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Bloom earns 1,000 points as Bulldogs win two of three

With two wins in their last three games, the Carlton girls basketball team is building a streak entering the final weeks of the season. Last Thursday, the Bulldogs fell to Cherry 66-45 in a game they trailed by 15 points at halftime. "We played w...

With two wins in their last three games, the Carlton girls basketball team is building a streak entering the final weeks of the season.

Last Thursday, the Bulldogs fell to Cherry 66-45 in a game they trailed by 15 points at halftime.

"We played without leading scorer Amber Bloom, who is out with a sprained ankle," mentioned coach Dave Battaglia. "Other players were forced to score, but we had trouble with Cherry's size and played poorly defensively."

Mia Saunders led the Bulldogs with 13 points, Katie Bloom finished with 12 points, Natasha Godbout added eight, Sarah Aili and Hallie Raisanen had five and four points, respectively, and Danielle Peterson scored three.

Laura Griffiths led the Tigers with 19 points.

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  • On Friday, the Bulldogs traveled to Cook County and posted a 41-40 win in overtime. The win was even more impressive because the Bulldogs not only played without Amber Bloom, but without Sarah Aili as well.

"We lost Sarah on the opening tip when she got an elbow to the eye and had to leave the game," explained Battaglia. "Two free throws by Hallie Raisanen with 19 seconds to go in overtime provided the margin of victory. Our leading scorers were Saunders with 18 and Godbout with 12 points."

  • The Bulldogs added their second win of the week with a 49-37 victory over McGregor as Amber Bloom returned to the lineup to lead the team with 16 points.

"Amber became the third player in Carlton girls basketball history to score 1,000 points," stated Battaglia. "Amber needed 14 points and she scored 16 in the win."
Bloom joins former Bulldogs Callie Ketchum and Rachel Berthiaume as players who scored 1,000 points in their Carlton careers.

Raisanen and Katie Bloom each finished in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Saunders added four and it was three apiece for Godbout and Ashley Bauer and two for Rachel Gunderson.

"Without Amber for two games others had to pick up the scoring," Battaglia remarked. "This may help us as a team the rest of the season with the added scoring confidence."

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