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Otters ground Eagles with a 80-19 victory

Published 9:59am Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ST. CLOUD — Starting the year with the No. 1 ranking in Class AAA, teams across the state knew the Fergus Falls girls basketball team was good. Now five games into the season, the Otters are proving just how good they really are.

Dominating Central Lakes Conference foe St. Cloud Apollo, the Otters rolled to an easy 80-19 victory in St. Cloud on Tuesday night.

Defense was key once again for the Otters, who opened the game holding the Eagles to just seven points in the first half. The Otters also caused 21 turnovers in the opening half and would end the game with 35.

On Offense, the Otters couldn’t miss. Fergus Falls scored 52 points in the first half, creating a 45-point lead by the time the two teams headed into the locker room.

“Once again our half-court defense performed the way we draw it up in practice, and they created a lot of havoc for the Eagles tonight,” Otter coach Brad Strand said after the game. “Some games you win with just a tough defense, but tonight we put together a very nice offensive game also.”

The second half was more of the same for both teams. The Eagles struggled on the offensive side of the ball, only putting in 12 points.

With seniors Anna Monke and Bailey Stand hitting shots and Brianna Rasmussen distributing the ball, the Otters hit cruise control in the final minutes of the game.

“Anna was hitting all their shots from underneath and from outside and Bailey went to the basket and finished well tonight to lead our offensive output,” Strand said. “I love it when we have a high total of assisted baskets, it means we are finding the right person on the floor for the shot and tonight we were making those shots. Brianna did her usual great job finding the open player and making a timely pass for a high number of assisted baskets.”

Monke led the Otters with 23 points. She also pulled down a team leading six boards.

Bailey Strand followed up with 22 points. Strand led the stifling defense with seven steals, passed off five assists and had five boards.

Kristin Traiser was the third Otter to hit double digits in scoring, dropping 10.

Brianna Rasmusson hit double digits in assists with 12. Devonie Smith had five steals.

The Otters are 5-0 and travel to face CLC foe Rocori at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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