PREP BASKETBALL: Eagles improve to 17-1
FULDA -- Scoring 64 points on 28 first-half field goals, the Southwest Christian Eagles improved to 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the Red Rock Conference with an 89-42 victory over the Fulda Raiders in boys basketball Thursday night.
The Eagles made 26 2's and 10 3's in the game and received 71 of their 89 points from their starters, led by Dominic Nibbelink's 22 points. Nate Pfeifle and Leighton Sampson each added 14 points, while Klint Knutson had 12 and Eric Talsma totaled nine.
Andy Oakland led the Raiders with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Zach Holt and Trevor Ruesch each scored six points. Holt swiped four steals for Fulda (7-14, 5-6), which travels to Edgerton tonight in a game that was moved up from Feb. 15.
Southwest Christian hosts Worthington in a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
SWC 64 25 -- 89
Fulda 28 14 -- 42
MLA 76, W-WG 57
MOUNTAIN LAKE -- The Mountain Lake Area Wolverines shot 52 percent from the field (27 of 52), earning a Red Rock Conference victory over the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers Thursday night.
Carter Kirk totaled of double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wolverines. Andrew Hempeck added 16 points and Josiah Stoesz tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as MLA improved to 17-3 overall and 11-0 in the Red Rock.
Alex Knutson led the Chargers with 21 points and six assists, while Taylor Lindaman scored 16 points. W-WG (6-12, 3-8) shot 38 percent on field goals (20-for-53).
Both teams travel for conference games Tuesday. Mountain Lake Area is at Red Rock Central, while Westbrook-Walnut Grove takes on Fulda.
W-WG 17 40 -- 57
MLA 37 39 -- 76
SWU 65, RRC 44
OKABENA -- Limiting Red Rock Central to a 28 percent (16 of 57) night from the field, Southwestern United took control early and maintained a double-figure lead most of the game as the Wildcats posted a 21-point win over the Falcons in the Red Rock Conference.
The Wildcats (8-9, 6-5) and Falcons (10-8, 6-5) are now tied for third in the standings of the 11-team league.
Playing strong team defense, SWU opened up leads of 16-7 and 26-9 in the first half and later owned a 44-22 advantage in the second half.
RRC had a 7-0 run late in the first half, which helped trim the Wildcats' lead to 28-16 at intermission and rallied with an 11-2 surge midway through the second half, slicing SWU's lead to 46-33.
But, the Wildcats scored 19 of the game's final 30 points to clinch a well-balanced victory, putting nine players in the scoring column.
Andrew Kramer pulled down nine rebounds and netted a game-high 20 points to lead SWU, while Zach Schumacher (game-high 14 rebounds) tallied 12 points.
Cole Bosma connected on a trio of first-half 3-pointers for the Wildcats and also contributed with his ball-handling, four assists and three steals.
Brandon Thurk drew a couple of charges, claimed five rebounds and scored nine points for SWU, while Justin Jass (five rebounds, three assists), Mark Ferguson (four assists) and Erik Jass (three assists) were among the other statistical leaders for the Wildcats, who host Granada-Huntley-East Chain tonight in an important game for Section 2A seeding purposes.
Jeff DeCock scored 18 points and dished off five assists to lead the Falcons, while Henry Rogotzke tallied 11 points.
Tyler Halland and Maison Miller claimed seven and six rebounds, respectively, to lead RRC on the boards.
The Falcons resume conference action tonight with a game at Ellsworth.
RRC 16 28 -- 44
SW United 28 37 -- 65
H-BC 82, Edgerton 68
EDGERTON -- Jeff Sandbulte's 34 points, 11 rebounds and three assists helped the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots overcome a 23-7 deficit early in the first half to topple the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in the Red Rock Conference Thursday night.
Dylan Gehrke scored 23 points to aid the Patriots' cause, while Carey Taubert also reached double figures with 10 points. Jon Gallagher grabbed 11 rebounds for H-BC (9-9, 6-5), which hosts Adrian Tuesday.
Edgerton (5-10, 4-7), which saw its early lead disappear when the team ran into foul trouble and the Patriots surged to claim a 35-34 lead with under 3 minutes to play in the opening half, was led by Brett Ford's 18 points.
Isaac Heard had a nice game for the Dutchmen with 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists, while Jesse Berning scored 14 points and Jake Post had two steals.
Edgerton hosts Fulda tonight in a game that was originally scheduled to be played Feb. 15.
H-BC 45 37 -- 82
Edgerton 36 32 -- 68
MCC 68, Adrian 55
SLAYTON -- Grant Everson totaled 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Murray County Central Rebels beat the Adrian Dragons in the Red Rock Conference Thursday night.
Logan Kluis added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Cole Bly scored nine points and Jack Thony had six rebounds and five steals. Aaron Boock claimed six rebounds for the Rebels, who improved to 3-14 overall and 3-9 in the league.
Brady Lonneman scored a game-high 22 points and added six rebounds and two steals for the Dragons, while Nick Reyne and Taylor Recker each had 11 points. Recker claimed nine rebounds, Reyne grabbed six boards and Ben Henning had four steals and two assists for Adrian (1-18, 1-10).
MCC travels to Pipestone Area for a non-league game Saturday, while Adrian heads to Hills to play a conference game with Hills-Beaver Creek Tuesday.
Adrian 18 37 -- 55
MCC 29 39 -- 68
Lincoln HI 35, T-M-B 34
IVANHOE -- The Lincoln HI Rebels overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to edge the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers in the Camden Conference Thursday night.
Jordan Beck led all scorers with 15 points to lead Lincoln HI (6-12, 4-8).
Parker Lanoue topped the Panthers with nine points and six rebounds, while Josh Kirk also had six rebounds and Alec Swan compiled five points, four assists and two steals.
T-M-B (5-13, 3-6) hosts Russell-Tyler-Ruthton tonight.
T-M-B 19 15 -- 34
Lincoln HI 11 24 -- 35
Windom Area 40
WINDOM -- Gina Hauge scored nine points for the Windom Area Eagles girls' basketball team in a Southwest Conference loss to the Marshall Tigers Thursday night.
Rachel Sorensen had eight points for the Eagles, while Kelsey Hanefeld added six points.
Marshall had three players in double-digits, including Kenzie Beekman, who had a game-high 20 points for the Tigers. Morgan Beekman added 18 points, while Sarah Buysse had 13 points.
The Eagles (11-10, 6-4) play Montevideo Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University's R/A Facility in Marshall.
Marshall 48 26 -- 72
Windom Area 18 22 -- 40
R-T-R 57, PA 46
PIPESTONE -- Destinee Strand scored 20 points to lead Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (13-7) to a non-conference road win over the Pipestone Area Arrows Thursday night.
Nine players scored for the Arrows, led by Amanda Haupert's nine points. Cassie Evans and Megan Remund added eight and seven points, respectively, for Pipestone Area (1-19).
The Arrows host Jackson County Central in a Southwest Conference game tonight.
R-T-R 24 33 -- 57
Pipestone Area 20 26 -- 46
George-Little Rock 57, Spalding Catholic 26