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Girls Basketball: Chanhassen knocks off Red Wing

The Red Wing girls basketball team looked like it could play spoiler against Chanhassen on Tuesday. Up 25-22 at halftime, the Wingers played mistake-free basketball against one of the Missota Conference’s top teams.

Then Chanhassen found an edge, thanks to its 3-point shooting, and pulled away to beat Red Wing 64-52 in Chanhassen.

“It was a close game the whole way,” said Wingers’ head coach Dave Muelken. “They made four 3s in the second half and that made a difference. But I thought we played hard and the girls did everything we asked them to do.”

McKenzie Muelken put together a monster night to keep Red Wing in contention with 28 points. Kara Norvet and McKayla “Bubba” Muelken chipped in with five points, and Rebecca Swenning and Maddie Faas grabbed five rebounds apiece.

One of the most encouraging stats for the Wingers’ coaches was turnovers, which Red Wing committed only six in the loss.

“They pressured us a lot and we took care of the ball. Kara made good decisions and Bubba handled the ball well,” Dave Muelken said. “Because of it, we scored 52 points against a good team.”

The Storm (10-5, 3-1 Missota) got a team-high 18 points from Danielle Gitzen.

Red Wing (6-7, 2-2 Missota) faces another tough conference challenge Friday at home against Shakopee.

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