By Dan Lingle
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Bombers end regular season with win


Dan Lingle

Bomber Britney Mike drives hard to the hoop and scores against the Proctor Rails February 20.

In the final week of regular season action, the Barnum Bombers girls basketball team played both the Proctor Rails and the North Woods Grizzlies.

The Bombers first hosted the Rails February 20. The Bombers found this game to be a battle as the Rails outran the Bombers 31-13 in the first half.

The Rails' speed was tough to overcome as they created turnover after turnover. Jordyn Marine again lead the Bombers with four first-half points, with Lea Peterson adding four points of her own. Mallory Agurkis hit an outside shot to add three points, while Kaitlyn Skutevik rounded out the first half scoring with two points to give the Bombers their 13 points.

The second half, the Bombers did not fare much better as the Rails again hit the Bombers with speed. Jordyn Marine shot well in the second half as she dropped in eight points from the lane. Liz Carlson and Britney Mike both added in five points. Agurkis and Kendal Miletich hit long shots to add three points each, and Makenzee Schleret went to the line to drop a pair of free throws to give the Bombers 26 second-half points.

The Bombers fell to the Rails 61-39.

The second game of the week had the Grizzlies traveling to Bombers territory to battle February 23. The Bombers started out much stronger on this game as they found the basket better.

Kaitlyn Skutevik started the night off for the bombers as she put up 11 first-half points. Mallory Agurkis found room to shoot and landed a pair of long balls plus drove the lane for eight first-half points. Lea Peterson found room to drive in from the wing to score four points, while Jordyn Marine dropped back a rebound and went to the line to drop a pair of free throws. Makenzee Schleret and Liz Carlson both found room beyond the arc to drop long balls for three points each, while Britney Mike drove the lane for two points. The Bombers went into halftime with a 37-29 lead.

The second half, the Bombers showed no sign of slowing down as they continued to pound the ball. Marine dominated the paint with 12 points and had an additional two points from the free throw line for 14 second-half points, giving her 18 points for the night. Agurkis found her range as she landed a trio of long balls for nine second-half points, giving her 17 points total. Carlson added in another long ball and a shot from the paint for five second-half points, giving her eight points for the night. Schleret also added in five second-half points for eight points total. Peterson added two more driving points for six points for the night. Kendal Miletich also added two more points, giving her a game total of four points. Kaitlyn Skutevik also drove the lane for an additional two points, giving her a game total of 13 points.

Britney Mike is better known for her defensive play, rather than offensive; she has a vertical jump that can block even the tallest of players and a tenacity and aggressive attack that can create havoc for the opposition. She ended the night with two points.

Kendal Miletich landed two more points from the 12 foot range, for foru points on the night. Danna Weets came off the bench late into the second half and landed a nice drive into the lane for two points for the night. Olivia Bogenholm also came off the bench in the later half of the second period to land her first varsity basket for two points.

The Bombers ran away from the Grizzlies 80-53.

The Bombers start Section 7AA post season play at Aitkin taking on the Gobblers Thursday, March 1.


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