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Rangers capture the Cardinals with defense

SECTION 7A GIRLS BASKETBALL

Twice during the regular season, Cromwell-Wright and Mountain Iron-Buhl met on the basketball court with the Rangers winning the first game by eight points and the Cards taking the second game by 20 points.

Thus, the stage was set for last Thursday's Section 7A girls basketball title game at the University of Minnesota Duluth. When the smoke cleared, the Rangers had avenged their late-season loss and retained the section title for the ninth year in a row with a 50-31 win.

A huge key to the win was the Rangers ability to hold down the two top scorers for the Cards: Taya and Shaily Hakamaki. The...