Rebekah Dahlman became the first Minnesota high school girls basketball player to score 5000 career points when she netted a game high 40 to lead the Braham Bombers to a 79-42 win over the BOLD Warriors in the Class AA state quarterfinals Wednesday night at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Jenna Winter scored the Bombers first basket :51 into the game. Baylie Kubesh put the Warriors in front but the lead was short-lived as Braham went on a 13-0 run, including Dahlman's reverse layup. BOLD junior Carly Sigurdson, entering the tournament averaging 21 points per game, scored four straight, including a steal and a score. She hit a three pointer to cut the lead to six. Braham played for the last shot as Dahlman assisted on a basket by Dani Braund to put the Bombers ahead 29-21 at the half.
Kubesh got things going for BOLD, scoring :19 into the second half. Jaclyn Hollenkamp countered for Braham. The Warriors went into a double team offense but it wasn't enough to stop Dahlman and the Bombers as they forged ahead. Dahlman, who will be headed for Vanderbilt next season, picked up point number 5000 on a left handed layup. With the game decided, both coaches, Tim Malone of Braham and Brian Kingery of BOLD emptied their benches with 1:57 left. Besides Dahlman, the only other Bomber to score in double figures was Kayla Nickles with 11 points. Hollenkamp had 13 rebounds. Sigurdson led the Warriors with 16 points
. Malone described what it was like coaching a player of Dahlman's caliber.
"She just has an unbelievable work ethic."
He also mentioned that she leads by example. "Very much the floor leader on and off the floor."
Dahlman also has had good role models along the way. She is the fifth of six Dahlmans to wear the Braham blue and gold. Her younger brother Zach is a member of the boys team.
. Braham, the lone unbeaten team in Class AA, faces Providence Academy Friday at 6 PM. BOLD, which stands for Bird Island-Olivia-Lake Lillian-Danube, ended their season with a 26-4 record.