The Barnum Bomber girls basketball team led 29-20 at the break, but had to hold on to nip the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels by only one point with a 43-42 win in Willow River on Thursday, February 21.
Each team had one player in double figures. Bomber Cheyanne Johnson had a game-high and career-high 22 points, including three three-pointers. Rebel Taylor Miller had 14 points, including two threes.
The Bombers' Lauren Hultgren sank the front of a one-and-one free throw to make the Rebels need a three to tie it. ML-WR got off a couple of good shots, got the rebounds and with one tick remaining Shaelyn Halverson swished what was nearly a game-tying three-pointer. But it seemed it was correctly called a two-pointer. Barnum hung on to win.
By halves, the Bombers went 3-for-7 and 1-for-5 for 4-for-12 (33 percent) outside the arc. The Rebels went 1-for-4 and 1-for-5 for 2-for-9 (22 percent) from threeland.
The Bombers had a strong first half on the inside game as they went 8-for-16, but that faded for just 4-for-9 in the second half for 12-for-25 (48 percent) for the game. The Rebels had 7-for-18 success in the lane in the first half, but also faded in the second half and dropped to 9-for-23 to finish the game in the paint at 16-for-41 (39 percent).
Barnum went 4-for-8 from the foul stripe in the first half and 3-for-5 from the line in the second to wind up at 7-for-13 (54 percent) for the game from the stripe. The Rebels went 3-for-5 from the line in the first half and shot only two attempts in the second, making one, for a total success rate for 4-for-7 (57 percent) for the game at the line.
Rebounding was very close as well. The taller Rebels grabbed nine compared to six boards in the first half, but Barnum took that stat at 14-10 in the second half. At game’s end there was one board separating the teams, with Barnum up 20-19 off the glass.
On the steals, it was 4-2 Barnum in the first half and 4-0 Rebels in the second half for a 6-4 edge for ML-WR on the take-aways.
The Rebels seemed to have the better playing as they had 4-3 readily apparent passes for scores in each half. Barnum had just one notable pass for a score in the half.
In the always important turnover department, it was 6-4 by halves for Barnum for 10 for the game and only 4-0 for the Rebels, as they played one of the best games of the season in terms of taking care of the basketball.
The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the Bombers. Johnson: 22 (3), 4, 0, 1; Daron Mainville: 8, 9, 2, 0; Megan Nelson: 5, 1, 0, 0; Hultgren: 4, 4, 1, 0; Emily Miletich: 4, (1), 1, 0, 0; Lissa Warpula: 0, 0, 1, 1.
The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the Rebels. Miller: 14 (2), 4, 1, 1; Adri Jusczak: 9, 5, 0, 1; Kayla Radel: 7, 4, 1, 0; Shaelyn Halverson: 4, 2, 2, 2; Holly Mattison: 2, 1, 1, 2; Hayley Johnson: 2, 0, 1, 0; Dana Olson: 2, 0, 0, 0; Jodi Michalski: 2, 0, 0, 0; Taylor Dixon: 0, 3, 0, 0.
The Rebels, at 17-9 and seeded third with one of their best records in recent years, are scheduled to host sixth-seeded 9-16 Milaca in Willow River on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.