Boys basketball Gotto paces Windom Area
WINDOM — Windom Area recovered from a slow start to outlast Cedar Mountain-Comfrey Tuesday night in a high school boys basketball game at Windom.
The Eagles won 71-54 to pull their young season even at 1-1.
Windom senior Jacob Gotto scored 23 points, handed out five assists and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. Sam Huska, a sophomore for Windom, scored 13 and junior Kyle Antes scored 11.
Bryce Bever had nine rebounds in the game for the Eagles to go with six points.
CMC’s Chandler Rose scored 18 points.
“It was kind of a lackadaisical start for us,” Windom Area boys basketball coach Dane Nielsen said. “But once we got going, things got better.”
Windom Area 37 71 CMC 27 54
Ellsworth 69, Pipestone Area 60 ELLSWORTH — A stingy defense and good shooting helped Ellsworth to a 45-26 lead, and the Panthers coasted in the second half to a nine-point victory over Pipestone Area to improve to 3-0 on the young season.
Pipestone Area’s 6-6 junior center Collin Moeller had foul trouble in the first half, further hampering the Arrows’ efforts at a comeback.
Junior center Justin Kruse scored 25 points for EHS and senior guard Mitch Leuthold added 24. Drew Cheskie had eight rebounds and John Kramer six assists.
Boyer Bouman led Pipestone Area with 20 points.
Ellsworth converted 25 of 40 field goals for the game for 63 percent, and nine of 18 free throws. Pipestone Area was 22-for-60 (37 percent) from the field.
Pipestone Area 26 60 Ellsworth 45 69
Southwest 67, Luverne 43 LUVERNE — Senior guard Nate Pfeifle scored 30 points to lead Southwest Christian to a solid victory over host Luverne. The Eagles made 24 of 50 field goals — including five of 19 from three-point range — en route to the victory. Luverne made just 16 of 49 field goals and missed all four of its three-point shots.
Pfeifle connected on nine of 15 field goals on the night, including three of seven three-point attempts. Leighton Sampson added nine points and Jay DeBoer eight for the victorious Eagles. Brent Gorter had three assists.
Josh Slieter scored 12 points for the Cardinals.
Southwest 34 67 Luverne 21 43
Adrian 78, Edgerton 70 EDGERTON — Free throws told the story in this one. Adrian made 31 of 35 for the game, including a perfect 16-for-16 in the second half, to come out on top.
The Dragons led only by a point, 40-39, at halftime. After a 57-57 tie in the second half, the visitors re-took the lead and stayed ahead for the rest of the game.
Junior forward Taylor Recker had 31 points and 12 rebounds for Adrian. Brady Lonneman had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. And Collin Kemper had 11 points.
Nick Reyne had four steals for the Dragons.
For Edgerton, Riley Van Klei had 12 points and 11 rebounds while Luke Drooger and Austin Mertens each had 11 points. Drooger and Jesse Berning each had five assists for the Flying Dutchmen in their season opener.
Adrian hit 20 of 63 field goals in the game. Edgerton made 22 of 55 and connected on 20 of its 34 free throws.
Adrian 40 78
Edgerton 39 70
SWU 84, W-WG 79 OKABENA — Southwestern United won its season opener as Brandon Thurk scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Trey Cranston added 21 points of his own as Zach Schumacher tallied 16 and Aaron Fest 15. Both Schumacher and Fest had seven rebounds.
For Westbrook-Walnut Grove, Alex Knutson scored 28 points to go along with nine assists and four steals. Shane Buchman had 18 points while Brody Williams had 14 and Tristan Joel 11.
Southwestern United made six of 12 three-point shots and 19 of 37 two-pointers. Westbrook-Walnut Grove hit just three of 19 from three-point range while connecting on 26 of 42 from two-point range.
W-WG 47 79 SWU 42 84