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Bombers Fall Short in State Title to Minnehaha, 64-46

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

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The Braham Bombers left the Target Center floor, Saturday, proud of their season, but not satisfied with its outcome.

Braham fell 64-46 to the Minnehaha Redhawks in the state title game. With the game tied at 12-12, the Redhawks then ran off a 21-3 run midway through the first half.  They never looked back.

“I think we are happy, I don’t necessarily think we are satisfied,” said coach Tim Malone.  “I think we lost to the better team tonight.”

009Braham made a run in the second half, trimming the deficit to 13, but the Redhawks defense and interior offense was too much to handle.  Minnehaha outscored Braham 30-6 in the paint and had 16 more second chance points.

“We’ve played better defense in the past than we did tonight,” said Malone.

Katelyn Adams led the Redhawks with 21-points and 15-rebounds.

Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow scored 19 to lead the bombers.

This was the Braham Lady Bombers first state title game in school history.  All but one of the Bombers will return next season.  Maria Shockman’s career came to an end.  Braham’s lone senior played 10 minutes scored a point and grabbing three rebounnds.

“Very proud of her,” said Malone of Shockman.  “She is a good athlete and she was everything we needed.”

004The good news for Braham is they will return their entire starting five and three of their bench players who saw minutes, Saturday.  Coach Malone believes his team has a great foundation.

“Last summer we practiced Tuesday’s and Thursday’s all of June and July and then lots of games, they will do the same thing this summer, I know they will,” said Malone.  “That’s what it takes to get here.”

The Braham community will hold a coming home celebration for the team on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Coach Malone says it will be a moment to reflect on an outstanding season.

“I think for awhile we can just look back and soak in all that happened to us along the way,” he said.  ” We are exhausted right now, but we will take some time to enjoy what we’ve done, then get right back after it again.”

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