Boys basketball: S’West wins in a breeze; Ellsworth nips MCC
LAMBERTON – All 13 Southwest Christian players scored in the epitome of a balanced effort, which led to an dominant victory in a Friday night high school boys basketball game.
Southwest spurted to a 41-11 halftime lead and beat Red Rock Central, 79-40. Red Rock Central managed only 11 points in the first half.
Nate Pfeifle paced SWC with 15, and Spencer Stroeh contributed 13. Leighton Sampson had 12 points for the high-flying Eagles.
For RRC, Thomas Blomgren helped the cause with 12 points, and Sam Halter chipped in nine points and five assists.
The Falcons stay winless on the season with the loss and move to 0-12 overall and 0-8 in the Red Rock Conference. They face Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s on Monday.
SWC 41 79
RRC 11 40
Ellsworth 59, MCC 56
SLAYTON — Drew Cheskie poured in a game-high 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Ellsworth to a narrow victory over Murray County Central. Victorious Ellsworth had one other player in double figures, Mitchell Leuthold (16 points).
The Rebels sported three players in double figures: Grant Everson with 11, Jaden Boerboom with 12, and Grant Roher with 13.
Ellsworth 32 59
MCC 33 56
MLA 61, H-BC 58
HILLS — Andrew Hempeck’s buzzer-beating three-pointer was the final dagger in H-BC’s heart, as a game that was knotted up at halftime stayed very close throughout and needed a spectacular shot to prevent overtime. The teams were never separated by more than five points in the second half.
Mountain Lake Area’s brightest star, Carter Kirk, scored 17 and seized 10 rebounds, and Zach Dickens boosted his team with 14 points. Cody Klassen had 10 points for MLA, which shot 33 percent (23-68) on the night.
Dylan Gehrke had a monster 27-point, eight-rebound game for H-BC, but it was not enough to cement the win. Braden Ellington had 12 points for the Patriots.
MLA 28 61
H-BC 28 58
JCC 72, Luverne 54
LUVERNE — In a battle of Southwest Conference boys basketball rivals, Jackson County Central came out on top, utilizing a strong second half to earn the win. Zach Schwarting scored 17 points and nabbed four rebounds for the Huskies, while Jon Harmening added 13 points and five assists.
JCC shot 45 percent (25-56) from the field, and actually had 24 turnovers to Luverne’s 23.
Brady Place boosted the Huskies with 15 points, Darnell Taylor-Breck netted 10, and Colton Timmer notched 11.
The Cardinals had one player in double figures, Josh Slieter, who had 18 points and grasped four rebounds. Zane Hiller contributed nine points and five rebounds.
JCC 30 72
Luverne 28 54
Fulda 63, Edgerton 54
FULDA — The Fulda Raiders were missing two key starters, but didn’t let that faze them. Younger players stepped up, hustled for steals, and shut down Edgerton’s outside game to grab the win. The valiant Raiders hit six threes en route to victory, and were led by Brian Fenske with 23 points and seven rebounds. Cole Dierks had 15 points and seven rebounds, and James Dierks contributed 10 rebounds.
The Flying Dutchmen had a fairly one-dimensional offense, as Austin Mertens scored 33 of Edgerton’s 54 points and also had 23 rebounds and three steals. Riley Van Klei snatched 10 rebounds for the Dutchmen, and Nate Paulsen notched seven points.
Fulda improves to 2-11 on the season with the win, and faces Canby on Monday, while Edgerton battles Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on the same day.
Edgerton 28 54
Fulda 37 63
Dawson-Boyd 76, T-M-B 40
DAWSON — The unbeaten Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks improved their record to 11-0 with a solid 76-40 win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Leading the Blackjacks in scoring was Michael Lee, with 21 points, followed by Jess Hansen, also with 19 points.
T-M-B was led by Josh Kirk, who finished with 15 points.
T-M-B drops to 5-8 with the loss.
T-M-B 46 76
Dawson-Boyd 21 40
W-WG 77, Adrian 56
WESTBROOK — The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers put on a show at home, beating Adrian 77-56.
Shane Buchman dropped 34 points on the evening and reined in 15 rebounds. He was supported by Randy Knutson with 16 points and 11 boards. Alex Knutson had 12 points and seven assists.
Taylor Recker led Adrian with 19 points. Brady Lonneman scored 15 and adding 10 rebounds.
Adrian is now 5-9 overall, and 3-6 in the conference. W-WG is now 6-8 overall.
Adrian 29 56
W-WG 38 77
G-LR 80, Okoboji 55
GEORGE, Iowa — George-Little Rock fought back after a close first half and ended up winning by a large margin. The Mustangs (5-7) ratcheted up the defensive pressure in the second half, shared the ball well, and managed to pull away.
Tanner Ver Steg paced G-LR with 22 points, and David Aikens scored 17. Jesse Koerselman and Austin Hayenga were both in double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Okoboji was led by Holt Hunziker with 16 points. The team drops to 1-10 with the setback.
Okoboji 13 31 41 55
G-LR 10 33 55 80