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Successful debut

Big second half keys
comeback victory

BY Tom Fenton

It did not take long for Brooklyn Harren to earn her first career victory as a head coach.

One game, to be exact.

“The atmosphere in the gym was electric,” said Harren, a 2017 Sauk Rapids-Rice High School graduate. “The support from the fans undoubtedly kept the girls energy up. We got our first-game nerves out of the way in the first half, and the girls came out ready to play in the second half.”

After a sloppy first half, the Storm cleaned things up to rally for a 57-47 nonconference win over North Branch Nov. 28 at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School gymnasium in Sauk Rapids.

SRR played with jitters often associated with a season opener, struggling to maintain control of the ball along with making shots in falling behind 30-20 by halftime.

A more determined defense appeared in the second half while junior post Lauren Schloe took control of the boards, keying her team’s 37-17 advantage in the final 18 minutes.

Senior Courtney Paulsen did not waste time establishing her role as team leader. Paulsen led the Storm in scoring last year and finished with a team-best 15 points, including 10 of 12 from the free-throw line, while adding nine rebounds. Olivia Mohs hit three 3-pointers to finish with nine points and also had eight rebounds.

“We stayed united as a team and were determined to change the outcome of the game in the second half,” Harren said. “That was the mindset we needed to win.”

The Storm traveled to Willmar for their Central Lakes Conference opener Nov. 30 and played host to Zimmerman Dec. 1, which starts a six-game homestand.

Alexandria, which defeated SRR in last year’s Section 8AAA championship at St. John’s University, visits for a Tuesday, Dec. 5 game. The Storm will host the St. Cloud Crush Friday, Dec. 8.

NB 30   17-47
SRR 20   37-57

SRR: Paulsen 15 (9R), Mohs 9 (8R), Ella Jevne 8, Schloe 6 (17R), Petermeier 5 (5R, 3 A), Josalynn Morford 4 (4A), Megan Anderson 3, Alison Schreifels 3, Alexis Swanson 3 and Emily Berg 1.