PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Dragons earn first win of year
ADRIAN - Putting five players in double figures and shooting a sizzling 77.3 percent (34-of-44) at the free throw line Friday night, Adrian earned its first boys' basketball victory of the season with a high-scoring 88-76 triumph over Southwestern United in a Red Rock Conference game.
The Dragons (1-17, 1-9), who have been close to winning several times this season, jumped out a quick 9-2 lead and then rallied to overcome a five-point deficit and held a slim 34-32 edge at intermission.
Adrian worked to a pair of seven-point leads early in the second half and later extended the advantage to as much as 15 points, leading 67-52 with just over eight minutes remaining.
The Wildcats (7-8, 5-5) rallied several times, slicing the gap to seven, 83-76, inside of two minutes - but the Dragons scored their final five points at the free throw line to clinch the well-balanced victory.
Nick Reyne, a 6-2 junior forward, scored a game-high 24 points - 19 in the second half - to lead the Dragons, while handling the ball effectively and distributing four assists.
Taylor Recker, a 6-3 sophomore forward, contributed 21 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and came up with three steals for the Dragons. Recker, who tallied 13 points in the second half, was a perfect eight-for-eight at the free throw line, including two in the last minute.
Collin Kemper, a 5-6 sophomore guard, was even better at the line, netting all nine of his shots. He also made a pair of timely 3-pointers and finished with 15 points - 10 in the second half - for Adrian.
Brady Lonneman, a 6-3 sophomore center, had a fine all-around game with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for AHS.
Theron Miller, a hard-working 6-2 sophomore center, scored 10 points for the Dragons and Ben Henning, a 5-6 sophomore forward, tallied five first-half points, including an early 3-pointer.
The Dragons connected on eight 3-pointers in the game - spread among five players - and had a total of 37 rebounds.
The Wildcats, who were guilty of 35 fouls in the game and had five players foul out, received sparkling offensive performances from Zach Schumacher (nine rebounds) and Andrew Kramer (five steals), who scored 23 and 21 points, respectively.
Schumacher scored 20 of his points in the second half, sparking SWU's late rally.
Justin Jass (nine points) and Cole Bosma each had four assists for the Wildcats, who claimed 33 rebounds in the game, but were outscored by a commanding 23-point margin at the free throw line - shooting just 47.8 percent (11-of-23).
SWU hosts Harris-Lake Park at Round Lake Tuesday, while Adrian is idle until a Thursday clash with Murray County Central at Slayton.
SW United 32 44 - 76
Adrian 34 54 - 88
Hills-Beaver Creek 63, Murray County Central 48
SLAYTON -- Jeff Sandbulte (seven rebounds) led a quartet of Patriots in double-digit scoring with 20 points as Hills-Beaver Creek improved to .500 in the Red Rock Conference with a win over Murray County Central Friday.
Dylan Gehrke (eight rebounds, three blocks) followed Sandbulte's game-high with 13 points. Carey Taubert (seven rebounds) and Jon Gallagher (nine rebounds) each added 12 points for H-BC (7-9, 5-5), which travels to Ivanhoe to play Lincoln HI in a non-league game Monday.
Sam Erickson (two blocks) topped the Rebels with 10 points, while Jack Thony and Seth Bass each had eight points and four rebounds. Thony and Grant Everson collected four and three steals, respectively. MCC (2-13, 2-8) travels to Fulda Monday.
H-BC 42 21 -- 63
MCC 34 14 -- 48
Southwest Christian 88, Red Rock Central 44
EDGERTON -- Leighton Sampson and Eric Talsma each produced a double-double to lead Southwest Christian past Red Rock Central in the Red Rock Conference Friday.
Sampson scored a game-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Talsma added four steals and three assists along with his 12 points and 10 rebounds.
SWC (15-2, 10-0) also received 16 points from Klint Knutson, Nate Pfeifle's 11 points and eight rebounds from Cole Vis. Dominic Nibbelink (eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists) and Clayton Huisken (seven points, six assists, three steals) each assembled solid stat lines for the Eagles.
Jeff DeCock's 17 points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks led the Falcons, while Thomas Blomgren added eight points.
RRC (9-7, 6-4), which received six points and three rebounds from Henry Rogotzke in limited minutes due to illness, plays Lakeview today at SMSU in Marshall.
Southwest Christian plays Sisseton, S.D., today in the Sanford Pentagon Classic at Brandon Valley High School in Brandon, S.D.
RRC 23 21 -- 44
SWC 50 38 -- 88
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 44
WESTBROOK --Jorge Lopez and Brett Ford each scored 14 points, while Isaac Heard and Austin Mertens each added 12 points as the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen soared past the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers in the Red Rock Conference.
Lopez and Mertens each completed a double-double for the Dutchmen with 10 and 14 rebounds, respectively. Edgerton (5-9, 4-6) hosts Hills-Beaver Creek in a league game Thursday.
Alex Knutson and Taylor Lindaman each scored 10 points to top Westbrook-Walnut Grove (6-10, 3-7). The Chargers entertain Cedar Mountain/Comfrey in a non-league contest Tuesday.
