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High School Girls: Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks will be young, hungry

D-B hopes to improve on a 1-23 2019-20 season

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Dawson-Boyd guard Chelsie Husby plays defense above the three-point line during a Dec. 10, 2019 contest against Central Minnesota Christian from Central Minnesota Christian School. Patrick Bernadeau/West Central Tribune
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DAWSON — The Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks have some work to do.

They’ve lost two key starters and are coming off a 1-23 season.

The Blackjacks shot 30% from the field and 47% from the free-throw line. They averaged 36.6 points per game and allowed 68.4. Their high-water mark was a 58-41 victory over Ortonville on Feb. 8, 2020. That broke a 21-game losing streak that dated back to the 2018-19 season.

They seek to better the overall record and stats heading into 2021.

“We have another young team with many new faces out for basketball,” said Justin Wager, who had a 30-90 record in six seasons as head coach. “We look forward to improving throughout the season.”

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The Blackjacks return three starters who will be expected to right the ship: Chelsie Husby (5-7, so, G), Rachael Lund (5-8, sr, G) and Alexis Breitenstein (5-6, sr., F). They’ll have to compensate for the loss of seniors Avery Bartunek and Amelia Olson.

Both are tough to replace.

Avery Bartunek averaged 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Olson was good for 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

They’ll start with the trio of Huby, Lund and Breitenstein with contributions from Laney Bartunek (5-11, jr., F).had 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Husby averaged 2.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Lund averaged 3.0 points and 1.6 rebounds. Breitenstein Laney Bartunek accounted for 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Dawson-Boyd’s schedule remains difficult. In the Camden Conference, state power Minneota (30-1 last season) will be tough, as will Lakeview (20-8) and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (15-11) in the South Division. Central Minnesota Christian (20-7) led the North Division and Lac qui Parle Valley (16-10) and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (14-13) had winning seasons.

The Blackjacks hope to move up in the standings after finishing sixth in the North.

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