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Bearcats girls win 2, lose 1 on the road

By Mark Johnson, coach
The Bearcats spent last week getting on and off school buses. Monday evening, Dec. 11 they made the trek to Fisher. Tuesday night, Dec. 12 they rolled down the highway to Red Lake Falls. Friday night, Dec. 15 they finished up with a road trip to East Grand Forks.

KCC 78 – CF 41
The Bearcats got it going early against the Climax-Fisher Knights last Monday night in Fisher. KCC jumped out to an early lead on the backs of their full court pressure and attacking style of offense. The Bearcats’ full court 2-2-1 pressure gave the Knights fits and turned into extra possessions and easy baskets for KCC. The Bearcats posted a 43-21 halftime lead.
The second half was a repeat performance of the first half of play. KCC controlled the pace and style,and were able to keep building on their first half lead. The Bearcats only had two players in double digits at the game’s end but had 10 players break into the scoring column. It was a start-to-finish performance by the Bearcats that never had the outcome in doubt.
Scoring leaders: Morgan Turn 25, Kaydence White 18, Ellen Hilman 8, McKinley Folland 6, Hanna Warnke 6, Aliyah 4, Afton Lindgren 4, Greta Kuznia 3, Lily Peterson 2, Berlyn Strege 2
Rebound leaders: White 8, Folland 7, Peterson 6, Lindgren and Hilman 5 each
Assist leaders: Strege 4, Turn, Folland and Kuznia 3 each

KCC 82 – RLF 48
Tuesday night, KCC picked up right where they left off the previous night. The Bearcats jumped on top of the Red Lake Falls Eagles from the opening tip and never looked back. KCC’s full-court pressure once again created easy scoring opportunities and extra possessions for the Bearcats. The KCC offense dumped in 41 first half points and helped pace the Bearcats to a 41-20 lead at the break.
The Bearcats stumbled a bit in the early minutes of the second half. The Eagles found ways to get to the foul line and closed the KCC lead to 16 points in the early stages of the half. The Bearcats responded, regained control of the game, and rolled to an 82-48 win and moved their season record to 4-0.
Scoring leaders: Morgan Turn 22, Greta Kuznia 15, Kaydence White 13, Hanna Warnke 11, Afton Lindgren 9, McKinley Folland 6, Ellen Hilman 4, Hadley Nordin 2
Rebound leaders: Turn 7, Warnke, Lindgren and White 6 each
Assist leaders: Warnke Strege and Kuznia 4 each, Aliyah Vig 3

KCC 79 – EGF 84
The Bearcats wrapped up their road travels on Friday night in East Grand Forks against the EGF Green Wave. It was a contest that would prove to be a battle from start to finish.
KCC struggled a bit in the opening minutes of play and found themselves trailing 6-0 early in the contest. The Bearcats settled down against the EGF full court pressure and started to capitalize over the top of the press. KCC used their own full court pressure to help turn the tide and pulled out to a 5-point advantage midway through the first half of play. The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the first half and entered the locker-rooms at the break with EGF holding a 42-40 lead.
The second half continued to be a tightly played contest. Both teams dug in and kept up their pressure in hopes of wearing the other team down. Like the first half, KCC built a small lead a little past the midway point and were in a position to try and seize control of the game.
EGF responded and slowly turned the tables into a slim lead of their own. The final minutes of the game were as tightly contested as the previous 30 minutes had been. A pair of three-point baskets by the Green Wave gave them just enough cushion to close out the game and claim an 84-79 win over the Bearcats. KCC once again had a balanced offensive attack and had 4 players score in double digits and nine players break into the scoring column.
Scoring leaders: Morgan Turn 22, Greta Kuznia 19, Lily Peterson 11, Kaydence White 11, Afton Lindgren 6, Berlyn Strege 4, Hanna Warnke 2, Aliyah Vig 2, McKinley Folland 2
Rebound leaders: Peterson and White 7, Strege, Lindgren and Kuznia, 4 each
Assist leaders: Warnke 5, Peterson and Strege 4 each, Turn and Kuznia 3 each


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