December 20-January 3
January 11, 2014By Amy Bellus of Concordia Academy Girls Basketball
The Beacons are currently 6-2, coming off a conference win over SPA and a South St. Paul Holiday Tournament split that included a win over South St. Paul and a loss to AAA power Chisago Lakes.
Against SPA, the Beacons dominated from the start, leading by a dozen at the break. However, the Beacons really turned it on in the second half, revving up their press extend their lead and run away with the win. Megan Fallert had a huge game, notching 17 points, a dozen rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Ella Beardsley had a big 10 points off the bench to go along with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Anika Neuman chipped in 10 points, 8 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals in the win.
In the South St. Paul Holiday Tournament, the Beacons struggled to find scoring and battled turnovers on their way to a 35-28 win. South St. Paul proved a bit tougher to score against, with no Beacon finishing in double figures. Michala Walther hit for 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Kristen Stude (8 points, 3 rebounds) and Jacqueline Waedekin (8 points, 4 steals) added depth for CA. The Beacons held the Packers to just 21% shooting from the field and forced 23 Packer turnovers.
In the championship game of the tournament, the Beacons faced Chisago Lakes, the team currently ranked #5 in class AAA. The Beacons proved no match for the Wildcates, getting into a 20-0 hole to start the game and never being able to climb their way out. CA didn’t score for the first 9:30 of the game and managed just a dozen points in the first half. The Wildcat lead ballooned to 30 points early in the second half. From that point on, however, the Beacons outscored Chisago Lakes and managed to whittle the Wildcat lead to 15 by the end of the game. Walther finished with a dozen points. Neuman provided a spark off the bench with 9 points and 4 rebounds. Fallert was tough on the boards, pulling down 8 rebounds. Clara Paul had a solid game with 8 rebounds and 3 steals.
The JV is also coming off a stretch of 2 wins and a loss. Against SPA, the JV had only 11 turnovers, including just 3 in the second half. Jayla Ritter scored a team-high 7 points, while Annika Hegrenes contributed 6 points and 3 blocked shots in the win. The JV also got a nice win in their opener of the South St. Paul Tournament. Ritter was a dominant force in the paint with 20 rebounds and 8 points. Alyssa Moore hit for 10 points and grabbed 10 steals. Sally Paul and Alicia Dahl combined for 13 steals in the win. The JV lost in the championship game to a tough Chisago Lakes squad. The game was close the entire game, but Chisago pulled away in the last 3 minutes. Moore again led the team in scoring with 8 points and grabbed 8 steals. Dahl proved to be a defensive stopper for CA, holding her player to only 2 points. Ritter had another monster night on the boards and scored all 7 of her points from the charity stripe.
Thank you for your continued support of the Concordia Academy Girls’ Basketball Program! The Beacons will resume conference play and travel to DeLaSalle on Tuesday to take on a surging Islander squad. At this point we are working closely with iHigh to try to fix the software issues that are prohibiting us from streaming games. We will post a message on iHigh when these issues are resolved.