Prep basketball: SWC boys roll over H-BC; Ellsworth and Adrian win
HILLS — Defending state Class A boys basketball champion Southwest Christian dominated Hills-Beaver Creek Tuesday night with outstanding shooting, rolling to a 77-40 victory.
The Eagles converted on nine of 12 three-point shots in the first half en route to a 47-16 halftime lead, then stayed in control in running their record to 2-0 while dropping the Patriots to 0-2.
Senior guard Nate Pfeifle led Southwest Christian with 30 points, which included eight three-pointers. Leighton Sampson added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Luke Nibbelink scored 11 points.
Clayton Huisken had five steals and six assists for the winners.
For Hills-Beaver Creek, Carey Taubert had 14 points and Dylan Gehrke 11. Hills-Beaver Creek was cold in the first half, hitting only seven of its 23 field goal attempts.
Southwest 47 77
H-BC 16 40
Ellsworth 62, Edgerton 41
ELLSWORTH —Senior John Kramer had 13 points and eight assists to help Ellsworth to a clear victory over Edgerton. Mitch Leuthold had 14 points and four assists. Justin Kruse contributed 16 points and Drew Cheskie 12. Tim Nolte had eight rebounds for the Panthers.
Ellsworth prevailed with a strong inside game. Once Edgerton tried to contain the Panthers’ offense near the boards, the Panthers hit their shots from outside.
Sophomore guard Luke Drooger led Edgerton with 12 points and senior guard Jesse Berning scored 10. Austin Mertens had 14 rebounds and Bailey Fey had three assists.
With the win, Ellsworth moved to 5-0 on the season.
Edgerton 12 41
Ellsworth 32 62
Adrian 55, Fulda 52
FULDA — Adrian’s final punch was a lasting one, in a game of runs. The Dragons outlasted Fulda 55-52 on the road.
Taylor Recker scored 21 points to lead all scorers. Brady Lonneman and Nick Reyne each scored 12.
For Fulda, Josh Ramerth led the way, scoring 14 points and collecting nine rebounds. Cole Dierks scored 12, Brian Fenske scored 10 and Bennett Appel scored 10.
Recker and Reyne each had big buckets down the stretch to put away the game. The contest was tied at 50-50 with 50 seconds remaining. Recker had a bucket that started it and Reyne got a steal and easy layup that sealed it for the Dragons.
Adrian improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in Red Rock Conference play. Fulda dropped to 0-3 overal and 0-2 in Red Rock action.
Adrian 29 55
Fulda 30 52
MLA 73, W-WG 50
MOUNTAIN LAKE —Carter Kirk pulled down 15 rebounds and passed for five assists, to along with 19 points, as Mountain Lake Area claimed a 23-point victory over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Kirk’s teammates Cody Klassen (19 points, eight rebounds) and Andrew Hempeck (eight points, six assists) were also major contributors for the Wolverines, who played their first game of the new season.
Shane Buchman (12 rebounds) and Tristan Joel scored 19 and 12 points, respectively, for the Chargers (0-3).
W-WG 21 50
MLA 38 73
Marshall 63, WA 27
WINDOM —Marshall’s suffocating half-court defense forced numerous Windom Area turnovers and resulted in lots of easy baskets for the Tigers, who built a 35-14 halftime lead and continued to roll after intermission.
Riley Sharbano paced Marshall’s balanced offensive attack with 15 points, while Bryce Bever (seven rebounds) scored a team-high 13 points for the Eagles (1-2, 0-1).
Marshall 35 63
Windom Area 14 27
Luverne 66, SWU 56
OKABENA —Overcoming an early 7-2 deficit with an impressive 27-2 run, Luverne stormed out to a 29-9 lead on Southwestern United and held off the Wildcats in an evenly-played second half.
Luverne seniors Josh Slieter (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Blake Ziegler (11 points, nine assists) were the catalysts for the Cardinals (1-2), who effectively utilized a variety of fullcout pressing tactics.
Aaron Fest paced the Wildcats (1-1) with 17 points, while fellow seniors Zach Schumacher (11 points), Brandon Thurk (10 points, five rebounds) and Walker Crocker (five rebounds, four assists) also helped SWU stay within range after intermission.
The Wildcats host Hills-Beaver Creek Thursday.
Luverne 36 66
SW United 21 56
MCC 75, RRC 33
SLAYTON —Murray County Central rolled to a 51-15 halftime lead on Red Rock Central and won going away.
Grant Everson ripped the nets for a game-high 19 points and dished off six assists to lead the Rebels, while Grant Rohrer scored 16 points and claimed 11 rebounds. Jaden Boerboom netted 10 points for MCC’s high-powered offense.
Thomas Blomgren and Sam Halter each scored 10 points for the Falcons, who shot a mere 27 percent (12 of 45) from the field.
RRC 15 33
MCC 51 75
T-M-B 76, R-T-R 67
TRACY —Josh Kirk scored 24 points to lead Tracy-Milroy-Balaton to an early-season Camden Conference victory over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.
Spencer Smith (17) and Brady Lanoue (13) combined for 30 more points for the Panthers, while Brett Swenhaugen had seven rebounds.
Brett Peterson (22 points, eight assists, 10 rebounds) turned in a stellar all-around game for the Knights, while Brett Vercruysse contributed 18 points for R-T-R.
R-T-R 32 67
T-M-B 41 76
E-LC 74, H-LP 61
LAKE PARK, Iowa —Trailing by a point at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Estherville-Lincoln Central put 27 points on the board in the closing eight minutes and posted a 13-point win over Harris-Lake Park in the season-opener for both squads.
Joe Heinricks and Justin Heinricks each scored 23 points to lead E-LC, while the Wolves had four players tally double figures.
Jordan Kyle produced a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, both team-highs. Cole Bosma scored 16 points for the Wolves, while Skylar Cudmore (six rebounds) and Brady Van Iperen each notched a dozen points.
H-LP hosts Okoboji Thursday night.
E-LC 14 31 47 74
H-LP 21 30 48 61
Sheldon 48, S-O 39
SHELDON, Iowa — Sheldon turned a corner in the third quarter, downing Sibley-Ocheyedan 48-39 at home.
Turner DeJong and Collin Wolthuizen each scored a dozen points for the Orabs while S-O finished with Ty Hanna scoring 15 points and Devin Vander Veen scoring 12.
Sibley-Ocheyedan led the game 23-18 at halftime. It was each team’s season opener.
S-O 23 39
Sheldon 18 48
G-LR 66, Okoboji 54
OKOBOJI, Iowa —Vaulting out to an 11- point lead after the first quarter, George-Little Rock maintained a double-digit advangtage the rest of the way in a season-opening win over the Okoboji Pioneers.
Point guard Tanner Ver Steeg scored 26 points to lead the Mustangs, while also distributing a trio of assists and pulling down eight rebounds.
Jesse Koerselman, a 6-6 post player, blocked four shots, ripped down a dozen rebounds and tallied 16 points for G-LR, while Jake Hilbrands (11 points) and Austin Hayenga (nine points, four assists) also had big contributions for the Mustangs, who host Sheldon Friday night.
G-LR 21 31 45 66
Okoboji 10 18 34 54
MOC/FV 69, CL 66
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa —Levi Jansen scored 24 points and Christian Korber and Mitchell Yaw contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead Maurice-Orange City/Floyd Valley to a three-point win over Central Lyon in the season-opener for both squads.
Four players tallied double figures for the Lions, as Grant Metzger (18), Mick Lutmer (17), Kalen Eckenrod (11) and Carter Roskam (11) combined for 57 of CL’s points. The Lions host Sioux Center Friday.