson shot for 24 points and passed for 6 assists in a 79-68 win over visiting Aitkin. Dahlman (16), Olson (13) and R. Larson (10) were next in scoring for the Bombers, with Randy Braund adding 5 points to go with his steady defense.

The Bombers added a 67-60 GRC win over East Central Feb. 13. Leading scorers that night were J. Larson (18), Olson (16), Dahlman (11), Connor Tschumper (10) and Braund (7). Dahlman also pulled down 14 rebounds and fed 6 assists in the victory.

Braham improved to 15-0 in the conference with an 84-53 win over visiting Isle Feb. 18. J. Larson was a perfect 3-for-3 from the arc amid his game-high 25 points. Olson (21), Tschumper (13), R. Larson (11) and Dahlman (10) followed in the scoring column.

GRC Boys Basketball: Braham 15-0, 21-3; Hinckley-Fin. 11-4, 13-10; Aitkin 9-6, 12-12; Pine City 9-6, 12-13; Rush City 9-7, 10-11; Isle 7-8, 13-12; Onamia 5-10, 10-14; East Central 3-12, 7-15; Ogilvie 0-15, 0-23.

C-I Girls win three

Free throw shooting by Justine Larson and a big three-pointer from Maria Vavra lifted Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball over section-partner Duluth East 59-58 in a Saturday road matinee. Lily Porta scored 22, Vavra 13 and Larson 6 points in the win.

On Feb. 18, Larson scored 16 and doubled with 11 rebounds when the Jackets got past Chisago Lakes 62-48. Porta scored 9, with 8 points each from Shelby Swanson and Lauryn Swanson.

On Feb. 13, Porta scored 22, Vavra 14 and S. Swanson 10 in a 62-48 home win over Princeton.

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: East: Cambridge-Isanti 7-4, 13-9; Chisago Lakes 6-4, 16-5; Princeton 4-7, 10-11; St. Francis 3-8, 8-14; North Branch 2-8, 10-12.  West: St. Michael-Alb. 11-0, 18-4; Monticello 9-2, 19-5; Buffalo 7-5, 13-10; Rogers 6-6, 13-10; Big Lake 0-11, 3-20.

C-I Boys sweep Wildcats

Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball defeated Chisago Lakes twice in four nights, beginning with a 51-42 road win Feb. 15. Nate Cox hit four “3s” for 17 points to lead C-I, with Matt Swanson scoring 12 and Kyle McDonald 11.

On Feb. 18, the Jackets topped the Wildcats 60-57 behind 15 points from McDonald, 14 by Devin Malik, 11 from Jake Johnson and 10 from Cox.

Back on Feb. 13, Cambridge-Isanti swept the season series with Princeton by notching a 78-59 road win. Swanson knocked down four three-pointers to score 26, and he also led C-I with 9 rebounds. Cox scored 17, and McDonald totaled 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball: East: St. Francis 11-2, 20-5; Cambridge-Isanti 7-6, 16-9; Chisago Lakes 4-9, 9-15; North Branch 3-9, 9-15; Princeton 1-11, 7-16.  West: Buffalo 13-0, 20-5; St. Michael-Alb. 9-4, 13-12; Big Lake 8-5, 18-7; Rogers 4-8, 9-14; Monticello 4-9, 12-13.

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