BP girls drop second game of season
A battle of the ranked teams ended up with the lower ranked team, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, snatching a victory from the higher ranked team, the Awesome Blossoms, in girls basketball action Friday night.
WEM came into the game ranked ninth while Blooming Prairie was ranked fifth. WEM defeated the Blossoms 59-51. WEM remains unbeaten at 14-0 on the season while the Blossoms fall to 10-2.
“It was a very competitive game throughout with WEM leading by 4-8 points most of the time,” said John Bruns, Blossoms coach. “We battled hard against their length and athleticism, but we just could not string together enough stops and baskets to get back into the lead.”
Julia Worke and Megan Oswald led the way with 19 points each for the Blossoms. Oswald also had 14 rebounds in the game.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 59, Blooming Prairie 51
BLOOMING PRAIRIE (51)
Maggie Bruns 4 P, 1 3-PT; Bobbie Bruns 7 P; Maya Lembke 2 P; Julia Worke 19 P, 3 3-PT; Megan Oswald 19 P, 1 3-PT.
Brielle Bartelt 18 P, 3 3-PT; Toryn Richards 15 P, 2 3-PT; Ellie Ready 9 P, 2 3-PT; Lindsay Condon 3 P; Payten Polzin 2 P; Trista Hering 6 P; Kylie Pittman 6 P, 1 3-PT.
Halftime: WEM 26, BP 21.
Free throws: BP 10-17, 9-14.
Three-point goals: BP 5, WEM 8.
Earlier in the week, the Blossoms pounded Southland 55-30 on Jan. 7. It was BP’s first home game since Dec. 5.
The Blossom girls built a big halftime advantage behind great defense and rebounding holding Southland to 8 first half points. “We were able to do a great job contesting their shooters and limiting their possessions to one shot and done,” Bruns said.
Megan Oswald led the way with 13 first half points.
In the second half, BP was able to maintain and even build on the lead at times. “Southland is a very dangerous team that has a balanced scoring attack, and we know that they never quit so it was great to see us continue to play hard and compete the entire 36 minutes,” said Coach Bruns.
Worke and Allison Krohnberg did an outstanding job rebounding on both ends and that was huge for the Blossoms as well, Bruns said..
Blooming Prairie 55, Southland 30
Kelsey Mensink 4 P; Hattie Wiste 5 P; Kayla Nelsen 10 P; Bailey Johnson 0 P; Larissa Goslee 2 P; Lexi Smith 7 P; Katie Popenhagen 2 P.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE (55)
Maggie Bruns 2 P; Bobbie Bruns 15 P; Maren Forystek 3 P, 1 3-PT; Maya Lembke 2 P; Melanie Winzenburg 2 P; Julia Worke 6 P, 8 R; Allison Krohnberg 4 P, 7 R; Anna Pauly 4 P; Megan Oswald 17 P.
Halftime: BP 29, SOUTH 8.
Free throws: SOUTH 2-6, BP 4-5.
Three-point goals: SOUTH 0, BP 1.
After getting off to a bit of a slow start in the first half, the Blossoms were able to open the game up in the second half and take control of the game Thursday against Lyle-Pacelli. BP dominated the game coming out on top 69-40.
It was back and forth much of the first half with Olivia Christianson and Kearah Schafer scoring 11 and 8 points respectively.
“We rebounded the ball very well throughout the game, but struggled to put the ball in the hoop in the first half,” Bruns said. “However, in the second half, we got our transition game going and we were able to gain a nice lead,” he added.
Megan Oswald had a career high 28 points. Many of them came off offensive rebounds and some nice feeds from Bobbie Bruns who had 6 assists.
Blooming Prairie 69, Lyle-Pacelli 40
Olivia Heard 1 P; Olivia Christianson 22 P, 2 3-PT; Kearah Schafer 11 P, 3 3-PT; Rachel Nelsen 2 P; Avari Drennan 2 P; Kirsten Koopal 2 P.
BLOOMING PRAIRIE (69)
Maggie Bruns 8 P, 2 3-PT; Bobbie Bruns 8 P, 6 Assists; Anna Kittelson 2 P; Maren Forystek 2 P; Maya Lembke 4 P; Baylee Sorensen 4 P; Julia Worke 5 P, 1 3-PT, 10 R; Allison Krohnberg 4 P; Anna Pauly 4 P; Megan Oswald 28 P, 11 R.
Halftime: BP 29, LP 22.
Free throws: LP 7-8, BP 2-4.
Three-point goals: LP 5, BP 3.