Bombers win summer league championship
The Barnum Bomber girls summer league basketball team competed in tournament play at Cloquet High School July 24.
The day began at 9:30 a.m. in a battle against South Ridge High School. The lady Bombers started out a little slow, but soon ramped it up and took off with the game. The ladies went into halftime with a large lead.
The second half had South Ridge bringing the score very close, but the Bombers had none of that as they put together a rally of their own and walked away with the first win of the day.
The Bombers then took on Superior High School in the second game of the day. This time, the ladies fell behind early, but soon rallied to push back past Superior.
Baily Wheeler and Kamille Korpela opened up with a couple of nice outside shots to bring the Bombers the lead.
The Bombers walked away with a second hard-fought victory. With this win, the Bombers headed to the semifinals against Northwestern High School.
For the third game of the day, the Bombers were again set up for a battle. Northwestern started out with the early lead, but Barnum fought back as a team with all members hitting their shots.
The Bombers soon walked past the ladies of Northwestern and showed they may be the smaller of the teams, but they were not going to be pushed around.
The Bombers ended the third game of the afternoon with yet another hard-battled victory.
This win set up the final game for the championship against Esko High School.
The fourth and final game of the day turned out to be a rematch of the Section 7AA championship from the previous basketball season. This was a back and forth battle of points as both teams started shooting very well, but by halftime, the Bombers fell behind.
The Bombers came out of halftime with the same game plan and started chiseling away at Esko’s lead. As time ticked by, Esko tried to slow the game down, but that’s when the Bombers came alive, forcing Esko to make mistakes and allowing the Bombers to capitalize on those mistakes.
With time running down, Esko found themselves leading by one point, but the Bombers forced a turnover to get the ball back.
With just seconds on the clock, Bomber Cheyanne Johnson drove the basket and drew a foul as the clock ran out of time. Johnson went to the free-throw line with no time left on the clock and the remaining members of both teams headed to the bench. Johnson found herself all alone on the court.
The first shot from the line, for the tie, went up and dropped right through. For her second shot, with a deep breath, she sent the ball into the air and again it dropped straight through, giving the Bombers a one point lead and the victory with no time left on the clock.
The game ended with the Bombers fighting back to win against Esko, and taking the summer league championship.