Girls basketball: Braham Bombs BOLD out of state tourney
MINNEAPOLIS — So that’s why they call them the Bombers.
Rebekah Dahlman and her Braham teammates leveled BOLD 79-42 in the Class AA quarterfinals Wednesday evening at the Target Center.
Dahlman, a 5-foot-9 senior guard headed to Division I Vanderbilt in Nashville next fall, looked more like a fighter jet than a B-52 on her way to scoring 40 points.
Late in the game, she broke free and took a long lead pass from Jaclyn Hollenkamp for an easy lay-in. Those were points 5,000 and 5,001 of her six-year varsity career.
The Bomber fans and bench erupted in cheers and applause and an announcement followed soon after.
“It wasn’t on my mind at all,” she said of the milestone. “I just wanted the ‘W’.”
Only Anders Broman has more points in Minnesota prep history. The Duluth Lakeview Christian senior reached 5,000 points on Friday in a 49-point performance.
The Warriors started out cold and their shooting really never warmed up on the Timberwolves’ floorboards. The underdogs shot 29 percent to 48 percent by the undefeated Bombers, now 31-0 going into the semifinals against defending champion Providence Academy on Friday.
“We didn’t put the ball in the hoop and they did; we missed a lot of layups early,” said BOLD head coach Brian Kingery. “Dahlman has moves and skills most girls don’t have and they run the court so well. She’s a nice player.”
Making its sixth straight appearance, Braham was right at home in the State spotlight. The Bombers zipped to a 14-3 lead with 11:17 on the clock.
But BOLD fought back. Baskets by Mallarie Steffel and Andrea Maher closed the gap to 27-18. Carly Sigurdson hit a 3-pointer with :47 left to make it 27-21 before a Bomber basket put the halftime score at 29-21.
Out of the locker room, Baylie Kubesh sank a mid-range jumper to get within 6 again. A Taylor Ebnet layup at 13:54 had BOLD within 7 of the lead at 37-30.
But in a blink, the Bombers flew away from the Section 3AA champs. A reverse layup by Dahlman put the score at 52-32 forcing a BOLD timeout.
By no means is Dahlman a one-player show. Help came from Hollenkamp with 13 rebounds and Kayla Nickles with 11 points and 6 rebounds.
BOLD is a good rebounding team but the boarding edge went to Braham 47-37.
Dahlman was gracious. “We didn’t know much about BOLD but they are a good team and well-coached,” she said.
The BOLD communities turned out in force for the game, the first state trip in basketball since 1981.
The BOLD girls may take solace in that they are the first basketball team from the nearly quarter-century-old consolidation to attain the State platform. The Bird Island-Lake Lillian boys won back-to-back titles in 1980 and ’81 when there were just two classes. And you may recall, Olivia reached the Show in … 1919.
“I’m proud of this team,” said Kingery, who guided them to a 26-3 record and the program’s first sub-section and section titles, plus a conference championship. “The girls put us here. We lose two seniors [Maggie Nagel and Ebnet] but both are going on to play in college.”
Sigurdson finished with 16 points followed by Ebnet and Kubesh with 7 each. Nagel supplied 6 points and 8 rebounds.