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Lady Crusaders Win 1st Place at Blazer Invitational Tournament

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On Friday and Saturday, January 13-14, 2012, the FBS Varsity Ladies’ Basketball Team had the opportunity to play in the Blazers Invitational Tournament.

Friday’s first game was played against Faith Christian School from Foreston, MN. Each team started slowly, with Faith taking an early 3 point lead. As the Crusader defense began to exert itself, the offense began to flow and the Rosemount girls slowly took control, leading by 2 at the half. We pulled away in the second half and finished up by 13.

The semi-final games’ opponent was the South Metro Huskies. This was a rematch from early in the season. The Crusaders’ defense was again strong in this game, allowing only 9 points in the first half. The Crusaders’ size and quickness overpowered the undersized Huskies, resulting in a 15 point win; this victory sent them into the championship game.

The final game pitted the Crusaders against the host team, the North Metro Trailblazers. After watching their hot shooting performance Friday night, we knew the game would be determined by their shooting. It looked to be a battle of our inside dominance verses the Blazers’ perimeter shooting.

After winning the tip, the Crusaders scored on their first possession and never looked back. With patient offense and domination of the boards, we built an 8 point lead before North Metro was able to score. By limiting them to only one shot attempt each possession, we went into halftime leading 20 to 6. The game continued much the same the rest of the way, with the Blazers’ shooting never getting much better. The final result was a 17-point win.

Senior Jaclyn Graves was named to the all-tournament team, and junior Elizabeth Helder was awarded the Tournament MVP.

The ladies played their best team basketball of the season this past weekend.

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