January 11, 2014By Amy Bellus of Concordia Academy Girls Basketball
The Beacons got a 72-21 win over Minneapolis Edison. CA completely dominated this one and all 14 rostered players got into the action. Senior center Megan Fallert led the way with 14 points on 7/10 shooting. She also pulled down 8 boards. Ninth grader Anika Neuman had a fantastic varsity debut with 11 points, 2 steals and 2 assists. Shannon Moore hit for 11 points and 9 rebounds, providing a nice spark off the bench. Michala Walther chipped in with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Senior forward Kristen Stude made a triumphant return from ACL surgery and finished with 9 points, 6 boards, and 4 steals.
In their next outing against Johnson, the Beacons dominated 76-54. CA had 4 scorers in double figures. Michala Walther led the way with a game-high 25 points. Kristen Stude and Megan Fallert each chipped in 11 points whild ninth grader Anika Neuman added 10.
Up next was conference foe Providence Academy. The Beacons had been dominated by PA in recent years, but this time CA pulled out a 51-38 win. Walther was again in double figures with 14 points. Neuman and Jacquelyn Waedekin each added 10 in the Beacon’s first conference win of the year.
The Beacons lost some of their mojo against a pesky Fridley squad. Fridley hit 6 3-pointers on their way to handing CA their first loss of the year, despite 5 Beacons scoring in double figures. The 67-72 setback left the Beacons at 3-1 on the season. Walther (16), Stude (15), Fallert (12), Neuman (10) and Waedekin (10) kept the Beacons close, but 26 team turnovers spelled doom for CA.
The Beacons got back on track against a pesky Visitation squad. CA got off to a fast start, leading by double figures for the entire first half. However, the Blazers battled back after halftime and crept within 3. Good foul shooting and increased defensive pressure by the Beacons helped them pull away in the final 5 minutes to a 52-41 conference win. Walther had 14 points. Stude chipped in 9 points and 5 steals. Waedekin finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 6 steals, while Fallert pulled down a game-high 9 boards. Neuman chipped in 8 points off the bench.
The JV dominated Johnson 36-22, led by Jayla Ritter who scored 14 points and pulled down a dozen boards. Despite foul trouble, Annika Hegrenes and Kelly Trimble combined for 13 steals. Shannon Moore and Jilli Bloomer provided welcome defensive pressure. The JV lost a tough one to Providence in the final seconds, but got good efforts from Kelly Trimble and Sally Paul whose defensive pressure on the Providence guards, holding them to just 4 points in the second half and shutting down their best shooter. Ritter had 22 rebounds, 8 points and 3 blocked shots in the loss. In their game against Fridley, Abby Miggler’s strong game with 9 points, 10 rebounds led the way. Trimble overcame flu-like symptoms to notch 7 steals and grab 4 rebounds. Paul chipped in a whopping 8 steals. Finally, the JV was dominated by Visitation in a game where points were hard to come by. S. Moore finished with 6 rebounds and 7 steals, while Alyssa Moore offered a much-needed steadiness at point guard. Ritters 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots led the way for the JV.
The Beacons will be back in action at the South St. Paul Holiday Tournament on Friday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. vs. South St. Paul.
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