Girls Section 7 Class 2A Champions: Braham Bombers Head Back To State (Audio Replay, Interviews)
On Thursday night, the Braham Bombers girls basketball team won a thrilling Section Championship game against the Esko Eskomos in double overtime. The Bombers’ hopes of defending themselves as State Champions remains alive, although at times in this game, that dream seemed in doubt. Braham won 68-58, but that only tells a very small portion of the story.
The game was full of all the twists and turns one could ever imagine, and afterwards, the team seemed more relieved than overjoyed. However, true champions come through in the clutch, and no shot on this night was bigger than Rebekah Dahlman’s three pointer with 13 seconds left in the first overtime. It came from about five feet beyond the arc, and at the most important time: Esko had Braham on the ropes and was ahead by three with time running out on the Bombers season. On that same shot, Dahlman also broke the single-season record for most points scored by a girl in Minnesota State High School League history.
Dahlman, who has also been named the female Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Minnesota, finished the night with 37 points. Senior Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow hit three huge 3-pointers herself after halftime and was relieved when she spoke to us afterwards. KSG had 14 points in the ballgame.
Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow with Jesse Logan and Nathan Stoa:
Coach Tim Malone noted that several of his younger role players seemed very nervous down the stretch in such a big game. While that was true, his two posts Amanda Sybrant and Dani Braund both played solidly against the 6’8″ Savanna Trapp repeatedly bodying her in the post and pushing Trapp off of her spots.
Coach Malone with Jesse Logan and Nathan Stoa:
Esko junior Marisa Shady played what was seemingly the game of her life with 23 points, but late in the ballgame Malone made a key switch and put Dahlman on Shady to slow the guard down.
While everything didn’t work perfectly on this night, the end result was the one Bombers fans were hoping for: a fourth straight Section Championship and a return trip to the State Tournament.
Due to technical difficulties during the broadcast, we had to switch from our original frequency to broadcasting the game on SAM 1057. Here is the second half replay along with both overtimes: