Monday, February 25, 2013

Halftime in the playoff opener: Jaguars up by double digits! and they win!

Katelyn Heinze and Mackenzie Winter (34) denied a clear shot at the basket and forced the W/H-N player to pass out.
Lots of excitement in the post-game huddle tonight. Bring on Brandon/Evansville!

At halftime, the Jaguars girls' basketball team has a 33-22 lead over 11th-seeded Wheaton/Herman-Norcross. The Warriors have kept themselves in the game thanks to four three-pointers.

Three radio stations are on hand: KKOK of Morris, the Train of Norway Lake-Sunburg and Smooth Magic 107 of Glenwood.

*Final: B-B-E 72, W/H-N 30. A very nice win for the Jaguars! Becca Gruber led the team with 20 points, but 10 players scored overall in a very balanced attack. The Warriors (3-17) were held to only 8 points after halftime. In the first half W/H-N shot 4-for-10 from the three-point line but made only one of 10 three-point shots in the second half.

With 9:15 left, a steal and layup by W/H-N's freshmen Jordan Stafford made it 50-30, but the Warriors did not score the rest of the way. A shot in the paint by Becca Gruber with 6:15 left made it 60-30, and the rest is history.

The second half brought plenty to smile about for the Jaguars; (shown) Taylor Braegelman goes to the bench for good with about 4 minutes left and her team leading 66-30.

Now 8-18 overall, the Jaguars travel to Brandon/Evansville (Brandon) on Thursday night. The Chargers head coach, Hall of Fame member Dick Simpson, was in attendance tonight. His team is 14-9 overall and winners of 5 of their last 6 contests; they beat the Jaguars 47-36 on their court on February 4. *Another note: the playoff game on Thursday night will be aired on the Train, 106.5 FM, with Bill Dean and Don Leukam providing play-by-play coverage.

Another fun fact: the Jaguars girls' basketball team is 3-1 this season with D-Mac (Smooth Magic 107 radio broadcaster) calling the game.

Here's action from the first half tonight:

Sub-Section 6A-South girls' basketball scores on February 25:
Battle Lake 43, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 33
West Central Area 47, Ashby 37

Area girls' basketball scores on February 25:
Parkers Prairie 59, Upsala 56 (at Upsala)
Kimball Area 62, St. John's Prep 44

More to follow later.

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