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Class 3A, Section 8 girls basketball: Alexandria upsets top-seeded Otters

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Alexandria senior Sam Trumm remembered vividly the feeling of coming up just short in overtime of the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 championship game last season.

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Alexandria's Joie Warnes, right, and Fergus Falls Sydney Schultz race after a loose ball during the second half of the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 championship game on Friday in Collegeville. Eric Morken / Forum Communications Co.

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Alexandria senior Sam Trumm remembered vividly the feeling of coming up just short in overtime of the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 championship game last season.

She knew she didn't want to go out that way as a Cardinal. On Friday night, her sister made sure she wouldn't.

Lauren Trumm scored six straight points late in the game on her way to a game-high 16 points. That helped Alexandria to a

46-40 win over top-seeded Fergus Falls at St. John's University. The junior guard hit two free throws with her team down by one with 5:16 left in the game. Alexandria never trailed again after that.

The youngest Trumm attacked an Otters' zone that had frustrated the Cardinals most of the night. Her driving lay-up with 2:16 left gave her team a 40-35 advantage and all the momentum in a game that Fergus Falls controlled for much of the first half.

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"It's a dream," Lauren said. "I can't even believe this. It's almost like a shock that this is happening."

The Otters looked like the more comfortable team after freshman Brianna Rasmussen drained a three to give her team a nine point lead late in the first half. Junior guard Sydney Schultz had nine first-half points but just two in the second half.

The Cardinals responded with perhaps their biggest stretch of the game the final two minutes before the break. Lauren Trumm answered Rasmussen's three with one of her own to ignite a 7-0 run that made it 22-20 heading into halftime.

"[That] was just huge for our confidence," head coach Wendy Kohler said. "After the coaches meeting, we went into our team room and the kids were relaxed. They were pumped. They had a peace of mind, and I could just tell they were going to turn it around."

Relaxed is exactly how they played down the stretch. Lauren Trumm made it a five-point game by hitting one of two free throws with 35 seconds left. After a jumper by Haylie Zenner made it a one-possession game, it was Sam's turn to finish things off.

The senior was not about toe relive a bad memory. She stepped to the line with 22 seconds left and sank two free throws to help secure a spot in the state tournament for her team.

"After you lose it one year, you realize how bad you want it when you come back and play for something this huge," Sam said. "It was a big deal. We all really wanted it."

Half: FF 22, A 20

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A: Haar 8, Warnes 7, Wood 1, S. Trumm 10, L. Trumm 16, Christianson 2, Gesell 2.

H: Schultz 11, Rasmusson 9, Swenson 5, A. Monke 5, M. Monke 4, Zenner 6.

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Morken writes for the Alexandria Echo Press

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