Gjerde, Just, Anderson are MVPs for Saints

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Samantha Gjerde (middle) sets up the KMS offense during a game this winter in Kerkhoven.  She earned the KMS MVP award this season.

The KMS girls basketball team ended the season one game under .500 at 13-14.  The Saints got above .500 a few times during the season, including 7-5 after an 80-31 victory over Hope Academy, but the Saints lost their next four and never got back over .500 the rest of the season.

KMS did win six of their final 10 regular-season games to get back to .500 at 13-13, but lost in the first round of the Section 5A Tourney to third-seeded BBE, 71-49.  “We scored the first basket of the game against BBE, but before I knew it, I was calling a timeout and we were down 11-2,” coach Brady DeBaere said.  “BBE started out making 10 of its first 13 shots and led early 22-7.  We made a run to get to within 26-18, but we were never really in the game from then on.”

BBE fell to Browerville-Eagle Valley in the sub-section finals, and Browerville-EV went on to lose to Cromwell for the Section 5A title, 73-71.

KMS will lose seven seniors to graduation from this year’s team -- Ashley Just, Kallee Anderson, Andrea Olson, Kari Holt, Eden Norton, Molli Strandberg, and Wendy Bauman.

“We battled through some injuries, and maybe could have won a few more games without those injuries, but we stuck together and supported our teammates, and I’m proud of all the girls, but especially the seniors for all their hard work, dedication, and leadership they have shown the program,” DeBaere said.  “This really was one of the closest groups I have coached.  They are a great bunch of girls.”

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