Barnum will return to state
After a one-year break from the state tournament, the Barnum girls basketball team is headed back this season. Barnum struggled to get back East Central in the semifinals last Thursday and then on Saturday they steamrolled over Sebeka to get back...
After a one-year break from the state tournament, the Barnum girls basketball team is headed back this season. Barnum struggled to get back East Central in the semifinals last Thursday and then on Saturday they steamrolled over Sebeka to get back to the state tourney.
In their semifinal 56-45 win over East Central, the Bombers took a 31-26 halftime lead, but then ran into major problems early in the second half.
"Within just a couple of minutes into the second half we had Katrina Newman and Megan Myhre on the bench with four fouls each," said Randy Myhre, coach of the Bombers. "With just about the entire second half in front of us, and clinging to a five-point lead, we needed to rely on other teammates to respond and not only score points, but take care of business on the defensive end."
Myhre got his wish as Jaimee Wickstrom appeared to don a red cape with an "S" on it and did her best Supergirl impression by coming out and hitting four straight in the second half to keep the Bombers up on the scoreboard, allowing her two teammates to bide their time on the bench.
"[Wickstrom] was outstanding and not only scored, but she did an outstanding job on the boards and on the defensive end of the floor," Myhre recalled. "We also got great play from Sarah Myhre and Jessica Newman who took over for Megan and Katrina. Darian Bushey and Leah Nordvall were also part of the group who did a great job defensively."
Wickstrom led the Bombers with 16 points, Katrina Newman added 14, it was 11 for Megan Myhre, Nordvall scored seven, Jessica Newman chipped in with six points and Bushey scored two. For the game, Wickstrom made five shots from beyond the three-point arc.
East Central was led in the scoring column by Katelyn Thomsen with 12 points and Leah Tvedt with 11 points.
"The entire team stepped it up big time when they had to," remarked Myhre. "This was truly an example of how good our team is."
- Barnum secured their state tournament berth with a 61-36 trouncing of Sebeka in Brainerd on Saturday as Megan Myhre hit for 29 points and Katrina Newman dropped in 12. The Bombers stormed out early on Sebeka and took a 32-12 halftime lead.
"Our kids came out and really played well on both ends of the floor," mentioned Myhre. "They played with a sense of urgency knowing that the game to the state tournament was on the line. We really shut their offense down."
Despite the early lead, the Bombers had problems hitting three-pointers in the first half, but Megan Myhre picked up the slack.
"We struggled a bit from beyond the arc in the first half, but our perimeter players did an outstanding job of entering the ball into the post and Megan had a great game," explained Myhre. "Katrina set the tempo of the game offensively and kept the tempo in our favor the entire game."
Wickstrom was solid again with 10 points for Barnum, Nordvall and Jessica Newman both finished with three points, while Bushey and Jenna Zmyslony both added a pair of points.
"Darian Bushey, Wickstrom and Jessica Newman all had great games for us on the perimeter," Myhre said. "Sarah Myhre also played well inside and on the arc. It just was a great team effort."
The win improved the Bomber record to 28-2 on the season. Barnum is also ranked No. 4 in the state and they will play Lake of the Woods at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Williams Arena.