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Girls finish first Great team defense paved the way for Superior's fifth-grade girls traveling basketball team to go 4-0 last weekend and win a Great Northwest League basketball tournament in Siren. Superior started play with a win against Poplar...

Girls finish first

Great team defense paved the way for Superior's fifth-grade girls traveling basketball team to go 4-0 last weekend and win a Great Northwest League basketball tournament in Siren.

Superior started play with a win against Poplar. Jessica Lindstrom and Shannon Johnstad led Superior with 19 and 12 points, respectively. Taylor Nelson had eight points, Ari Jago had six points, Emily Hansen had four points and Rachal Fregin added a basket to round out the scoring. Whitney Smith had a couple a nice steals and played an all-around good game.

Game two was against Chisago Lakes and in a physical game Superior prevailed 29-12. Lindstrom had 15 points and Hansen had eight to lead the way. Nelson had four points and Jago had a bucket to account for Superior's scoring total.

Up next was Cambridge-Isanti and a high scoring third quarter led to a 25-21 victory. Lindstrom had 21 points and Jago and Nelson both added baskets for Superior.

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The championship game pitted Superior against Rice Lake-St. Joseph, and in a defensive tussle Superior won 22-15. Lindstrom had eight points, Hansen had six points and Nelson added four points, with key baskets being scored by Jago and Johnstad.

Superior (10-2) is back in action Saturday, Jan. 20 in Sandstone, Minn.

Superior takes second

The Superior sixth-grade boys basketball team finished second in a tournament in Grantsburg last weekend.

After defeating Stillwater White 42-27, Grantsburg 51-34 and Chisago 46-27, Superior lost in the championship game to White Bear Lake Orange 36-33.

Against Stillwater White, Superior's Wade Almer worked hard at getting rebounds, and Raheem Vann got to the free-throw line several times to help strengthen the win.

Ben Erickson's 20 points led Superior past Grantsburg for a match-up with Chisago in the semifinals.

Erick Tunell scored 23 points and Grant Rindell scored six to lead Superior into the championship game.

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In the title game against White Bear Lake Orange, which finished third at the League Championship Tournament in early December, Superior jumped out with a 10-point lead in the first quarter.

But that advantage slowly slipped away and by the fourth quarter WBL pulled ahead. With 10 seconds on the clock WBL was up by three points.

In an attempt to tie the game, Erick Tunell grabbed the loose ball that had been knocked from Raheem Vann's hands, ran to the 3-point line, turned and shot. But the ball hit the rim and bounce away in the last second, leaving Superior with second place.

Other players who contributed were James Misfeldt, Blake Raymond and Dillion Johnson.

Superior (11-3) will compete in Pine City, Minn., Saturday.

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