GIRLS BASKETBALL: Worthington runs away with W
FAIRMONT -- Paige Gravenhof's 22 points, eight assists and five steals propelled the Worthington Trojan girls basketball team to a 71-49 non-conference victory over the Fairmont Cardinals Tuesday.
In addition to Gravenhof's effort, Ana Boever compiled 15 points, seven steals and six blocks, K.C. Riley totaled 10 points and five steals and Rebecca Linder added eight points.
The win didn't come easy as the Trojans allowed the Cardinals to trim a 10-point halftime lead into a two-possession game early in the second half, which prompted Worthington head coach Eric Lindner to call a timeout.
"Fairmont got it to a six-point game within the first 5 minutes of the second half," Lindner said. "We called a timeout there to give the girls a pep talk and to calm them down a bit."
Lindner's talk worked, as the Trojans went on a 12-0 run to create separation from the hosts.
Worthington's pressure defense caused 38 Fairmont turnovers, while the Trojans turned the ball over 22 times.
"Our pressure defense caused a lot of turnovers, which led to a lot of transition baskets," Lindner added. "Another big stat for us was 22 assists as the girls did a nice job of finding the open player."
Fairmont, led by Alex Christianson's 15 points and Kristen Campe's 13 points, outrebounded Worthington by a 33-29 margin.
Despite the win and a 3-0 start for the Trojans, Lindner knows Worthington can still improve its game.
"We still need to work on being more efficient and running through our offense," Lindner said. "The girls worked hard and we're off to a nice start, but there's always room to improve."
The Trojans travel to play Windom in the front end of a boy-girl Southwest Conference doubleheader on Friday. Worthington, which is 1-0 in the league, tips off with the Eagles at 6 p.m.
Alex Christianson 7-12 1-2 15, Sierra Schrader 0-1 0-0 0, Kayla Lardy 2-7 1-2 5, Kristen Campe 6-9 1-1 13, Emily Kim 2-5 0-0 5, Tracy Thiesse 2-3 0-0 4, Madison Geerdes 0-3 2-4 2, Emily Wegener 1-6 1-2 3, Pauli Anderson 0-0 2-2 2, Quincy Quiring 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 8-13 49.
Ana Boever 4-13 5-7 15, K.C. Riley 3-7 3-4 10, Brooke Henning 3-9 0-0 7, Lydia Kemper 2-6 0-0 4, Paige Gravenhof 8-18 4-7 22, Whitney Coriolan 1-5 1-2 3, Rebecca Linder 3-3 0-0 8, Tracy Thongvonh 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-62 13-20 71.
3-pointers: Worthington 8-23 (Linder 2-2, Gravenhof 2-4, Boever 2-10, Riley 1-1, Henning 1-4, Kemper 0-2); Fairmont 1-4 (Kim 1-1, Campe 0-2, Thiesse 0-1). Fouled out: Kemper. Rebounds: Fairmont 36 (Christianson and Lardy 10 each); Worthington 30 (Boever 7). Assists: Fairmont 15 (Lardy 4); Worthington 11 (Boever and Gravenhof 4 each). Steals: Worthington 18 (Boever 6, Gravenhof 4); Fairmont 9 (Campe 4). Blocked shots: Boever 4, Lardy 4, Christianson 3.
Fulda 76, Murray County Central 60
SLAYTON -- Rachel Cheadle and Melissa Gehl each notched a double-double to lead the Fulda Raiders past the Murray County Central Rebels in the Red Rock Conference.
Cheadle totaled game highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Gehl added 22 points and 11 boards.
A 20-5 run to open the second half helped the Raiders expand a three-point halftime lead.
Courtney Tiesler hit double figures for Fulda (2-0, 1-0) with 12 points and also dished out five assists and collected six steals. Sariah Cheadle added seven rebounds and six assists for the visitors.
Jenna Ness (three assists) led Murray County Central (0-3, 0-1) with 20 points, while Morgan Behrends tallied a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Taylor Schreier added nine points and five steals, Haley Bose hauled down eight boards and Jade Giese dished out three assists for the Rebels.
Both teams return to action Friday as the Raiders host Red Rock Central, while the Rebels travel to Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Adrian 50, Mountain Lake Area 38
MOUTAIN LAKE -- Janessa Peters scored 22 points for the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines in a 12-point Red Rock Conference loss to the Adrian Dragons Tuesday.
Despite trailing 26-21 at halftime, Adrian (4-0, 3-0) put up 29 points in the second half, while holding MLA to 12 points to earn the win.
Courtney Vaske led the Dragons in scoring with 12 points, while Rachel Kontz had 11 and Jordin Kopplow added nine.
Aside from her 22 points in the game, Peters led the Wolverines in rebounds with nine. Rachel Dukes added eight points for Mountain Lake Area (1-2, 0-1).
The Wolverines travel to Renville to play Renville County West Tuesday, while the Dragons look to stay undefeated as they travel to Ellsworth Friday.
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 60, Red Rock Central 40
JEFFERS -- Taking the ball to the hoop with authority, Paige Erickson scored a game-high 25 points Tuesday night which helped Westbrook-Walnut Grove roll to a 20-point victory over eastern rival Red Rock Central.
Erickson also blocked three shots and pulled down a team-leading 13 rebounds for the Chargers (1-2, 1-0), while teammates Elizabeth Woelber (seven assists, three steals), Dayna Comnick (three blocks) and Kelsi Wahl each scored 10 points.
