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Blossoms finish one game short

ROCHESTER —The No. 1 Blooming Prairie girls basketball team saw one of their best seasons in school history come to an end as they lost to No. 2 seeded Fillmore Central 69-56 in the Section 1A title game in Mayo Civic Center Thursday.

BP hasn’t played in a state tournament since 1999 and this will be just the third time in school history it will take home any hardware from the Section 1A Tournament.

BP head coach John Bruns liked the fight his team showed this season as the Awesome Blossoms faced the weight of high expectations throughout the year.

Blooming Prairie’s Bobbie Bruns, left, consoles Maya Lembke as time runs out in the Section 1A championship Thursday night in Rochester’s Civic Center Arena. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

“(Playing in a section title game) is a huge step. Just playing this many tournament games is huge,” Bruns said. “For this team to do what they did and withstand the pressure of being ranked in the preseason, we stayed ranked all season long and we played hard against everybody we went up against. There was not a game where we were blown out.”

Junior Megan Oswald had 23 points and 12 rebounds in the loss for the Awesome Blossoms. She will be one of the team’s big returners next season, along with guards Bobbie Bruns and Maggie Bruns. BP, which finished 21-6 overall this season will graduate key starters Julia Worke and Maya Lembke.

“This year was really special. I was really wishing we would’ve gone a little further,” Oswald said. “We worked really hard and I’m sad that it’s over. We accomplished a lot and I think next year we’ll have a lot of seniors and I’d like to get back to get here and get some revenge. I had a lot of fun this year and it’s sad to see the seniors go.”