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Otters head off Warriors: Strand scores 2,000th in romp

Published 10:55am Friday, February 21, 2014

Just when you thought they couldn’t do any more, the Fergus Falls girls basketball team keeps impressing.

On Thursday night, Otter guard Bailey Strand passed the 2,000 point mark in her career. Strand put in 26 points to surpass the milestone and lead the Otters to a decisive 76-34 victory over the visiting Brainerd Warriors.

Strand scored 1,072 of her points as an Otter, moving to Fergus Falls with her father and head coach, Brad Strand, for her junior year.

“A coach I respect told me it’s sometimes difficult coaching your own daughter, but you have to step back once in a while and just be a dad and enjoy the journey,” head coach Brad Strand said after the game. “This is one of those moments when I would like to step back as a dad and say how proud I am of my daughter for reaching this basketball milestone. Bailey has put in hundreds and hundreds of hours in the gym, early mornings to late nights, to be the best she can be and I’m even more proud of her work and determination than the statistical number.”

Fellow senior Brianna Rasmusson also had a milestone night. With 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Rasmusson not only recorded a triple-double, but also tied her own single season assist record of 211 set last year. With three games left on the schedule, Rasmusson is sure to set the bar even higher by the end of the year.

Kristin Traiser also hit double digits in scoring with 13 points. She also had six boards.

Anna Monke and Kathryn Sawtell each put in eight points. Monke pulled down seven boards and Sawtell had six rebounds.

“Putting my coaching hat back on, I must say I’m so proud of this team and this group of girls also,” Brad Strand added. “Bailey and I know these scoring milestones can’t be reached without great teammates around you, and we have a dedicated team of girls always striving to be their best and do their best on the court. Brianna’s assist records are a big reason we have teammates reaching scoring milestones and it catches on to all our players, as we had 24 assisted baskets as a team tonight. It was nice to get all of our players in the game also.”

In the JV game, the Otters just got by the Warriors in a 31-29 victory. Claire Kotschevar led with eight points.

In the ninth grade game, Fergus Falls took a 32-27 victory. Marie Preston and Rena Nelson each had eight points.

Fergus Falls is now 23-0 on the year. The Otters are back in action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against rival Moorhead.

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