January 25-February 10
February 14, 2014By Amy Bellus of Concordia Academy Girls Basketball
The Beacons are coming off of four big wins, including wins over Minnehaha Academy and St. Agnes to secure the #2 seed in the Tri-Metro Conference Tournament. The Beacons beat Class AAAA Minneapolis Southwest 60-52. The Beacons got out to the lead early, but Southwest made a run just before the half to cut the CA lead to just 2. However, in the second half the Beacons slowly but surely extended their lead and knocked off the big school for their twelfth win of the year. Michala Walther had a big game with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Kristen Stude chipped in 9 points and 9 boards. Megan Fallert also pulled down 9 rebounds, while Clara Paul added 6 boards and 5 assists.
The Beacons did not encounter nearly as much resistance in their next game at Brooklyn Center. BC managed only 8 points in the game and proved no match for the Beacons. All 10 players got into the action and nine players scored. Fallert and Walther eached finished with 11 points, while Stude added 10. But, it was Jacquelyn Waedekin who had the big night with 14 points and a game-high 6 steals. Paul dished 5 assists while Anika Neuman was strong off the bench with 9 points and 2 steals. Jilli Bloomer and Ella Beardsley each grabbed 2 steals in the win.
CA Got a huge 51-42 win over their rivals from Minnehaha Academy last Tuesday. The Beacons got off to another quick start, jumping out to a 22-14 halftime lead. Strong defense was the key to this important conference and section victory. Walther dominated offensively, finishing with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Neuman added a spark, hitting for 10 points and 7 boards. Paul dished 4 assists and Fallert pulled down 6 rebounds as the Beacons moved to 14-4 on the season.
Finally, the Beacons overcame a slow start and sloppy play, to squeak by with a 45-38 win over St. Agnes last Friday. CA seemed bothered by the scrappy and physical play of the Aggies and managed just a 2-point lead at the intermission. However, the second half showed a Beacon squad with much more energy as they rode their full court press to a 10-point lead. Despite a strong push by the Aggies late, the Beacons held on for a 7-point win. Fallert’s solid free-throw shooting late led her to 11 points and 8 rebounds. Walther overcame a tough shooting night to finish with 10 points and 6 boards. Stude had a solid game, hitting on 3/4 3-point attempts on her way to 9 points.
The JV lost a tough one to Minnehaha Academy last week. It was a close game all the way, however a late surge by the Red Hawks put it out of reach for CA. Alyssa Moore had a strong game with 10 points. Layla Hernandez played a solid overall game, dishing 5 assists and pulling down a team-high 8 rebounds. Sally Paul provided some much-needed toughness on the defensive end, corralling 3 steals and grabbing 7 defensive boards.
The C team lost a hard fought battle last week to the Redhawks from Minnehaha Academy. The leading scorers were Alyssa Moore with 8 points and Rebecca Hed with 7. Both ladies did a great job of pushing the ball up the court and to the basket. Also contributing to the score with 2 points each were Lizzie Ulmer, Layla Hernandez, Annika Hegrenes and Becca Erdman. Alison Maser had another great game by pulling down 6 rebounds and hustling to get loose balls. The girls played great as a team and executed both the offense and defensive nicely.