Girls basketball: WHS girls basketball team scores 61 in first half
ST. JAMES —Every player on its roster scored as Worthington blasted Madelia 86-44 in a semifinal at the Blue Earth girls basketball tournament Friday night. The Trojans crashed the offensive boards well as they ballooned their lead to a 61-25 spread at halftime.
“We did a nice job of getting the ball to open players but we need to do a better job of spreading the ball around more,” Trojans coach Eric Lindner said. “We established it early.”
Worthington sophomore Emma Gerber came off the bench and scored 20 points for the night while Becca Linder and Brook Henning each tacked on 10.
The Trojans shot a lights-out 55 percent from the field in the game and improved to 6-1 on the season. Worthington plays Springfield today in the tournament’s championship.
Worthington 61 86
Madelia 25 44
WORTHINGTON (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Gerber 0-9-2-20, Gravenhof 1-4-0-11, Henning 0-3-4-10, Linder 0-4-2-10, Boever 1-3-0-9, Landgaard 0-4-0-8, Ac. Alwal 2-0-2-7, Ap. Alwal 0-2-0-4, Ah. Alwal 0-0-2-2, Thongvanh 0-1-0-2, Bruns 0-1-0-2, Ebbers 0-0-1-1. Totals 2-33-13-86.
MADELIA (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) — Colon 0-6-3-15, Sotelo 0-3-5-11, Aquilar 1-3-0-9, Arndt 0-3-1-7, Rigney 0-0-2-2. Totals 1-15-9-44.
Mountain Lake Area Holiday Tournament
MOUNTAIN LAKE — Mountain Lake Area was able to hold on for a 64-59 victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove to claim third place in the Mountain Lake Area Holiday Tournament, despite a strong second half comeback from W-WG.
Elizabeth Woelber led the way for the Chargers with 21 points and Kaylee Mischke added 12 points. Mountain Lake Area was led by a trio of seniors. Stacy Harder had 17 points and Whitney Klassen dropped in 11. Rachel Dukes grabbed nine rebounds as well to go along with 13 points. Mountain Lake Area improves to 2-4 on the season as W-WG falls to 1-7.
Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton took home the championship after defeating Ellsworth 67-50.
Windom Area Tournament
WINDOM — Windom Area cruised to a 74-29 victory over a young Hope Academy team in the first round of the Windom Area Tournament.
Kelsey Hanefeld led the Eagles with 22 points while Rachel Sorenson followed up with 17. Also contributing for Windom Area was Jasmine Carlson with 12 points and Kelly Riordan with 10. Hope Academy was led by sophomore Anna Simons who scored 11 points and junior Jasmine Lewis who had eight.
Windom Area improves to 4-3 and advances to the championship where it will play Blue Earth Area at 4:30 today. Hope Academy will face off with Martin Luther in the consolation game.
Hope Academy 17 29
Windom Area 41 74
JCC 50, USC 49
ST. CLAIR —Jackson County Central escaped a close opening round game at the St. Clair girls basketball tournament Friday night.
The Huskies beat United South Central 50-49 after trailing by two points at halftime. Kaylee Burmeister scored 17 points for the Huskies with eight rebounds, Sarah Brandt chipped in 12 points and Rachel Johnson had 10. Brandt collected nine rebounds while Johnson had four steals. USC was led by Shianne Robertson’s 12 points. JCC, now 2-7 on the season, will play Hayfield today in the second round of the tournament.
JCC 21 50
USC 23 49