The Becker girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, defeating North Branch and losing to Albany. Senior Lexi Rose led the team in both games and picked up a new school scoring record in the loss to the Huskies.
Last Friday, Becker outlasted the North Branch Vikings, 51-43, with Rose scoring 26 points.
“We played great defense in the second half to secure the win,”Coach Dan Baird said. “Lexi went to the high post of their zone and was a real difference maker.”
Becker led by just one point at halftime, 22-21, before Rose found the soft spot in the defense to lead the attack in the second half.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a huge advantage at the free throw line, where they hit 14 of 23 attempts, while the Vikings connected on just three of their nine trips to the line.
Becker scoring: Adele Changamire five, Lauren Croal two, Madi Bass nine, Rose 26, Andie Changamire five, Avery Johnson two, Tess Brown four (12 rebounds).
Saturday, Becker played Albany in the Breakdown Sports’ Winter Lakes Classic and fell to a veteran Huskies team, 65-81.
“Against Albany, we played a competitive game against a really good team,” Baird said. “Albany has two All-State players in Alyssa Sand and Kylan Gerads. We actually did a nice job containing them, but the role players from Albany were fantastic as well.”
Rose and the Bulldogs put up a valiant effort, with the Bulldogs trailing by just six points at halftime. Albany owned the inside of the lane, as they outscored the Bulldogs 48 to 24 in points scored in the paint.
Rose was on fire for Becker, as she scored 41 points to break the school’s single game scoring record of 39 previously held by Dani Nuest.
Despite the loss, Baird had praise for Rose’s record, as well as the effort showed by his team.
“Albany only committed seven turnovers and out-rebounded us by 11 - those were telling stats,” Baird said. “In both games, we were really proud of the way our girls competed.”
Becker scoring: Adele Changamire two, Bass eight, Rose 41 (five assists), Andie Changamire nine, Brown five.