Girls basketball: Trojans win at Willmar; Southwest romps, 82-47
WILLMAR — Down 33-30 at halftime, the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team went on a 17-4 run in the second half to down host Willmar Friday night, 66-50.
It was in many respects a tale of two halves.
Willmar hit six three-point shots in the first half while holding the Trojans scoreless from three-point range. Worthington’s zone defense suffered from poor rotation as well.
Neither team took control early in the second half. The score was 40-40 at one point.
But when Worthington’s senior forward Paige Gravenhof hit the team’s first three-point shot of the night with 6:46 remaining, the visitors pulled ahead 47-46. Several minutes later the margin was 61-50 in the Trojans’ favor.
Trojans head coach Eric Lindner said his team may have been surprised at the Cardinals’ physical play in the first half.
“Our kids are usually the ones dictating physicality in the game,” he said. “It was good that we responded to that.”
Brooke Henning led Worthington with 18 points. Ana Boever had 13, Gravenhof 12 and Apiew Alwal 10.
Boever had six steals and Gravenhof had five. Abbie Landgaard had eight assists. Henning and Apiew Alwal recorded seven rebounds apiece.
Worthington amassed 16 steals in the game.
Willmar had 22 turnovers to Worthington’s 15.
Willmar, who was led by Courtney Magnuson’s 15 points, falls to 10-13 on the season.
Worthington, 20-2, will play its last regular season game of the season Monday at Redwood Valley. The seeding for Section 2AAA will take place on Wednesday.
Worthington 30 66
Willmar 33 50
WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Boever 0-6-1-13, Landgaard 0-2-2-6, Henning 0-9-2-18, Linder 0-0-1-1, Gravenhof 2-3-0-12, Ac. Alwal 0-1-2-4, Ap. Alwal 0-5-0-10. Totals 2-26-8-66.
WILLMAR (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Magnuson 0-7-1-15, Rudnick 0-2-0-4, Martins 1-1-3-8, Hovland 0-0-2-2, Ruter 2-0-0-6, Fosso 2-2-0-10, Doering 1-1-0-5. Totals 6-13-6-50.
Southwest Christian 82, Murray County Central 47 EDGERTON — The Southwest Christian Eagles easily won over the Murray County Central Rebels by a score of 82-47.
Tianna Top led Southwest Christian in scoring with 30 points, followed by Hope Veldkamp with 10. Juniors Savannah Tinklenberg and Alexis Knutson tacked on eight points apiece.
Top also added 10 rebounds for the Eagles, and Knutson dished out five assists.
For the Rebels, Jade Giese led with 16 points and four steals. Sierra Van Iperen added nine points and eight rebounds.
SWC 47 82
MCC 26 47
Fulda 70, Hills-Beaver Creek 63 HILLS — The Fulda Raiders beat Hills-Beaver Creek on their own floor Friday night, by a score of 70-63.
For Fulda, senior forward Melissa Gehl led with 25 points. Following were Sariah Cheadle and Katelyn Renneke with 17 and 12 points, respectively.
For H-BC, Megan Westrum scored 17, with Taylor Wingert and Avery Van Roekel each added 12 points apiece.
Fulda 38 70
H-BC 22 63
Edgerton 54, Mountain Lake Area 45 EDGERTON — The Edgerton Flying Dutchmen won a hard-fought game over Mountain Lake Area by a score of 54-45.
Tanner Gunnink dominated the court for Edgerton, finishing the game with 25 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Following was Mia Wassink with 11 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Jasper added seven points and 12 rebounds.
For Mountain Lake, seniors Rachel Dukes and Mikayla Falk had 15 and eight points, respectively, while Whitney Klassen added another eight points.
With the win, Edgerton moves to 12-10 overall and 9-6 in the conference.
Edgerton 32 54
Mountain Lake 23 45
Southwestern United 61, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 37 OKABENA — In a lopsided game, Southwestern United downed Westbrook-Walnut Grove by a score of 61-37.
For SWU, Andrea Hinkeldey led in scoring with 13 points, adding four rebounds. Sonja Peter tacked on 11 points. Courtney Place finished with 14 rebounds and six assists.
Elizabeth Woelber finished with 11 points for W-WG, and senior Dayna Comnick totaled nine.
SWU 38 61
W-WG 16 37
Red Rock Central 63, Ellsworth 61 (2OT) LAMBERTON — In a double overtime thriller, the hometown Red Rock Central Falcons pulled out the victory over the visiting Ellsworth Panthers by a score of 63-61.
Leading for RRC was Mel Kedl, who totaled 18 points and 16 rebounds, followed closely by Rachel Kedl, who finished with 17 points and six blocks. Olivia Bitner added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
For Ellsworth, two players scored well over half of the points for their respective team, with Alexa Huisman taking 32, and Brenna Kramer with 13.
Free throws are what made the difference for RRC in the second overtime, and the last-second desperation shot by Ellsworth didn’t fall.
RRC 19 52 55 63
Ellsworth 21 52 55 61