Nissen among leaders for Benson girls in 2015-16

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Amanda Nissen, the leading scorer for the Braves this season, puts up a shot in the lane as Victoria Pagel gets into rebounding position.

The Benson girls basketball team ended its season with a 59-19 loss to NLS in the first round of the Section 3AA Tourney.  One game earlier, the Braves snapped a 29-game losing streak with a 67-64 overtime win over Paynesville.  Benson finished the season with a 1-25 overall record for the second-straight season.

The victory over Paynesville meant the Braves avoided finishing the season without a win for the third time in program history.  The Benson girls basketball team went 0-22 in 1991-92 and also went 0-26 in 2013-14.

Benson’s previous win was a 42-37 victory over BOLD, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.  Benson went 0-5 the rest of the 2014-15 season and was 0-24 to start out 2015-16 before edging the Bulldogs.

“It sure was an exciting night and I’m very happy for the girls,” said Benson head coach Jonas Grossman.  “It was a great team effort, and I don’t know if we would have won this game without the great support from the crowd, including a fantastic student section.”

Amanda Nissen, a starting point guard for the team, earned honorable mention for the Braves, who finished eighth in the WCC.

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