Edgerton 37 24 -- 61
W-WG 20 24 -- 44
Marshall 82, Luverne 63
MARSHALL -- Derek Buysse poured in 22 points Friday night, helping the Marshall Tigers claim a 19-point victory over the Luverne Cardinals in a key Southwest Conference boys' basketball game.
Marshall (16-2, 9-0) clinched at least a share of the conference crown, as the Tigers now own a three-game lead over second-place Luverne (13-6, 6-3) with three league games remaining.
Austin Saugstad scored 16 points for Marshall, while both Riley Sharbono and Tanner Bukowski finished with 14 points for the Tigers -- who outscored the Cardinals 47-33 in the second half to extend their 35-30 halftime lead.
Brett Heronimus poured in 22 points to lead Luverne. Matt Arends and Matt Overgaard added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Cardinals.
Marshall travels to play Blake today, while Luverne hosts Worthington Tuesday.
Luverne 30 33 -- 63
Marshall 35 47 -- 82
Sheldon 69, West Lyon 60
SHELDON, Iowa -- Dallas Ennema scored 25 points to lead the Sheldon Orabs to a Siouxland Conference over West Lyon Friday night.
James Gradert added 14 points, Chris Balster scored 12 more and Nate Oostra completed the Orabs' double-digit scorers with 11.
Cody Bauman led West Lyon (12-7, 10-6) with 21 points, while Brandon Snyder and Kaleb Heyer each totaled 10 points.
Sheldon (18-2, 14-2) travels to play Central Lyon in a league game Tuesday.
West Lyon 14 16 11 19 -- 60
Sheldon 17 16 13 23 -- 69
Windom Area 63,
Redwood Valley 54
WINDOM -- Collin Lovell dropped 24 points and picked up eight rebounds to lead the Windom Area Eagles past the Redwood Valley Cardinals Friday.
Windom Area led by five at halftime and held Redwood Valley's Alec Koster to just nine points in game to squeeze out its third conference win of the year.
Andy Pfeffer picked up 14 points, seven rebounds and dished out six assists for the Eagles, while Jacob Gotto had 13 points in the game.
Koster and Mitchell Fischer led the Cardinals with nine points.
The Eagles (9-9, 3-7) take on Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Monday in Tracy.
RWV 19 35 -- 54
WA 24 39 -- 63
H-LP 68, G-T/R-A 45
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- Eli Ihnen became the all-time leading scorer for the Harris-Lake Park Wolves with 1, 528 points after scoring 28 points against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Friday.
The Wolves led by nine at halftime and used an 18-3 run in the fourth quarter to run away with the win.
Tanner Hiveley had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolves, while Colin Brons had 12 points and five rebounds.
Trevor Hagedorn led Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire with 13 points.
The Wolves (18-1, 10-0) take on Southwestern United Tuesday in Round Lake.
G-T/R-A 13 6 17 9 -- 45
H-LP 11 17 19 21 -- 68
Central Lyon 75,
George-Little Rock 47
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Nic Lutmer scored 24 points for the Central Lyon Lions in a win over the George-Little Rock Mustangs Friday.
The Lions went 7 of 15 from behind the arc in the first half to take a 48-23 halftime lead and cruised on to the win.
Kalen Eckenrod and Cole Schleusner had 10 points for the Lions, while Eckenrod added five assists. Lutmer also had 11 rebounds in the game.
Tanner Ver Steg picked up 21 points for the Mustangs on the night.
The Lions (10-10, 6-10) host Sheldon Tuesday, while the Mustangs (2-17, 1-15) take on Boyden-Hull Tuesday in Hull.
C. Lyon 20 28 13 14 -- 75
G-LR 15 8 13 11 -- 47
Boyden-Hull 67, S-O 43
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Grant Juber picked up 14 points for the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals in a loss to Boyden-Hull Friday.
The Generals trailed 33-14 at halftime and picked up just 29 points the rest of the way.
Devin Vander Veen added 10 points for Sibley-Ocheyedan in the game.
Colin Bolkema had 23 points for Boyden-Hull.
The Generals (1- 17, 0-16) hosts Okoboji Tuesday.
B-H 14 19 19 15 -- 67
S-O 5 9 6 23 -- 43
MLA 66, Ellsworth 55
ELLSWORTH - Holding Ellsworth to just 18 second-half points, Mountain Lake Area posted its 16th consecutive win by rallying to overcome a four-point deficit at intermission.
Carter Kirk led the Wolverines (16-2, 10-0) with 28 points and 14 rebounds, while Josiah Stoesz contributed 12 points and six rebounds.
Andrew Hempeck and Zach Dickens netted nine and eight points, respectively, for MLA, which travels to play Sleepy Eye St. Mary's Tuesday.
Mitch Leuthold connected on five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lead Ellsworth (6-13, 5-6), while Tim Nolte scored 11 points, hitting a trio of 3-pointers.
Dan Kramer and Drew Cheskie (five rebounds) each scored nine points for the Panthers and D'Shaun Herman claimed seven rebounds.
Ellsworth plays Centerville S.D. at noon today in the Sanford-Pentagon Classic in Brandon, S.D.
MLA 33 33 - 66
Ellsworth 37 18 - 55