Mora, Braham Teams Suffer Painful Losses On Memorable Saturday
On Saturday, we carried two very well played high school championship games for you. Both were decided by one point, and both were heartbreaking losses for the teams we cover. In the first, the Braham girls lost to New Richland H-E-G 60-59 in the State Championship game at Target Center. In the second, the Mora boys lost a Section Championship to Esko 64-63 on a jawdropping last-second shot by the Eskomos. Braham was trying for it’s second State Championship in the past three years, Mora was trying to get to State for the first time under Head Coach Jamie Wright.
In the Braham game, the Bombers were held in check throughout the first half as Becca Dahlman was saddled with three fouls. Braham was down 12 at halftime. Dahlman erupted in the second half scoring 30 of her 32 points and she helped bring Braham back to take a brief lead. However, the player of the game was junior Carlie Wagner of NRHEG, she finished with 50 points and her free throw after Dahlman fouled out was just enough to get past Braham. The Bombers finished 32-1 on the season.
As if that wasn’t painful enough, the nightcap loss by Mora was even more chilling. The Mustangs held a three point lead with eight seconds left, and ended up losing by a single point in regulation. The Mustangs elected to foul Esko to keep them from getting off a potentially game tying three pointer. Then, Esko sank the first free throw, made it a two point game, intentionally missed the second free throw and unbelievably the ball bounced off of a Mora player and out of bounds with 1.1 seconds left. That’s when Esko freshman Jaxon Turner got off a catch-and-shoot three, which turned the the tables and sent Esko to State after a 10-year hiatus. Mora hasn’t been to State in boys basketball since 1958. Mora junior Sam Johnson scored a game-high 33 points.