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PREP BASKETBALL: SWC staves off MCC to stay perfect in conference play

SLAYTON -- The Southwest Christian Eagles held off the Murray County Central Rebels during a girls basketball game Monday night to finish the season undefeated in the Red Rock Conference.

Despite winning the game, the Eagles trailed by five at halftime. The Rebels were able to feed the ball inside on multiple baskets in the first, while the Eagles went cold from the field. But SWC powered back in the second, outscoring MCC 37-27 to get the comeback win.

Hannah Van Dyke picked up 22 points to lead the Eagles, while Amber Pater eclipsed the 1,000 point mark on her way to 21 points in the game. Jennifer Schmidt picked up 11 points and six rebounds for SWC.

Jade Giese led the Rebels with 16 points and three assists, while Taylor Schreier added 14 points and three assists. Jenna Ness picked up 12 points and two blocks for MCC to go along with 11 rebounds by Morgan Behrends.

The Eagles (20-4, 16-0) have a first-round bye in the Class A Section 2 South Division Tournament and play Saturday in Worthington against the winner of the No. 10 Edgerton/No. 7 Westbrook-Walnut Grove game, which will be played Thursday.

The Rebels (9-11, 8-8) take on the No. 3 Adrian Dragons Saturday in Worthington in the quarterfinals of the Class A Section 2 South Division Tournament.

SWC 30 37 -- 67

MCC 35 27 -- 62

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 56,

Mountain Lake Area 45

WESTBROOK -- After trailing by nine at halftime, the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers scored 36 second-half points to defeat the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines Monday.

The Wolverines outhustled the Chargers in the first half to jump out to a 29-20 lead by halftime, but W-WG was able to adjust in the second half to get the comeback win.

Paige Erickson led the Chargers with 17 points, five steals, 13 rebounds, three blocks and four assists on the night. Elizabeth Woelber picked up 11 points and five assists in the game, while Dayna Comnick added nine points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Mountain Lake Area was paced by Janessa Peters' 18 points to go along with 12 points by Whitney Klassen.

The Chargers (10-12, 8-8) host No. 8 Ellsworth Thursday in the first round of the Class A Section 3 South Division Tournament.

The Wolverines (11-13, 6-10) travel to No. 4 St. Clair Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Class A Section 2 South Division Tournament.

W-WG 20 36 -- 56

MLA 29 16 -- 45

WHS vs. New Ulm

Stats from Saturday

WHS 81,

NEW ULM 36

WHS (18-5): Boever 7 0-1 17; Ebbers 1 0-0 3; Landgaard 5 3-3 13; Henning 5 2-2 12; Kemper 2 3-4 8; Linder 2 0-0 4; Gravenhof 4 0-1 9; Riley 3 2-4 10; Thongvahn 1 0-0 2; 1 1-4 3; Coriolan 1 1-4 3; Ap. Alwal 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32 11-19 81.

NEW ULM (0-21): Ahlness 8; Sieve 4; Schneider 8; Bolduan 5; Anderson 4; Dittrich 7. Totals: 36.

WHS 43 38 -- 81

New Ulm 20 16 -- 36

3-Point Goals: WHS 6 (Boever 3, Ebbers, Kemper, Gravenhof); New Ulm 2 (Dittrich 2). Rebounds: WHS 42 (Boever 9, Kemper 7, Henning 8, Gravenhof 8); New Ulm 19. Assists: WHS 24 (Gravenhof 9); New Ulm 14. Steals: WHS 16 (Boever 3, Kemper 3, Gravenhof 4); New Ulm 7. Blocked Shots: WHS 4; New Ulm 4. Turnovers: WHS 16, New Ulm 22.

BOYS

Ellsworth 92,

Edgerton 88

EDGERTON -- Despite shooting 0-for-8 through two overtime periods, the Ellsworth Panthers nailed all four free-throws in the third overtime to outlast the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen during a Red Rock Conference boys' basketball game Monday.

The Panthers led by two at halftime, but the Dutchmen were able to force overtime after outscoring Ellsworth 34-32 in the second. The teams matched each other point-for-point through two overtimes before the Panthers sunk four free-throws in the third OT and shut out the Dutchmen's offense for the win.

Mitch Leuthold scored 25 points to go along with seven rebounds to lead the Panthers, while John Kramer added 18 points and eight assists. Justine Kruse chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds. Daniel Kramer and Drew Cheskie both picked up 13 points on the night.

Brett Ford notched a game-high 29 points for the Patriots, while Austin Mertens scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Isaac Heard picked up 15 points to go along with seven assists.

The Panthers (7-17, 6-9) host the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots Friday, while the Dutchmen (7-11, 5-8) travel to Slayton to take on Murray County Central today.

Ells. 35 32 12 9 4 -- 92

Edg. 33 34 12 9 0 -- 88

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