BASKETBALL UPDATES: The Braham girls continued their development on the courts by knocking off visiting Onamia 60-44 for a Great River victory on Feb. 10. Emily Lindquist popped for six three-pointers and paced the offense with 22 points. Additional scoring came from Lizzie Altendorf (13), Kaitlyn Dordal (12) and Amelia Fiedler (5).
On Feb. 12, host Rush City slipped past Braham 50-44 to sweep the season series while staying pace with Aitkin in the GRC. Top scorers against the Tigers were Lindquist (15), Altendorf (13) and Angela Bendickson (9).
“There are stretches that we play at an extremely high level, and there are other moments when our youth and inexperience show. But I like how well we are playing, and I am confident we will be playing our best basketball down the stretch,” said Bomber coach Brittany Lakeberg.
Her Bombers host Aitkin Tuesday, Feb. 24 in a big GRC grudge game.
Great River Girls Basketball: Aitkin 13-1, 18-4; Rush City 13-1, 16-2; Braham 10-4, 13-9; East Central 6-8, 10-10; Isle 6-7, 6-12; Ogilvie 6-9, 7-13; Pine City 4-8, 5-17; Onamia 3-11, 6-13; Hinckley-Fin. 0-13, 1-18.
CCS Girls beat RAHS
The Cambridge Christian girls held off Christian Athletic League rival Rochester Area Home Schools (RAHS) 37-27 in a Feb. 13 home game. Emily Fridberg led with 17 points and eight rebounds, Kristin Bergman added eight points and 10 rebounds, Jerusalem Solomon had six points and five steals, and Amelia Cole had six points for the Warriors.
“I was really happy with how our defense was able to hold them to just four points for the last nine minutes of the game. And our offense is getting better at controlling the pace of the game rather than rushing shots,” said CCS Coach Brian Bergman.
C-I Girls fall to Tigers
Cambridge-Isanti led early 8-3 in the Feb. 13 road game, but it was Princeton playing a smothering defense the rest of the way for a 61-35 victory to even the season series. Lily Porta had 18 points against the Tigers, and Brooke Olson grabbed 12 rebounds to go with seven points.
Duluth East got past the Bluejackets 55-47 in a Saturday matinee game at home. Porta scored 22 and Maria Vavra added 13 points for the C-I girls.
Mississippi 8 Girls Basketball: St. Michael-Alb. 10-0, 19-3 all; Rogers 10-1, 17-6; Princeton 7-4, 16-7; Buffalo 6-5, 13-10; Cambridge-Isanti 5-6, 12-11, 11-9; North Branch 4-6, 10-12; St. Francis 4-7, 9-13; Big Lake 4-7, 8-15; Chisago Lakes 3-7, 9-13; Monticello 0-10, 4-18.
Jacket Boys beat Saints
Picking up a huge win before section seeding, the Cambridge-Isanti boys basketball squad downed host St. Francis 63-51 on Feb. 10. Kyle McDonald hit three ‘3s’ and led C-I with 23 points and eight rebounds. Adding more key points against the Saints were Devin Malik (10, seven rebounds), Luke Johnson (9) and Nate Cox (7).
The Bluejackets kept rolling by defeating visiting Princeton 59-38 Feb. 13. Cox sunk three from the arc to score 13 for C-I, with McDonald adding 12 points and Johnson 10.
Mississippi 8 Boys Basketball: St. Michael-Alb. 12-0, 21-3 all; St. Francis 10-3, 17-7; Chisago Lakes 8-4, 17-7; Rogers 8-4, 15-9; Cambridge-Isanti 7-5, 10-12; Buffalo 6-6, 11-13; Monticello 5-7, 14-10; North Branch 2-10, 6-18; Big Lake 2-11, 3-19; Princeton 1-11, 4-20.
Braham Boys 16-0 in GRC
Braham boys basketball increased its Great River win streak to 85 games after finishing this season with a perfect 16-0 mark in conference match ups. The final notch came in an 86-67 home win over Rush City Feb. 13. Chris Olson scored 26 for the Bombers, John Larson added 21 points and seven rebounds, and Ryan Larson worked for 18 points and nine assists in the victory.
Great River Boys Basketball: Braham 16-0, 20-2; Pine City 14-2, 18-6; Hinckley-Fin. 11-4, 13-10; Rush City 8-6, 9-10; East Central 6-9, 8-13; Aitkin 5-9, 6-17; Isle 3-11, 6-18; Onamia 2-12, 4-17; Ogilvie 2-14, 3-19.