The Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms girls’ basketball team traveled to Hayfield Tuesday evening to tangle with the Vikings in a Gopher Conference matchup, and it was the Blossoms that were able to pull away in the second half on their way to a 53-43 win.
Both teams came into the game unbeaten on the season at 3-0, and it was the host Vikings jumping out to a 15-4 lead early before Blossoms Head Coach John Bruns stated that his squad was able to make some adjustments against Hayfield’s pressure defense and rally to take a four point lead at the half, 32-28. The Vikings tied the game early in the second half, but Coach Bruns stated that the Blossoms were able to pull away with a big run that included several strong defensive stands to push their lead to as large as 14 on their way to the win.
Bobbie Bruns led two Blossoms in double figures with 17 points, plus she also added nine rebounds, eight steals and six assists, and she was 3 for 3 from beyond the 3-point arc. Megan Oswald notched a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and six steals, Allison Krohnberg tallied seven points, Maggie Bruns added six points, eight rebounds and five steals and Anna Pauly chipped in six points and seven rebounds in the winning effort for Blooming Prairie. Natalie Beaver led Hayfield with 11 points, Kristen Watson added nine points and Caitlyn Hendrickson was 2 fo 3 from behind the 3-point arc in scoring eight points.
BP is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Gopher Conference. Hayfield is 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Blossoms return to action at home against Maple River on Friday, while the Vikings will be in Wells Friday night for a matchup with United South Central.
The Grand Meadow Superlarks were also in action Tuesday evening in a non-conference tilt with defending Section 1A champion Fillmore Central, and it was the Falcons dealing the Larks their fourth loss in their last five games, 53-48.
Kendyl Queensland led Grand Meadow offensively with 14 points, including two of the Superlark’s six 3-point field goals in the game. Lexy Foster tallied eight points, including two 3-pointers and 10 rebounds, which was tops for the Larks Tuesday evening, River Landers tallied seven points and six rebounds, Sydney Cotten also tallied seven points, Madison Hindt chipped in five points and five rebounds and Gina Stier added four points. Courtney Hershberger led the Falcons with 18 points, which included four of Fillmore Central’s nine 3-pointers in the game, and Madison Krage added 11 points for the Falcons, who were 12-18 from the free throw line, while Grand Meadow was 6 for 7.
Grand Meadow is 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the SEC, and Superlarks return to action in the Southeast Conference next Monday in LeRoy, where they will meet the Cardinals of LeRoy/Ostrander.