Boys basketball: JCC upends Redwood Valley; H-BC nips Edgerton
REDWOOD FALLS — Doing just about everything well, the oncoming Jackson County Central Huskies earned a 75-65 Southwest Conference victory over Redwood Valley Friday night, highlighting area high school boys’ basketball action.
Limiting the high-scoring Cardinals to 20 percent shooting (4-of-20) from three-point range in the first half, the Huskies claimed an impressive 37-20 advantage at intermission and held the lead throughout an action-packed second half.
A big statistic in JCC’s favor was a huge 48-28 rebounding advantage.
"We played solid all night long," praised JCC head coach Trent Sukalski. "We defended well, stopping Redwood’s penetration. We rebounded well, getting lots of second and third shots. I am very happy with our effort and think that we are becoming a good team. Our motto is that we are humble and hungry, trying to get better."
The Huskies (15-8, 8-4) have won nine of their last 11 games and finish third in the final standings of the seven-team conference. RV, which rolled to a 97-83 victory over state-ranked Fairmont Thursday night, had a seven-game winning streak snapped and became 19-5 overall. The Cardinals finish second in the conference (behind Marshall, 12-0) with a league record of 9-3.
Going inside frequently, JCC had excellent scoring balance with six players scoring eight points or more. Jon Harmening (20 rebounds) tallied 17 points, while Darnell Taylor-Breck and Bodey Behrends (13 rebounds) each scored 14 points.
Zach Schwarting (12 points), Brady Place (eight points, team-leading seven assists) and Colton Timmer (eight points) were other key contributors for the Huskies, who finish their regular season Monday night with a non-conference game at Blue Earth Area.
Sam Pendleton (17) and Joe Smith (10) were double-figure scorers for the Cardinals.
JCC 37 75
RV 20 65
Hills-Beaver Creek 55, Edgerton 53
HILLS — Junior guard Braden Ellingson sunk a layup with half a second remaining in the game to break a 53-53 tie, and the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots survived a horrible first half of shooting to edge Edgerton Public.
Hills-Beaver Creek connected on just seven of 40 field goals in the first half to fall behind 27-21 at halftime.
Ellingson finished with 19 points and four assists and teammate Dylan Gehrke added 16 points. Carey Taubert had 10 rebounds and four blocks and Gehrke pulled down eight boards.
Austin Mertens led Edgerton with 14 points. Wyatt Butson had 12 points and Riley Van Klei had 11 rebounds.
Hills-Beaver Creek is 9-11 on the season.
Edgerton 27 53
H-BC 21 55
Ellsworth 80, Red Rock Central 39
ELLSWORTH — Running away from their opponents in the first half, the Ellsworth Panthers held on to defeat Red Rock Central in a rout. The score was 52-17 at halftime.
Mitch Leuthold and Drew Cheskie both had 18 points to lead the Panthers and Jonathon Kramer contributed 10 more.
Leuthold and Cole Meester had five assists apiece for the winners. Tim Nolte had nine rebounds and Leuthold three steals.
Trevor Pederson had 10 points to lead RRC.
RRC 17 39
Ellsworth 52 80
Mountain Lake Area 66, Southwestern United 43
MOUNTAIN LAKE — Earning an early 30-11 lead, Mountain Lake Area remained undefeated in the Red Rock Conference with a 23-point win over Southwestern United.
The Wolverines (20-2, 15-0) had a total of nine players score, including the trio of Carter Kirk (22 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks), Cody Klassen (17 points, six rebounds, three steals) and Andrew Hempeck (12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, five steals) who each notched double figures.
The Wildcats (11-9, 10-5) also put nine players in the scoring column, but only hit one three-pointer (in 19 attempts) and were unable to keep the spread under 20 points for most of the second half. Brandon Thurk scored 12 points and Zach Schumacher snagged nine rebounds for SWU, which plays at Westbrook-Walnut Grove Monday night.
The Wolverines, who clinched at least a tie for the conference championship, host high-scoring Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s (14-8) in a non-conference contest Monday and MLA wraps its league schedule at Slayton Tuesday, tangling with Murray County Central.
SWU 17 43
MLA 34 66
Southwest Christian 76, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 56
EDGERTON — Utilizing a big run to start the second half, along with a 29-point performance by senior guard Nate Pfeifle (six rebounds), Southwest Christian pulled away from a four-point halftime edge and rolled to a 20-point win over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Leighton Sampson (16 points, seven blocks, six rebounds, four steals) and Clayton Huisken (seven points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals) also had fine all-around games for the Eagles (20-2, 14-1), who have won 15 games in a row.
Shane Buchman scored 23 points to lead the Chargers (8-14, 7-8), while Alex Knutson contributed 15.
The Eagles play at Dawson-Boyd today (3:45 p.m.) in the second game of a girl-boy doubleheader. W-WG hosts Southwestern United Monday.
W-WG 31 56
SW Christian 35 76
Adrian 67, Murray County Central 60
SLAYTON — Shooting very well, Adrian’s Nick Reyne scored 34 points (five-of-eight on three-pointers and nine-of-14 inside the arc) to lead the visiting Adrian Dragons to a seven-point win over Murray County Central.
Taylor Recker (18 points, 14 rebounds) and Brady Lonneman (six assists) also had strong statistics for the Dragons (7-16, 6-9), who host Hills-Beaver Creek in their final conference game Monday.
MCC (9-14, 8-7) was led by Grant Everson (15 points), Grant Rohrer (12 points, seven rebounds) and Zach Ostman (12 points). The Rebels finish their season by hosting Pipestone Area tonight and Mountain Lake Area Tuesday.
Adrian 33 67
MCC 25 60
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 69, Lakeview 49
TRACY — Four players scored in double figures for Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in a victory over Lakeview. Josh Kirk led with 17 points, Riley Kirk had 15, Spencer Smith 13 and Brady Lanoue 10.
The Panthers jumped on top early, leading 40-25 at halftime.
Jonah Dovre scored 17 points for Lakeview while teammates Max Homer and Jaden Hoffman scored 10 apiece.
Riley Kirk had five assists for T-M-B. Lanoue had nine rebounds.
Lakeview 25 49
T-M-B 40 69
Boyden-Hull 75, Sheldon 66
SHELDON, Iowa — Visiting Boyden-Hull moved out from a 13-13 first quarter tie to outscore Sheldon 25-15 in the second quarter and emerge the victor on the road. Dalton Moser led the way with 26 points and Justin Schmidt added 18.
For Sheldon, Andy Cooper scored 20, Dylan Ennema scored 15 and Turner DeJong scored 14.
Boyden-Hull 13 38 50 75
Sheldon 13 28 44 66