Bombers squeak past Rebels
Moose Lake/Willow River Rebel Adri Jusczak blocks Barnum Bomber Cheyanne Johnson from making a basket.
The Barnum Bombers and Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels girls basketball teams met for the first time this season on December 12 in Barnum.
The Bombers took control of the first half, led by Emily Miletich with seven points and Megan Nelson with six points. Daron Mainville and Lauren Hultgren both put up four points, while Cheyanne Johnson only got one point from the free throw line giving the Bombers 22 first half points.
The Rebels received most of their first half points from the free throw line as they went to the line and shot nine for 10. Morgan Prachar, Hayley Johnson, Adri Jusczak, and Kayla Radel all scored two points in the first half. Hannah Walker, Holley Mattison, Jusczak, and Jodi Michalski went to the free throw line and shot two for two, while Radel shot one for two to give the Rebels 17 first half points.
The first half ended with the Bombers leading 22-17.
The second half, Bomber Mainville and Rebel Jusczak came to life as they began to score for their respective teams.
Jusczak led the Rebels' scoring with nine second half points and 13 points for the night. Prachar came away with the only Rebel three-pointer of the night, along with the two free throws from the first half to give her a game total of five points.
Next it was Radel who scored two points in the second half to give her a game total of five points. Finally, Johnson rounded out the Rebel scoring with four second half points, to give her six game points for the night.
The Rebels shot 83 percent from the free throw line, with most of those points coming in the first half.
Mainville came away from the second half with 16 points, half of them coming from the free throw line, giving her a game total of 20 points. Mainville shot 80 percent from the line, sinking eight of 10 points. Miletich ended with seven second half points to give her a game final of 14 points. Hultgren went to the free throw line to shoot two for four, to add two more points to give her an evening final of six points. Johnson was the only other Bomber to score in the second half, going to the line to sink one of two for a game final of two points. Nelson was the only other Bomber to score with all of her six points coming in the first half.
The Bombers came away with a 48-35 victory with nearly a third of the points scored for the night coming from the free throw line.