The 19-9 Barnum Bombers brought home the second place trophy from the finals of Section 7AA playoff action at UMD on Saturday, March 15 as they were nipped 38-32 by the Esko Eskomos. Esko led the Bombers only 18-17 at the break and out-scored Barnum just 20-15 in the second half.
In the low-scoring defense affair only one girl scored in the double digits, Daron Mainville of the Bombers, with 12 points.
The main difference though, and much of the way the Eskomos eked out the win, was by hitting 5-for-16 (31 percent) from threeland. By halves, Esko went 2-for-8 and 3-for-8 outside the arc. The Bombers went 1-for-6 in the first half and 1-for-6 in the second half to finish at just 2-for-12 on the long balls.
Both teams played very tight defense and it seemed some nervousness presented itself on both sides of the ball. The Bombers held a slight edge on the inside game as they went 6-for-11 and 3-for-16 for 9-for-27 (33 percent) in the paint. The Eskomos faired even worse in the lane as they went 4-for-14 and 4-for-12 for 8-for-26 (31 percent) for the game. Adding up the threes and the twos, it was Esko at 13-for-42 (31 percent) and Barnum at 11-for-39 (28 percent). Free throws found the Bombers going 8-for-14 (57 percent) and the Eskomos going 7-for-13 (54 percent) for the game. By halves, it was Barnum at 2-for-6 and 6-for-8 from the stripe and Esko at 4-for-6 and 3-for-7 from the foul line.
Barnum held a nice edge on the rebounds in the first at 14-8, but the Eskomos bounced back to barely win the battle of the boards in the second half at 14-13. For the game, the glass grabs had Barnum taking that stat at 27-22.
The Bombers had three steals in the first half and limited the thefts to just one. But in the second half it was Esko really turning up the heat and coming away with 11 steals to finish with a dozen takeaways while the Bombers had five second half steals to finish with eight thefts.
As each team plugged up the passing lane, the readily apparent assists were a wash with four shares for scores for each team and two per half for both squads.
Esko did a fine job of taking care of the basketball in the first half as it had only three turnovers while the Bombers had seven lost possessions in that half. While Barnum continued to have trouble in that department in the second stanza at 10 turnovers, the Eskomos had their difficulties too as they committed nine miscues in the last 18 minutes. At game's end the turnovers total showed 12 for Esko and 17 for Barnum.
The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the 25-5 Eskomos: Kailee Kiminski - 2, 0, 2, 0; Judy Wagemaker - 2, 2, 0, 2; Erika Shady - 2, 1, 2, 1; Bailey Mudek - 6, 2, 2, 0; Ava Gonosorowski - 7 (1), 5, 4, 1; Kailee Katt - 4 (1), 7, 1, 0; Ashley Bergerson - 9 (3), 3, 1, 0; Hailey Salo - 6, 2, 0, 0.
The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the Bombers: Jaelyn Bushey - 0, 1, 0, 1; Alisabeth Warpula - 0, 0, 1, 0; Megan Nelson - 8, 3, 1, 1; Daron Mainville - 12, 8, 0, 0; Cheyanne Johnson - 7 (1), 7, 3, 1; Emily Miletich - 5 (1), 3, 1, 0; Lauren Hultgren - 0, 5, 2, 1.