Breckenridge took everything Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Minnesota, threw at them and kept themselves within striking distance on the Rebels’ home floor. Once the DGF lead was down to a bucket, the hosts came up with eight points in a row to key their 63-58 win on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
“I told the girls in the locker room, ‘Whenever you give me an effort like that and lay it all out on the line 100 percent, that’s all I can ask for,’” Breckenridge coach Austin Imdieke said.
The Heart O’ Lakes battle began with an early Rebel run, but the Cowgirls showed they were ready to go with a 9-0 run. Carly Vizenor had an old school 3-point play, which was followed by a triple from Riley Lorenz and another from Chase Yaggie.
A flurry of points right before halftime gave the team in black the 34-28 advantage heading into the locker room. Their full-court trap was giving BHS trouble in the early goings.
“Hand it to DGF, that’s an aggressive trap. They’re coached well,” Imdieke said.
The phsyical full-court play led to both teams hitting the double bonus in the first and second halves. Breck was winning the battle at the line, but their turnovers continued to slow them down the rest of the game.
“We had 25 (turnovers). We’ve got to cut that down,” Imdieke said. “We’ve done a pretty good job of taking care of the ball the last couple of games, but we’ve just got to hit the practice court tomorrow and get better.”
Trailing by nine mid-way through the half, a pair of 3-pointers from Ashtyn Kaehler cut it to a one-possession game. The first of the back-to-back hits was from the left corner and the next massive shot was from the right wing in transition.
“(Kaehler’s) been doing that the last couple weeks or the last couple months. That’s what a senior guard needs to do,” Imdieke said.
Jude Held pulled down her own rebound and laid it in to get the lead down to a pair of points and that’s when DGF exploded for their run. Even after the lead inflated, Breck still kept it interesting.
“I think that’s one of the best things about this team: They’re not ever going to give up. Big shots, big moments, it doesn’t bother them,” Imdieke said. “I’m super proud of the girls’ effort. They hustled their butts off even when we got down by 11 points in the second half. They’re confident and they should be.”
The Rebels didn’t do themselves any favors in the final minutes, missing six straight from the stripe to finish the game.
“They gave us a chance to stick in it,” Imdieke said. “Not one of them (the Cowgirls) gave up. All 14 of the girls were prepared to win and that’s going to matter when we get into crunch time.”
Breckenridge (7-4) is back home for a 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 conference game against Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
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