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Saturday, March 20, 2010
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1A Final: Barnum def. Goodhue

By Kyle Stevens
Target Center - Minneapolis, Minn.

The Minnesota Army National Guard selects Jessica Newman, Barnum, and Erica Tipcke, Goodhue, as our Two Stars of the game.

The Minnesota National Guard selects our Two Stars:

Jessica Newman
19 points, 4 rebounds

Erica Tipcke
10 points, 5 rebounds

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Defense. It's always preached as a one-way street to championships. As cliches go, it is one of the most tried, if not true. Just ask Goodhue, who was stymied by Barnum 43-31 in the 1A final Saturday afternoon.
While an offense can go cold, as Barnum's did at times this season, defense is about hustle. Bad bounces on the rim are no excuse for a philosophy that hinges on effort.
"We played amazing defense," said Jessica Newman, a junior guard for the Bombers. "That's what was said in the locker room, 'We gotta play defense to win our games.'"
It is something that Barnum not just bought into, but something they take pride in. Several players credited each others' effort on the defensive end as the reason they came out on top.
Goodhue, while trailing only 20-16 at the half, was unable to score any fast break or second chance points in the first 18-minutes.
By the half-way point of the second half, Barnum had nearly tripled their lead and led 36-21.
The Bombers continued to stifle any easy attempts by Goodhue, while maintaining control of the boards.
The Bombers out-rebounded the Wildcats 26-21 for the game while forcing 23 turnovers and not allowing a single fast break point.
"These last three days, our offense hasn't been the greatest," said Katrina Newman. "But our defense has pulled through for us."

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