RRC (0-3, 0-2), which scored just 10 points in the first half, was paced by the double-figure scoring of Melanie Kedl (13) and Katie Larsen (12), while Tegan Derickson and Brooke Rasmussen contributed eight and seven points, respectively.
W-WG hosts Murray County Central Friday and RRC travels to Fulda the same night.
Hills-Beaver Creek 50, Southwestern United 43
OKABENA -- Leading nearly the entire game, the visiting Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots snapped a 40-all tie in the contest's final three minutes by scoring 10 of the last 13 points and claimed a seven-point win over Southwestern United.
Megan Leuthold scored 16 points for the undefeated Patriots (2-0, 1-0), while teammates Paige Leuthold and Haley Van Wyhe each tallied 10 points.
SWU sophomore guard Courtney Place netted 11-of-15 free throws and produced a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats (0-3, 0-2), while also passing for five assists, claiming seven rebounds and blocking three shots.
Kailey Wendland, also a sophomore, contributed eight points and four rebounds for SWU, while Sonja Peters scored five points.
The Patriots host Edgerton Friday night and the Wildcats host Blue Earth Area Saturday.
Southwest Christian 66, Edgerton 34
EDGERTON -- Southwest Christian traveled a trio of blocks to the northeast and claimed a 32-point victory over the Flying Dutchmen, paced by the 21-point performance of Amber Pater, who also hauled down six rebounds.
Hannah Van Dyke (five assists, four steals) and Savannah Tinklenberg (six rebounds) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Eagles (2-1, 1-0), while Jennifer Schmidt claimed a team-high seven rebounds.
Edgerton (0-3, 0-2) was paced by Jessica Menning (13 points, eight rebounds, Ciara Everett (eight points), Tara DeKam (five points, 10 rebounds), Tanner Gunnink (five points) and Sarah Post (three assists, three steals).
The Flying Dutchmen travel to Hills-Lake Park on Friday and the Eagles host Dawson-Boyd on Saturday.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 58, Windom 55
TRACY -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to claim a three-point win in a non-conference clash between a pair of Section 3AA rivals.
Sophomore Cassie Hook scored 15 points to lead T-M-B (1-1), while freshman Sara Stoneberg netted a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 14 points and six steals for the Panthers.
Windom outrebounded T-M-B by a 39-28 margin, but had 21 turnovers in the game.
Gina Hauge scored a game-high 21 points and Jasmine Carlson notched 11 points for the Eagles (2-1) who lost their first game of the season.
T-M-B travels to Ivanhoe Thursday to tangle with Lincoln HI and Windom hosts Worthington Friday.
Harris-Lake Park 42, West Bend-Mallard 29
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- Mariah Gath scored a game-high 13 points and Noreen Morrow produced a 17-rebound, 11-point double-double as the Harris-Lake Park Wolves cruised past the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines in the Cornbelt Conference Tuesday.
Miranda Brueggeman added eight points, while Grace Winters collected nine rebounds for the Wolves, who held the Wolverines to 10 first-half points.
Sarah Mader and Courtney Bargman scored nine and seven points, respectively, to lead West Bend-Mallard (1-3, 0-2).
Harris-Lake Park (3-2, 1-0) travels to Corwith on Friday for a conference contest with Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne.
George-Little Rock 74, Rock Valley 46
GEORGE, Iowa -- Trailing 13-9 after one quarter, the George-Little Rock Mustangs outscored the Rock Valley Rockets, 27-6, in the second quarter to take command of Tuesday's Siouxland Conference girls basketball game.
Keeley Kruse led the Mustangs with 13 points, while Mariah Terhark totaled a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jessica Sandbulte added 10 points and Danielle Eben just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Rock Valley (1-3, 1-3) was led by Monserrat Figueroa's 13 points and Karen Sanchez's 11 points.
George-Little Rock (3-1, 3-1) travels to Orange City Friday for a conference game with MOC-Floyd Valley, which is ranked No. 2 in Iowa Class 3A.
Central Lyon 63, West Lyon 29
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Ten players found the scoring sheet for Central Lion as the Lions limited rival West Lyon to 2 first-quarter points en route to a big Siouxland Conference victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday.
Lexi Ackerman paced the Lions with 22 points, nine steals eight assists and five rebounds, while Sarah Halse added nine points and five rebounds.
Central Lyon (4-1, 3-1) forced 38 West Lyon (0-5, 0-4) turnovers with 23 of those coming from Lion steals. The Lions committed 23 turnovers.
The Lions travel to Okoboji Friday for a conference game.
Okoboji 64, Sheldon 53
MILFORD, Iowa -- Krista Bousema scored eight of her team-high 13 points to help the Orabs win the third quarter, but it was not enough as Sheldon fell to the Okoboji Pioneers in the Siouxland Conference on Tuesday.
Abbie Provost added 12 points for Sheldon (2-3, 2-2).
Okoboji (4-1, 3-1) had four players score in double figures, led by Abby Taylor's game-high 17 points.
The Orabs return to action Friday, hosting the Rock Valley Rockets in a conference game.
MOC-Floyd Valley 56, Sibley-Ocheyedan 19
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals fell to MOC-Floyd Valley in the Siouxland Conference Tuesday.
Alexis Conaway led MOC-Floyd Valley (5-0, 4-0) with 16 points, seven rebounds and nine steals.
Sibley-Ocheyedan (3-2, 2-2) hosts Sioux Center Friday.