WEM breaks BP’s unbeaten season
After rolling to an unbeaten 7-0 record, the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms basketball team came away with its first loss of the season Friday night.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown defeated the Blossoms 64-60 on the home court.
Earlier in the week, the Blossoms pulled off two victories, though they were both tough games, Coach Nate Pillar said.
After beating Southland 72-63, Pillar said, “We survived a tough one. It was a very physical contest with Southland shooting the ball extremely well.”
Pillar noted the Blossoms were a little short handed during the game due to an injury. But he praised Southland for the way they played. “They came to win. We got down by a handful in the first half and certainly is fair to say nothing came easy,” he said.
Despite the win, Pillar wasn’t please with his team’s performance. “We struggled shooting in all aspects, our defense was awful and we didn’t rebound well,” he said. “We did play with some grit and gutted that one out, but it’s not a recipe for sustainable success,” he admitted.
Gabe Hagen led the Blossoms in scoring with 22 points followed by Kaden Thomas with 19 and Parker Vaith with 12.
The Blossoms came back on Thursday to snag their seventh victory of the season with a razer-thin win over Grand Meadow 54-53. Coach Pillar described the game as “another tough section matchup” against the Superlarks.
Once again Hagen led BP’s scoring with 15 points. Thomas and Karson Vigeland added 11 points each.
“Shooting was a struggle again and we turned the ball over too easily, but we again escaped with a win,” said Pillar. “We didn't manage the clock really well at the end and we were fortunate enough to have the lead that we did. We'll take the win and count our blessings.”
Pillar described the game as similar to Tuesday night’s contest against Southland. He said it was good to have Vigeland back in the lineup as Vigeland, Thomas and Hagen “really carried us tonight.”
The Blossoms (7-1) have a busy schedule this week. After playing Medford Tuesday night, BP travels to Triton Thursday, USC Friday and the Blossoms close out the week by taking on Goodhue at Target Center in Minneapolis Saturday afternoon.