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Bloomer discovering success with balanced method

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

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

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

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

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“I feel everybody has form of had their moments and I feel that is actually nice,” Bloomer coach Nikki Seibel mentioned of the balanced scoring. “There’s that confidence that they will step up and do various things on the courtroom. If one individual is off it is not like we now 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 energy of three 3-pointers mixed for Sarauer and Jones earlier than Addy Zwiefelhofer added a 3-point play. Zwiefelhofer is considered one of three freshmen seeing important enjoying time of their first season of highschool basketball. Brooke Petska began for Bloomer and scored eight factors to go along 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 like we’re getting just a little bit extra comfy as we go.”

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

“I feel it is simply their drive,” Sarauer mentioned. “They’re very pushed and so they give it 110 p.c 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 staff advance to the Division 2 state match 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 staff 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 might 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 sport. The Blackhawks did that Monday evening, holding the Comets (4-8) to 10 pictures from the sector. Lauren Pearson scored 12 factors to steer Cameron.

One other objective for the Blackhawks is to develop a stronger inside-out sport. Bloomer made all 4 of its 3-pointers inside the first 9 minutes of the win however needs to pair that long-range capturing with robust 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 sport behind Fall Creek and Osseo-Fairchild in third.

“We’re beginning to be taught to play collectively so much higher and play as a staff extra,” Sarauer mentioned.

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