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November 28, 2012
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Liljander scores 33 in C-I opener; Braham girls handle East

Senior point guard Brynn Liljander dropped the hammer on the new season of Cambridge-Isanti girls basketball as she blistered visiting Princeton for 33 points in a 58-42 opening victory at home Nov. 27.

Bluejacket senior Brynn Liljander drilled three 3-pointers and drove for 33 points to lead her team to a 58-42 season-opening win over Princeton Nov. 27.Photos by Greg Hunt

Liljander scored 20 points in the first half which began like a typical first game of the season. Both teams made mistakes as the game was locked at 6-6 in the early going. Liljander and Justine Larson then knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, then Paige Muehlhauser found Amanda Hanson and Lily Porta with sweet pass plays as C-I began creating breathing room.

After Princeton pulled to within 20-15, the Bluejackets bolted on a 16-2 run, fueled by a strong defensive effort. Liljander began the run with a drive and another ‘3.’ Maria Vavra got inside for her first bucket, followed by two more Liljander drives for scores. Vavra popped a shot from the arc, then Larson and Liljander added solo free throws to finish the run as C-I took a 37-19 lead into the break.

With hair flying, C-I senior Amanda Hanson fought to knock back down an offensive rebound for 2 of her 8 points in the Nov. 27 home win.

Liljander opened the second half with another ‘3,’ and the Jacket press forced a 10-second turnover on the Tigers. Liljander later swished a runner, found Hanson for an assist, then she drove hard for another bucket which kept C-I’s edge at 52-34.

The Jackets’ aggression on defense did result in a quick collection of fouls which got Princeton into the bonus by the 10:50 mark of the second half. The Tigers’ last burst had them within 52-42 with 2:19 to play, but free throws from Porta and Liljander sealed the victory; Liljander ended shooting 10-of-13 at the line. Hanson finished with 8 points for C-I, and Vavra was next with her 5 points.

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