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Girls Basketball: Focused BBE pounds Swanville for section title

Top-seeded Jaguars cruise back to state after a 94-35 win over the Bulldogs in 5A. The state quarterfinals are next.

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Swanville freshman Karley Loven, left, dribbles the ball while Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa senior Jackie Lindsay guards Thursday, March 25, 2021 during the Section 5A championship between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Swanville at Minnewaska Area High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

GLENWOOD — It was suggested to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa head coach Kristina Anderson that ‘Scared Straight’ might be a good term for how her girls basketball team played Thursday night.

“I really like that expression,” Anderson said. “I’ll take that one.”

BBE cruised to its second straight Section 5A championship, beating Swanville 94-35 at Minnewaska Area High School.

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Swanville fans cheer for their team Thursday, March 25, 2021 during the Section 5A girls basketball championship between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Swanville at Minnewaska Area High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

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BBE led 60-18 at halftime, doing all the things it does best, playing defense well to ignite its transition game. It had 23 steals, led by Abby Berge’s nine.

It was a far cry from their West sub-section championship game Tuesday, when it needed overtime to beat Pine River-Backus, 56-46.

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Swanville senior Rebekah Muhlenkamp, left, reaches for the ball along with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa sophomore Abby Berge and Swanville senior Kyle Karst Thursday, March 25, 2021 during the Section 5A championship between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Swanville at Minnewaska Area High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

“It wasn’t like we were over-looking Pine River or anything like that,” Anderson said. “They took some things away from us and played well.

“But it taught us to be ready to play.”

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Swanville sophomore Lauren Miller shoots the ball Thursday, March 25, 2021 during the Section 5A championship against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Minnewaska Area High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

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BBE heads to the state tournament for the second straight year after making the tournament for the first time in 2020. The Jaguars will learn who their opponent is after a coaches’ seeding meeting Saturday. The game is likely Tuesday at a site to be determined, depending upon who the opponent will be. It’ll likely be at a high school and tickets will be limited.

“We’ll take anything,” Anderson said.

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Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa sophomore Abby Berge, from left, guards with teammate sophomore Harley Roering as Swanville seventh grader Avery Douglas tries to pass the ball Thursday, March 25, 2021 during the Section 5A championship between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Swanville at Minnewaska Area High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

A win in the quarterfinals would enable BBE to advance to the state semifinals April 7 at Target Center in Minneapolis.

The Bulldogs were the East’s No. 3 seed and finish with a 12-10 record. BBE is the West No. 1 and is 21-1.

The Jaguars were led offensively by Berge, who had 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting. BBE shot 54% (37 of 68), including 60% (6 of 10) from 3-point range.

Allisa Knight added 10 points for the Jaguars, who had 14 players score.

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Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa fans cheer for their team Thursday, March 25, 2021 during the Section 5A girls basketball championship between Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Swanville at Minnewaska Area High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

Section 5A final
BBE 94,
Swanville 35

Swanville (12-10) 18 17 — 35
BBE (21-1) 60 34 — 94
SWANVILLE - Stats not available
BBE - Scoring: Karsee Kampsen 2, jackie Lindsay 8, Tiyana Schwinghammer 5, Anna Jaeger 2, Allie Dingmann 6, Kailey Fischer 8, Ella Halvorson 2, Liz French 8, Abby Berge 23, Josie Knutson 3, Harley Roering 9, Jozey Goodall 2, Allisa Knight 10, Karissa Jones 6 … 3-point shots: Lindsay 2-3, Schwinghammer 1-1, Fischer 2-3, Knutson 1-1 … Rebound leaders: Berge 9, Dingmann 6 … Assist leaders: Kampsen 2, Shelby Anderson 2, Berge 2, Knutson 2 … Steal leaders: Berge 9, Knutson 4 ... Block leaders: Knight 4, Dingmann 2

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Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Swanville compete Thursday, March 25, 2021 in the Section 5A championship at Minnewaska Area High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

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