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Girls basketball roundup: MACCRAY Wolverines check a couple of important boxes against BOLD Warriors

Jan. 2—CLARA CITY — MACCRAY finished Tuesday night with a milestone and a major win against a state playoff team from last season.

Down by nine points with seven minutes to go, the Wolverines tied it with five minutes to play. Then with 10 seconds left, an Annie Bourne jumper and a corresponding defensive stop lifted MACCRAY to a 54-51 girls basketball win over BOLD.

"We played with energy (and) we played with toughness," said Wolverines head coach Shaun Condon. "We did the little things that win you basketball games. We can play with anybody; it's just a matter of controlling what you can control."

The Wolverines' win ended the Warriors' six-game winning streak. Both teams are now 7-4 overall.

"It was fun to see us battle and battle and battle," Condon said. "We didn't hang our heads; we kept battling."

MACCRAY sophomore forward Brielle Janssen netted her 1,000th career point after hitting a left-handed layup with 5:34 left in the first half. With signs being held up throughout the gym and a "1,000" balloon up in the MACCRAY student section, Janssen ran into the stands to hug her parents Steffanie and Cory.

It was the highlight of a tough scoring night for Janssen, who finished with 15 points. But she adapted her game and led the team with 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals.

"That's what she does; she impacts the game in so, so many ways other than scoring," Condon said of Janssen. "She's just so good on both sides of the floor compared to last year. It's fun to see; she's developing, she's learning and she's figuring out how good she is."

With the attention on Janssen, that opened the way for a strong shooting night from Bourne. She made six 3-pointers for a MACCRAY-best 22 points.

"She was struggling at the beginning of the year, so it was fun to see her find her shot," Condon said.

Lainey Braulick paced BOLD with 19 points. Layla Pfarr had nine of her 11 points in the first half, all on 3-pointers. Kenzie Visser hauled in 10 rebounds and had five blocks to go with four points.

The Warriors led 27-24 at the break. MACCRAY made it a one-possession game after Callie Jaenisch scored a layup with a second left in the first half.

MACCRAY plays Yellow Medicine East at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Granite Falls. BOLD goes to Sauk Centre at 6 p.m. Friday.

Junior guard Lilyana Eisenlohr scored 22 points and had five rebounds and four steals in Montevideo's victory at Dawson.

Junior point guard Teagan Epema added 12 points, five rebounds and five steals for the Thunder Hawks.

For the Blackjacks, Hayley Anderson, a 6-foot senior forward, had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Dawson-Boyd goes to Tracy to play Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Thunder Hawks play host to Melrose at 7 p.m. Thursday at Montevideo.

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City improved to 6-2 with the overtime victory at Paynesville.

Ruby Klinger had 15 points, Grace Kaehler added 14 and Kenzie Powers had 11 for the Falcons.

Rayna Spanier scored 23 points and Emma Flanders added 14 for the Bulldogs.

ACGC plays host to Holdingford at 7 p.m. Friday at Grove City. Paynesville goes to Royalton at 7 p.m. Friday.

Holdingford improved its record to 8-2 with the victory over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade.

Brooklyn Fischer led BBE with 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Kacey Fischer had eight points and seven rebounds for the Jaguars.

BBE plays Eden Valley-Watkins at 7 p.m. Friday at Eden Valley.