Bomber Girls No. 2 seed, Bluejackets No. 4 for section playoffs

Braham girls basketball was seeded in the North No. 2 slot for this week’s Section 5AA tourney. The Bombers (22-4) will open at home against No. 7 Maple Lake (5-17) Thursday, March 6 (7 p.m.).

A victory sends them to the Saturday quarterfinals, 4 p.m. at St. Michael-Albertville H.S. against either North No. 3 Foley (16-9) or No. 6 Spectrum (17-7). The 5AA semifinals will be March 11 (8 p.m.) back at St. Michael.

Annandale (13-11) is the North No. 1 seed, with Milaca (12-10) and St. Cloud Cathedral (7-18) in the Nos. 4 and 5 spots. Howard Lake-Waverly (23-2) is the top 5AA South seed, and Watertown-Mayer (16-9) is the No. 2 seed.

Braham closed the regular season with a 65-53 win over Duluth Denfeld in a March 3 make-up game. Senior Kayla Nickles ripped the nits for a team-record 9 three-pointers and finished with 37 points. She broke the previous record of 7 ‘3s” she held with Hannah Dahlman and Jenna Winter. Jaclyn Hollenkamp followed with 13 points and 9 rebounds, with Winter and Lizzie Altendorf adding 6 points each.

The Bomber girls clinched their fifth-straight Great River Conference championship outright when they defeated Rush City 70-32 Feb. 28. Nickles knocked down 5 more three-pointers to score 38 on the Tigers. Hollenkamp doubled up with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Winter scored 10 in the win.

GRC Girls Basketball: FINAL Braham 15-1, 22-4; Isle 14-2, 24-2; Aitkin 12-3, 18-7; Rush City 9-7, 12-9; East Central 9-7, 10-13; Ogilvie 4-12, 7-18; Hinckley-Fin. 4-12, 7-17; Pine City 2-13, 2-23; Onamia 2-14, 3-23.

C-I Girls to host Duluth East

Cambridge-Isanti (15-10) was seeded in the No. 4 spot for the Section 7AAAA tournament which kicks off Thursday, March 6. The Bluejackets drew No. 5 Duluth East (10-15), a team they tipped 59-58 back on Feb. 15.

The winner of that match will play in the Monday, March 10 7AAAA semifinals at North Branch (6 p.m. game). Defending champ Anoka (19-7) is the No. seed in that half of the brackets, opening against No. 8 (Coon Rapids (4-22).

In the other half, Forest Lake (18-8) and Andover (14-12) are the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds. The Section 7AAAA finals will be March 14 back at North Branch.

The Bluejackets wrapped up the regular season with the best record in the Mississippi 8 East by defeating visiting Chisago Lakes 49-42 on March 1. Maria Vavra led the Bluejackets with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Lily Porta scored 11 on the Wildcats, Justine Larson added 8 points, and both Shelby Swanson and Brooke Olson scored 6.

Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: FINAL East: Cambridge-Isanti 9-4, 15-10; Chisago Lakes 8-5, 18-6; Princeton 4-10, 12-14; North Branch 4-10, 12-14; St. Francis 4-10, 9-16.  West: St. Michael-Alb. 13-0, 20-4; Monticello 10-3, 19-6; Buffalo 9-5, 16-10; Rogers 7-7, 14-12; Big Lake 0-14, 3-23.

Cambridge Christian squads are No. 1 seeds for this weekend’s CAL Finals

Both Cambridge Christian basketball squads are the No. 1 seeds for the March 6-8 Christian Athletic League Finals hosted by Immanuel Lutheran in Mankato. The Warrior Girls (20-4) will open at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday night against the winner of No. 4 Faith Foreston and No. 5 Valley Christian. The CAL girls championship will be 1 p.m.  on Saturday.  Rochester Area Home Schools (RAHS) is the No. 2 seed in the other half of the brackets.

The Warriors defeated Faith Foreston at home 66-49 at home on Feb. 28. Leading scorers were Kirstin Bergman (22), Kellie Pedersen (17), Karly Wiek (13) and Jerusalem Solomon (8). On Feb. 25, the CCS downed Community of Peace 59-22 behind 24 points from Pedersen and 14 from Bergman.

• The CCS Boys (20-5) will begin the CAL Tourney at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, awaiting the winner of No. 4 Immanuel Lutheran and No. 5 Faith Foreston. The boys championship will be 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and RAHS is the No. 2 seed on the other side of the brackets.

The Warriors worked past Faith Foreston 68-24 on Feb. 28. Jake Bergman led the way with 19 points, with more scoring coming from Grant Taylor (11), Anders Boyum (10), Justin Roble (6) and Syfah Doble (6).