Benson girls fall on last- second shot in 3AA opener

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Claire Ricard goes up for a shot against Litchfield.  She ended the game with 20 points and three rebounds.

The Benson girls basketball team played one of its best games of the season, but still had its season end with a 61-60 loss at Litchfield during the opening round of the Section 3AA Girls Basketball Tournament, Saturday.

The Braves led for most of the first half before Litchfield hit a long three-pointer to go into halftime with a 28-27 advantage.  Benson also held the lead late in the second half after scoring the go-ahead basket with under 30 seconds left.  However, the Dragons hit the winning shot with about 15 seconds left and the Braves were unable to answer at the other end.

Benson closed out the 2018-19 season with a 7-18 overall record, which includes a 3-10 mark within the WCC to finish sixth overall.  Sauk Centre was 14-0 to repeat as league champion.
Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson girls basketball team are Gracie Lenz, Jacqui Hanson, Katelyn Tolifson, Katelyn Young, Matilyn Short, Olivia Hoffman, and Paige Cain...

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PICTURED: Claire Ricard goes up for a shot against Litchfield.  She ended the game with 20 points and three rebounds.

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