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Girls Basketball: Willmar outlasts Brainerd 55-47

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WILLMAR — Gretchen Kletscher scored 13 points and Kayla Kraemer added 10 as the Brainerd Warriors played one of their best games of the season in losing to the Willmar Cardinals 55-47 in Central Lakes Conference action Tuesday night.

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Brainerd limited the Cardinals to five baskets in the second half but Willmar made 18 of 27 free throws to keep the Warriors winless.

“It’s disappointing to lose but it’s the most consistent we’ve played from start to finish this year,” Warriors coach Brian McAllister said. “Usually we play half of a game. This was the first time we’ve played a full game, and we only had 14 turnovers.

“It’s a long road trip, and playing at Willmar usually is a tough place to play. What’s hurting us is we’re committing too many fouls. Teams are making more free throws than we’re even attempting. We have to clean that up.

“We played hard, we were consistent. We took care of the ball. We had some great looks out of our offense but didn’t convert. We can build on this one. We did a lot of things right.”

Willmar 23 32 — 55

Brainerd 19 28 — 47

WILLMAR

Lindsey Atchison 5, Addy Nelsen 11, Heather Horning 2, Anne Dunham 10, Kalley Fosso 8, Megan Skalla 12, Laura Swartz 5. FG 15-43. FT 24-35. 3-point: 3-11.

BRAINERD

Erica Trafas 2, Maria West 7, Taylor Johnshoy 9, Kayla Kraemer 10, Gretchen Kletscher 13, Chloe Miller 4, Tedi Ramberg 2. FG 19-53. FT 9-11. 3-point baskets: 0-9. Conference: 0-3. Overall: 0-5. Next: at Moorhead 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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