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By Dan Lingle
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Lady Bombers start season strong


Dan Lingle

Barnum Bomber Mallory Agurkis drops the long ball over a Blue Devils defender.

The Barnum Lady Bombers started the new basketball season Tuesday, November 29, traveling to East Central to face the Eagles.

The Eagles struck first, landing the first 3-pointer of the night, but Bomber Mallory Agurkis answered the challenge by dropping in her own 3-pointer. It then became a back and forth shooting match with both teams trading shots.

It was late in the first half before the Bombers took the lead and began to build on it. By halftime, the Bombers had a 26-20 lead.

The second half had the Bombers coming out with a new energy, finding the basket much better, as all the Bombers began to score. Emily Miletich found her rhythm and started dropping the ball through the hoop, while Bailey Wheeler got the range and dropped the long ball. Kaitlyn Skutevik did a great job bringing the ball up the floor and driving to the basket, while her sister Alina Skutevik, launched the long ball for the Bombers. Liz Carlson took a few nice shots while playing tremendous defense.

The Bombers came away with the 60-36 victory over the Eagles, putting up the first win for the season.

The second game of the week had the Bombers again hitting the road, this time up to Virginia to take on the Blue Devils December 2.

The Blue Devels were a fast-paced, tough team to compete against. The Bombers started out slow, but soon found a pace to build on as Agurkis again found her long range shot. Wheeler also found the rhythm as she blasted the long balls and drove the lane to be a double scorer. Miletich found her game in the second half and drove the Bombers to their second win of the season. Kaitlyn Skutevik again had ball handling duties, doing a great job bringing the ball up while driving the lane to score for the Bombers. Carlson dropped the long ball in as well, while Brittany Mike drove the ball in from the baseline to help keep the Blue Devils off balance, not knowing which angle the ball would come from.

The Bombers came away with two wins from the first two games of the new high school girls basketball season.


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