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Bloomer discovering success with balanced method

BLOOMER — Earlier than the season even began, the Bloomer women basketball crew was dealt a troublesome blow.

The Blackhkawks misplaced main scorer Dani Latz to a torn ACL within the months main as much as the season. So the crew has spent the primary few months of the season discovering out who matches greatest the place and is beginning to discover extra success, profitable for the third time in 4 video games after a 50-33 nonconference win over Cameron on Monday.

Brooklynn Sarauer scored 17 factors to guide the Blackhawks (5-7) with 17 factors and was one in every of 4 gamers to attain at the very least seven factors within the win. Bloomer was already going to enter the season with a comparatively inexperienced roster. However dropping Latz’s 11.3 factors per recreation from an All-Western Cloverbelt honorable point out season as a sophomore was one other powerful blow.

As an alternative of 1 individual making an attempt to shoulder that scoring load, many gamers have taken on added accountability. Sarauer’s 17 factors had been a season excessive and she or he entered Monday’s recreation together with fellow juniors Katlyn Jones and CC Seibel averaging greater than seven factors per recreation to guide the crew.

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“I believe everybody has form of had their moments and I believe that is actually nice,” Bloomer coach Nikki Seibel mentioned of the balanced scoring. “There’s that confidence that they’ll step up and do various things on the courtroom. If one individual is off it isn’t like now we have to depend on one to do a number of the scoring. We have put some factors on the board. Now we simply must work on our protection and shutting some groups down.”

The Blackhawks by no means trailed in Monday’s win, leaping out to a 12-0 lead on the power of three 3-pointers mixed for Sarauer and Jones earlier than Addy Zwiefelhofer added a 3-point play. Zwiefelhofer is one in every of three freshmen seeing vital taking part in time of their first season of highschool basketball. Brooke Petska began for Bloomer and scored eight factors to go together with Zwiefelhofer’s seven factors and Nora Jensen added a pair of free throws off the bench.

“The older women have been nice about meshing in and we’re nonetheless figuring one another just a little bit and the way we play and what’s our strengths are,” coach Seibel mentioned of including the freshmen to the lineup. “It looks as if we’re getting just a little bit extra snug as we go.”

Sarauer credited the kids’ eagerness for his or her early success. Jensen entered Monday averaging greater than six factors per recreation whereas Petska and Zwiefelhofer are every scoring greater than 5 factors per contest.

“I believe it is simply their drive,” Sarauer mentioned. “They’re very pushed and so they give it 110 % on a regular basis, which pushes us extra and it helps us push them too.”

Jones scored 9 factors within the win.

With only one senior on the roster (Jessica LaGesse) and a big group of juniors—a lot of whom helped the Blackhawks volleyball crew advance to the Division 2 state event final fall—Bloomer was brief on varsity basketball expertise in the beginning of the season and misplaced 4 of its first 5 video games. However since a 52-45 win over Eau Claire Regis on Dec. 9, the Blackhawks have proven enchancment. The crew has performed aggressive in opposition to a number of the greatest groups within the Western Cloverbelt and even held a 5-point halftime lead at Osseo-Fairchild final week earlier than the Thunder rolled to a 63-42 win.

“What’s nice is these women can play with these higher-level groups and groups which can be being profitable this season,” coach Seibel mentioned.

Because the season has gone on, coach Seibel mentioned the main focus has modified from gaining expertise to studying to place collectively a full recreation. The Blackhawks did that Monday night time, holding the Comets (4-8) to 10 photographs from the sphere. Lauren Pearson scored 12 factors to guide Cameron.

One other objective for the Blackhawks is to develop a stronger inside-out recreation. Bloomer made all 4 of its 3-pointers throughout the first 9 minutes of the win however desires to pair that long-range capturing with powerful offense down low.

Bloomer continues a busy week at St. Croix Central on Tuesday earlier than internet hosting Fall Creek on Thursday. The Blackhawks have cut up their first eight Western Cloverbelt video games and sit in fifth place within the standings, one recreation behind Fall Creek and Osseo-Fairchild in third.

“We’re beginning to be taught to play collectively quite a bit higher and play as a crew extra,” Sarauer mentioned.


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