Boys basketball: Kruse leads Ellsworth; Murray County Central, SWU roll to victory
ADRIAN — Justin Kruse, a 6-5 junior center for Ellsworth, had a banner game Tuesday as his 32 points and 19 rebounds sparked a high-scoring 92-81 victory for the Panthers over the hosting Adrian Dragons in Red Rock Conference boys’ basketball action.
The Panthers (18-6, 12-4) had three other players in double figures — Mitchell Leuthold (20), Drew Cheskie (12) and Tim Nolte (11) — and received nine assists from Johnathan Kramer and four steals from Cole Meester, who each scored seven points.
The Dragons (7-15, 5-9) were led by Nick Reyne’s 30 points, while Brady Lonneman (23 points) and Taylor Recker (15 points, 14 rebounds, four assists) also contributed strongly to Adrian’s strong second-half comeback.
Adrian plays at Murray County Central Friday, while Ellsworth hosts Red Rock Central.
Ellsworth 47 92
Adrian 29 81
Murray County Central 86, Red Rock Central 48
LAMBERTON — Vaulting to a quick 20-0 lead, Murray County Central stormed to a 49-25 halftime lead on Red Rock Central and claimed a 38-point victory over the host Falcons.
Sophomore center Grant Rohrer scored 22 points to lead the Rebels and Jaden Boerboom (six-of-seven on three-point shots) netted 18. Logan Kluis (15) and Zach Ostman (12) also notched double figures for the Rebels (9-13, 7-7).
RRC (1-19, 1-13) was led by Thomas Blomgren (15 points, five rebounds) and 6-4 freshman center Trevor Pederson (14 points, four rebounds).
The Falcons are at Ellsworth Friday and the Rebels host Adrian.
MCC 49 86
RRC 25 48
Southwestern United 76, Edgerton 47
OKABENA — Playing on back-on-back nights, Southwestern United claimed its second victory over Edgerton in two days.
The Wildcats (11-8, 10-4) converted several steals into layups in the opening minutes, streaking to an early 14-0 lead and never trailed.
Trey Cranston (18), Brandon Thurk (15) and Aaron Fest (14) combined for 47 of SWU’s points. Thurk completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. Fest dished off five assists.
Edgerton (1-18, 1-14) was paced by Austin Mertens with 19 points and Wyatt Butson who scored 10.
SWU plays at Mountain Lake Friday night, while Edgerton travels to Hills.
Edgerton 28 47
SW United 45 76
Southwest Christian 74, Fulda 55
EDGERTON — Getting solid contributions from all 13 players, including 10 who scored, Southwest Christian rolled to its 19th victory of the season, defeating Fulda by 19 points after earning a 23-point halftime lead.
Nate Pfeifle scored 16 points to lead the Eagles (19-2, 13-1), while Leighton Sampson (13 points, six rebounds) and Clayton Huisken (12 points, four assists, three steals) were also in double figures.
Josh Ramerth (six rebounds) tallied a game-high 27 points for the Raiders, scoring 23 of them in the second half. Cole Dierks contributed 13 points and six rebounds for Fulda (2-19, 2-13), which hosts Springfield Thursday.
The Eagles, who have won 14 games in a row, host Westbrook-Walnut Grove Friday.
Fulda 18 55
SW Christian 41 74
Hills-Beaver Creek78, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 64
WESTBROOK — Hills-Beaver Creek claimed an 11-point halftime lead and posted a 14-point victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Leading the Patriots was Carey Taubert with 22 points, followed by Isaac Tilstra and Dylan Gehrke each with 17. Tilstra scored all 17 of his points in the first half. Braden Ellingson was a perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line as H-BC put four players in double figures.
Alex Knutson netted a game-high 28 points for the Chargers (8-13, 7-7), while Matt Otto scored 10 points.
H-BC 41 78
W-WG 30 64
Redwood Valley 74, Luverne 65
LUVERNE — In a Southwest Conference battle of the Cardinals, Redwood Valley prevailed by nine points.
After trailing by nine (38-29) at intermission, Luverne played RV evenly through the entire second half, as Josh Slieter continued his recent scoring surge, finishing with a game-high 30 points. Slieter — who scored 32 and 26 points, respectively, in Luverne’s two prior games — also had five rebounds and four assists Tuesday.
Blake Richters (12 points, six rebounds, five assists) and Blake Ziegler (10 points, six assists) were two other double-figure scorers for LHS (4-19, 0-11).
Redwood Valley (18-4, 9-2) was led by Sam Pendleton’s 29 points, while Cade Johnson and Adam Hengel scored 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Luverne plays at Windom Thursday.
Redwood 38 74
Luverne 29 65
Minneota/Lincoln HI 79, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 78
TRACY —Minneota/Lincoln HI’s Daniel Harrison grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback with seven second left. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw, lifting the Vikings to a one-point win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Camden Conference action.
In a game which was nip-and-tuck the entire 36 minutes, three players on each team scored in double figures.
Harrison had 26 points to lead the Vikings, while Austin Buysse (20) and Dylan Tolk (15) also notched double digits for M/LH.
T-M-B’s Josh Kirk nailed four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 27 points for the Panthers, while Spencer Smith (four assists) scored 16 points and Brett Swenhaugen (11 rebounds) tallied 11 points. Brady Lanoue dished off a game-leading six assists for T-M-B.
M/LH 35 79
T-M-B 34 78
Central Lyon 74, Sheldon 53
SHELDON, Iowa — Nic Lutmer ripped the nets for 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Central Lyon Lions to a 21-point Siouxland Conference victory over the Sheldon Orabs.
Grant Metzger (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Heath Menage (five assists) were other key contributors for the Lions (15-6).
Collin Wolthuizen scored 12 points for the Orabs (5-15), who were held to just one point in the third quarter.
Central Lyon 16 38 53 74
Sheldon 17 27 28 53