GRAND RAPIDS - Ashley Runge poured in 26 points to lead the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks past the Brainerd Warriors 49-45 in non-conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
"Runge got out and got some breakaway baskets on us and took it to the basket a few times," Warriors coach Carl Hendrickson said. "Along with that she hit a couple threes and was 8-for-8 at the free throw line. That was big, especially down the stretch when we had to foul a little bit."
Emily Thesing had 10 points, Tess Rahto nine and Karlye Barron eight for Brainerd. Megan Bates added six points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
"We really had a lot of good looks at the basket," Hendrickson said. "We just couldn't get someone to knock the ball in the hoop consistently for us. That really hurt us."
Brainerd 21 24 - 45
Grand Rapids 24 25 - 49
Steph Neugebauer 2, Kayla Huether 6, Megan Bates 6, Tess Rahto 9, Emily Thesing 10, Karlye Barron 8, KB Capers 4. FG 21-53, FT 1-6, 3-point baskets: Thesing 2. Rebounds: 34 (Bates 10). Overall: 15-6. Next: host Sartell 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Brynn Joki 5, Meredith Rothstein 5, Ashley Runge 26, Jenna Gillson 2, Kelly Niles 2, Stephanie Cramer 5, Jessica Cagel 4. FG 15-37, FT 16-21, 3-point baskets: Runge 2, Cramer. Rebounds: 16.
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