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BBE tops Benson in girls' title game

<b>Rand Middleton</b> Benson's Abby Fragodt, left, looks to pass under her own basket as Julie Hieserich, center, and Heidi Lensing of BBE close in during the first half of the championship game Saturday of the Benson Braves Firbrominn Invitational.

BENSON -- Heidi Lensing and Emily Roelike combined for 38 points to lead Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa to a 54-50 win over the host team at the Benson Braves Fibrominn Invitational on Saturday night.

The Jaguars had the game well in hand holding a 10-point lead with three minutes left. But when BBE tried to slow things down in the half-court, the Braves were quick to provoke turnovers.

The Braves cut the BBE lead to three points with 26 seconds left in the game and had possession of the ball, but a three-point attempt with eight seconds remaining bounced off the rim.

Lensing finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jaguars. Roelike got the majority of her baskets on fast breaks, plus a pair of three-pointers to finish with 18.

Sophomore guard Julie Hieserich provided six points and seven steals.

For Benson, which led 34-21 at half, the scoring was balanced: Sarah Ahrndt 10 points, Jenny Bouta nine (10 rebounds), Abby Fragodt eight (10 rebounds, seven assists) and Breanna Lohn seven.

BBE 54, Benson 50

BBE 21 33 -- 54

Benson 24 26 -- 50

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - 18-48 FG (2-9 3-pt); 16-24 FT; 43 rebounds; 14 fouls ... Scoring: Julie Hieserich 6, Heidi Lensing 20, Emily Roelike 18, Maggie Gruber 6, Shannon Gruber 2, Reann Sorenson 1, Lauren Anderson 1 ... 3-point shots: Roelike 2 ... Rebound leaders: Lensing 10 ... Assist leaders: Hieserich 2 ... Steal leaders: Hieserich 7

BENSON - 21-65 FG (4-22 3-pt); 4-10 FT; 39 rebounds; 21 fouls ... Scoring: Kayla Hampton 4, Breanna Lohn 7, Emily Auch 2, Julie Ahrndt 5, Jenny Bouta 9, Sarah Ahrndt 10, Abby Fragodt 8, Mallory Jensen 5 ... 3-point shots: S. Ahrndt 2, J. Ahrndt 1, Lohn 1 ... Rebound leaders: Bouta 10, Fragodt 10 ... Assist leaders: Fragodt 7, J. Ahrndt 4... Steal leaders: Bouta 2, Fragodt 2, Lohn 2, Jensen 2, Hampton 2