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Bearcats girls grab top seed with two final wins

By Mark Johnson

KCC 88 – RLF 48
The Bearcats had to finish business last week with two conference games — one to seal the Northern Galaxy Conference Championship and a second for the North Border Conference Championship.
Red Lake Falls was first on the agenda with a chance to play spoiler to the Bearcats’ bid to claim the Northern Galaxy top honors. The Eagles put up a fight early and kept the game close through the opening minutes. The Bearcats struggled to find a rhythm and just weren’t looking sharp.
Midway through the first half it was if a switch was flipped and KCC took control of the game. The Bearcats trailed the Eagles 10-11 with 13:52 left to play in the first half when the flood gates opened and KCC went on a 41-15 tear and posted a 51-26 halftime lead.
The Bearcats took care of business in the second half of play, as well. KCC outpaced the Eagles 37-22 and rolled to the 88-48 win and in the process laid claim to the Northern Galaxy Conference Championship.
We weren’t as engaged as we needed to be in the beginning of the game, but the girls stuck with it and after the sluggish start found a way to get things rolling.

Scoring leaders: Greta Kuznia 25, Lily Peterson 15, Morgan Turn 10, McKinley Folland 10, Afton Lindgren 8, Kaydence White 7, Berlyn Strege 5, Aliyah Vig 3, Ellen Hilman 2, Olivia Vagle 2, Hanna Warnke 1
Rebound leaders: McKinley Folland 9, Ellen Hilman 4
Assist leaders: Hanna Warnke 6, Morgan Turn 5, Lily Peterson 4

KCC 95 – Warroad 68
The Bearcats closed out their regular season against the Warriors in Warroad on Thursday, Feb. 22. It was another important game for the Bearcats as a win would secure the North Border Conference Championship.
KCC got an early lead and never really let the Warriors get a sniff for most of the contest. The Bearcats had a few possessions that resulted in turnovers to give Warroad a brief glimpse of hope, but KCC followed those up with mini runs to boost their lead right back up where it had been previously. The Bearcats controlled the opening half of play and posted a 47-36 lead at the break.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first half. The Warriors never threatened the KCC lead, and the Bearcats just kept slowly and methodically building their lead. As the game progressed, KCC became more comfortable attacking the middle of the Warrior zone defense and kept finding open shooters for quality looks from the field. The Bearcats cruised to the 95-68 win and secured the North Border Conference Championship in the process.
We did a nice job of finding the open teammate. We could have been better from a team defense point of view. We didn’t always get to our responsibilities quick enough to force the ball out of their primary player’s possession. We will need to be sharper as we start our playoff run.

Scoring leaders: Kaydence White 25, Morgan Turn 15, Greta Kuznia 14, McKinley Folland 9, Berlyn Strege 8, Lily Peterson 7, Aliyah Vig 5, Hanna Warnke 4, Afton Lindgren 4, Olivia Vagle 3, Ellen Hilman 2
Rebound leaders: Kaydence White 9, McKinley Folland 8
Assist leaders: Morgan Turn 5, Hanna Warnke 4, Lily Peterson 4, Berlyn Strege 4


Lily Peterson has a layup during the Bearcats’ 88-48 win over the Red Lake Falls Eagles. Peterson had 15 points, and 4 assists in the game. (Photo Courtey of KC Media Arts)

Fighting for possession of the ball during the KCC Red Lake Falls game were KCC’s #1 Hanna Warnke and #14, Ellen Hilman against a couple of RLF players. The Bearcats won the game 88-48. (Photo Courtey of KC Media Arts)

GRETA KUZNIA goes to the net while a Warroad Warrior player tries to stop the play. Kuznia had 14 points in the contest to help her team defeat the Warriors 95-68. The win gave the girls the North Border Conference Championship title.
(Photo Courtey of KC Media Arts)

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