Section 8AAA Girls Basketball: First-round pairing unkind to Little Falls

Competing in perhaps the toughest section in Class AAA, eighth-seeded Little Falls drew top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Fergus Falls in the Section 8AAA quarterfinals, Tuesday, falling 70-22.

Sophomore Mikayla Burns recorded eight points and eight rebounds and senior Brooke Finch scored six points to lead the visiting Flyers against the ferocious attack of the Otters, who opened the game on a 35-0 run.

Fergus Falls was led by its star trio of seniors Brianna Rasmusson, Bailey Strand and Anna Monke, which accounted for 44 points.

“Fergus Falls is arguably one of the best teams in the state, in a section that is one of the best in the state,” Little Falls head coach Trent Grams said. “Fergus has three really good players in Rasmusson, Strand and Monke. They only go about six deep, but their other players fill their roles really well.

“Rasmusson is a very tough match-up because of her height,” he said. “She can see over any defender that guards her and she can hit the three. Monke is a very high energy player that plays really well defensively.  Strand has over 2,000 points in her career, many of which have come behind the three-point line.”

The Flyers finished the season with a record of 4-23, with seven of those losses decided by single digits.

“We had a tough season in the loss department and played many teams very competitively in the first half,” Grams said. “Our team chemistry never really developed at all due to numerous injuries to starters throughout the season.

“We have a big summer ahead as we need to become stronger and more skilled,” he said. “Our results next season will be a reflection of how hard we work this offseason.”

Seniors on this year’s team were Laura Moe, Briana Anderson and Finch.


Becker tops Flyers in regular season finale

Becker topped visiting Little Falls 59-26 to wrap up the regular season, Feb. 27.

Sophomore Melanie Dorn scored eight points, sophomore Sarah Gold put in five and sophomores Jordan Schuett and Burns each added four for Little Falls.

Dorn also came up with four steals and three assists.

Sophomore Laura Fregin hauled in a team-high six rebounds.

The Flyers opened the game on a 7-0 run before Becker stormed back to take control.