GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Trojans win key section game, 64-57
MANKATO -- Worthington was in a new situation.
As the smaller team on the court, the Trojans had to match up against a taller Mankato West team Thursday night.
But like the Worthington girls' basketball team has done all season long, they handled the challenge in a 64-57 non-conference victory.
"We had to come out tonight with a win," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "They have two kids that are over 6-foot, so we had to match a much taller kid on a post player, and we did a nice job filling in."
But for the Trojans, facing two 6-foot players in Abby Rothenbuehler and Katie Lauer was a good test for what's to come.
"We're going to face some bigger teams, so it was a good test to see what we could do," Lindner said. "They were their two leading scorers; otherwise, the next best was like six or seven points. We did a pretty good job on their other kids."
Rothenbuehler finished with 22 points, while Lauer scored 19 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the free-throw line.
"Rothenbuehler is the one that causes the biggest problem because she can go inside and outside," Lindner said. "She can shoot the 3 and post up.
"I knew she'd get her 20. I didn't count on Lauer hitting 10 of 11 at the free-throw line; that's pretty good shooting."
Four players scored in double figures for the Trojans (18-1).
Holli Aggen scored a team-best 19 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Martha Alwal had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, while Gabby Boever (six steals) and Kaitlin Gerber (four steals) each scored 11 points for Worthington, which had a 29-24 lead at halftime.
Worthington was in foul trouble throughout the game, but was able to seal the victory in the final minutes.
"We got in a little foul trouble early, but the kids, just like they did against Adrian, gutted it out at the end," Lindner said. "They made their free throws when they had to and basically executed down the stretch, which was good to see."
The Trojans, who are undefeated in section play, will host another section opponent, Marshall, Saturday.
"I've played Marshall enough to know that they are always ready for the Trojans," Lindner said.
Worthington 29 35 -- 64
Mankato West 24 33 -- 57
Worthington (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Aggen 2-2-9-19, Boever 0-4-3-11, Gerber 0-3-5-11, Malmgren 0-0-2-2, Alwal 0-6-2-14, Vander Veen 0-2-3-7. Totals 2-17-24-64.
MW (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Doyle 0-1-1-3, Henke 0-0-1-1, Veroeven 0-1-0-2, Rothenbuehler 3-6-1-22, Rosenstiel 0-2-2-6, Lauer 1-3-10-19, Christiansen 0-1-0-2, Zielske 0-0-2-2. Totals 4-14-17-57.
Marshall 83, Windom 63
MARSHALL -- Lindsay Elston had 18 points and four assists to lead Windom in a Southwest Conference loss to Marshall.
Courtney Ysker added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, who have lost eight consecutive games after starting the New Year 5-1.
Windom (7-15, 3-7) will travel to face Luverne on Tuesday.
Windom 31 32 -- 63
Marshall 45 38 -- 83
W-WG 63, T-M-B 53
TRACY -- Audra Schmidt had 15 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and three assists to lead Westbrook-Walnut Grove to a victory against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Kylie Erickson added 18 points, five assists and three steals, and Chanel Madson scored 15 points for the Chargers, who took an eight-point lead into the intermission.
Kassandra Jarmer added seven points and seven rebounds for W-WG, which went 30-for-39 shooting from the free-throw line.
Roxy Ryan had 13 points, and Shea Lanoue had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers. Alyssa Becker added 10 points, and Anna Snyder had eight points and six rebounds.
W-WG (10-10, 4-9) will host Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin, and T-M-B (1-21, 1-13) will travel to face Minneota tonight.
W-WG 28 35 -- 63
T-M-B 20 33 -- 53
G-LR 79, H-LP 46
GEORGE, Iowa -- Abbie Voss scored 22 points, and Shelby Nagel added 17 points to lead George-Little Rock to a victory over Harris-Lake Park in the first round of the regional tournament.