Girls basketball: Trojans outplay Windom Area
WINDOM — Claiming the game’s first eight rebounds and holding host Windom Area without a field goal for more than six minutes, the Worthington Trojans vaulted to an early 13-3 lead on the Eagles in a Southwest Conference high school girls’ basketball contest Friday evening.
The Trojans (10-1, 6-1) later opened the second half with a 13-4 run and extended their final winning margin to 68-49, snapping a seven-game Windom winning streak.
“For most of the game, we executed well and did the right things,” summed up Worthington head coach Eric Lindner. “We had too many fouls, but we had lots of assists, steals, rebounds and blocks, along with having nice scoring balance.”
After earning the early 10-point lead, the Trojans maintained a double-digit lead most of the first half, stretching the spread to 18-7 and 24-12 before the Eagles (8-4, 4-3) rallied with an 8-4 burst to slice the halftime edge to 28-20.
Worthington’s long-range shooting wizard Ana Boever connected on a pair of three-pointers early in the second half and the Trojans zoomed to a 41-24 lead and effectively countered a solid free throw shooting performance by the Eagles, who netted 29-of-41 for the game.
Boever enjoyed an incredible all-around game as she scored 17 points, blocked eight shots, came up with six steals, snagged seven rebounds and passed for a pair of assists.
Brooke Henning (14 points, six rebounds, two steals), Paige Gravenhof (10 points, five steals), Abbie Landgaard (six points, six assists, five rebounds, four steals), Becca Linder (six points, nine rebounds — six offensive) and Apiew Alwal (six points, five rebounds, four assists, four blocks, two steals) all shared in Worthington’s impressive overall statistics.
The Trojans outrebounded the Eagles by a 42-31 margin and blocked 15 shots in the game, while also coming up with 20 steals and getting 16 baskets off of assists.
A total of 10 girls scored in the game for Worthington.
Windom was paced by guards Rachel Sorensen and Jasmine Carlson, who tallied 19 and 16 points, respectively — taking advantage of Worthington’s total of 25 fouls.
Sorenson, a senior, sank nine-of-10 free throws and scored half of the Eagles’ 10 field goals, while Carlson, a junior, netted 14-of-16 shots from the line.
The Eagles, who were hindered by 25 turnovers, shot only 20 percent from the field for the game, making just 10-of-50 shots against Worthington’s defensive pressure tactics.
Worthington 28 68
Windom Area 20 49
WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Boever 3-4-0-17, Ebbers 0-1-0-2, Landgaard 0-3-0-6, Henning 0-7-0-14, Gerber 0-1-0-2, Linder 0-3-0-6, Gravenhof 1-2-3-10, Thongvanh 0-1-1-3, Ac. Alwal 0-0-2-2. Ap. Alwal 0-2-2-6. Totals 4-24-8-68
WINDOM AREA (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) K. Hanefeld 0-1-3-5, Sorensen 0-5-9-19, Riordan 0-1-0-2, L. Hanefield 0-1-0-2, Carlson 0-1-14-16, Maras 0-1-3-5. Totals 0-10-29-49.