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Second half comeback spurs Lady Bombers to victory

WAUBUN -- Leading by 13 points at halftime, Climax-Fisher appeared poised to rout the Waubun girls' basketball team on the Bombers' home court Dec. 22.

And as the Knights stretched that lead to 21 points early in the second half, victory was well within their grasp.

It was then that Bomber head coach Jason McCloskey called a time out in an attempt to regroup his team.

"At that time, I just told the girls what I told them in the locker room at half, and that was to be more physical on defense and attack on offense," McCloskey said. "We just lacked enthusiasm."

But fortunately, the team was able to set aside the apathy of the first half and begin chipping away at the Knights' lead. In the final 15 minutes of the game, the Bombers slowly battled back to take the lead with 1:35 remaining.

The Knights weren't ready to surrender, however, as they rallied back to a 61-61 tie and forced overtime.

By this time, the Bombers' enthusiasm had sparked, starting a fire that spread through the lineup. Waubun created seven turnovers in OT -- four of them at the hands of Tracee Winter -- and players Erin Jasken and Jenna Lundon netted two big 3-pointers to tilt the scales in favor of the Bombers, who defeated the Knights 72-69.

"The fact that we didn't give up didn't surprise me, for the past three years that's the one thing these girls won't do," said McCloskey of his team's hard-fought win. "I think we now know that we have the ability to play with anyone in the conference."

With the win, the Bombers took a 4-1 record into the holiday break, with their only loss coming in the first game of the season, against Rothsay.

"We're 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference right now, and we're still improving," said McCloskey. "It's great to see all our hard work start to pay off."

The Lady Bombers' next game takes place Jan. 5 at Fosston.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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