GBB Out & About: Cambridge-Isanti v Brainerd 12.5.2019


Two different scoring philosophies were on display in Cambridge Thursday night as the host Bluejackets defeated Brainerd in a battle between sections 7 and 8 in AAAA. CI looked for post ups or scored in transitions off turnovers. CI was 6/6 in transition lay ups, while Brainerd failed to score in their only attempt. CI was 18/26 inside; Brainerd was only 3/8. Perhaps it was the zone defense as a cause for the lack of interior game. Brainerd relied heavily on the 3 point shot. Examining the shot percentages inside CI racked up an impressive 66.7 percent to the 29.4 for the Warriors. That offset the miniscule 9 percent behind the arc for CI compared to the more robust 36.4 for Brainerd. Both teams were sluggish in the first half with the hosts holding a 17-15 lead thanks to a put back by Jana Swanson. The 6-0 Bemidji State recruit had 16 points on 8/11 shooting. Brainerd only made five 2 point field goals all night.

After Brainerd cut the deficit to 27-26 on a 3 by Autumn Miles,  CI scored the next 10 points holding the road Warriors scoreless for eight possessions and four and a half minutes. With 25.8 seconds left Brainerd got the margin to 44-40 after a 3 by Myah Nelson, the eighth and final 3 of the night for Brainerd. CI responded on their last two possessions with four free throws by Jackie Olander.

CI is now  2-1 ; Brainerd is 1-2.


POINTS 48 41
REBOUNDS/OFF 28/8 22/5
2FGA/% 30/66.67 17/29.41
3FGA/% 11/9.09 22/36.36
FTA/% 11/45.45 11/63.63
PP100 84.2 71.9
TOP SCORER Jackie Olander 19 Erika Lane 14

TRENCH PLAYER: Jackie Olander (2020) 19 points, 111.8 pp100, and one off the 31 Club with 30.

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