PREP BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Raiders clip Eagles in battle of undefeated conference teams
FULDA -- In a highly-anticipated Red Rock Conference high school girls' basketball game Tuesday night between a pair of teams who were undefeated in league action, the red-hot Fulda Raiders dominated from beginning to end, claiming a 25-point victory over Southwest Christian, 87-62.
Vaulting out to an impressive 40-19 lead, the Raiders took a 47-31 advantage into the intermission break and never looked back, outscoring the Eagles by nine points in the second half.
In improving to 10-2 for the season and a perfect 6-0 in the Red Rock, Fulda had four players net double figures in the scoring column and also received stellar efforts from both Rachel Cheadle (11 rebounds, four points) and Brittney Hermeling (seven steals, five assists, five points).
The Raiders came up with a total of 21 steals in the game, forcing 31 Southwest Christian turnovers.
Pacing Fulda's scoring barrage was the duo of Courtney Hulstein and Tiffany Gehl who combined for 52 points.
Hulstein, who scored 39 points in Fulda's Monday night, 85-46, victory over George-Little Rock, netted 28 points Tuesday night, giving her 67 in a 26-hour span.
Hulstein, who handles the ball for the Raiders, also dished off eight assists, claimed nine rebounds and came up with five steals.
Gehl pulled down eight rebounds and hustled for five steals, while scoring a career-high 24 points to contribute big-time to Fulda's outstanding all-around performance.
Melissa Gehl (12 points, nine rebounds) and Brooke Wenzel (10 points) combined for 22 more points for the Raiders, who play at Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Friday.
Leading Southwest Christian (8-1, 6-1) were Megan De Ruyter and Amber Pater with 15 and 12 points, respectively, while Deidra Vander Woude and Jennifer Schmidt each scored nine points.
The Eagles host Red Rock Central Friday night.
SW Christian 31 31 -- 62
Fulda 47 40 -- 87
Ellsworth 50, Adrian 37
ADRIAN -- Utilizing exceptional ball control and a 32-22 rebounding edge -- along with 54 percent shooting (seven of 13) from 3-point range -- the Ellsworth Panthers earned a 13-point victory over Adrian.
Alexa Huisman had an outstanding game for Ellsworth, scoring 25 points and claiming 10 rebounds.
Ellsworth's Bridget Kramer fired in 10 points, passed for five assists and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.
Abby Drenth contributed 10 points and three assists for the Panthers, who had just eight turnovers in the game and shot 71 percent (15 of 21) from the free throw line.
Adrian, which shot just 23 percent from the field (11 of 42) and had 14 turnovers, was led by Nichole Loosbrock with 10 points.
Ellsworth (5-5, 5-2) travels to Slayton Friday to tangle with Murray County Central, while the Dragons (8-4, 4-3) host Windom Monday night.
Ellsworth 22 28 -- 50
Adrian 20 17 -- 37
Edgerton 56, H-BC 35
HILLS -- Outscoring Hills-Beaver Creek by a commanding 35-14 margin in the second half, Edgerton rolled to its fifth straight victory.
Lindsey Drooger scored all 19 of her game-high points in the second half to lead the Flying Dutchmen (6-4, 4-4). She also had seven rebounds and five assists.
Sarah Post scored 14 points for EHS, while Tanner Gunnink claimed 10 rebounds and Jessica Menning came up with six steals.
Meghan Leuthold and Chelsea Kroon paced H-BC with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Haley Van Wyhe dished off four assists.
The Patriots (1-9, 1-5) are at Westbrook-Walnut Grove Friday night, while Edgerton hosts Southwest Star Concept the same evening in a girl-boy doubleheader.
Edgerton 21 35 -- 56
H-BC 21 14 -- 35
W-WG 56, RRC 43
JEFFERS -- Strong all-around games by Paige Erickson and Karley Deprez helped Westbrook-Walnut Grove earn a 13-point win over Red Rock Central.
Erickson scored 19 points and had six steals, while Deprez netted 13 points, blocked two shots, came up with four steals and claimed six rebounds.
Anne Woelber passed for eight assists for the Chargers (5-6, 3-4), while Dayna Comnick had four steals. Woelber and Maddie Frank each had five rebounds for W-WG, which hosts Hills-Beaver Creek Friday night.
Leading RRC was Klarissa Larsen who had a near triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks.
Melanie Kedl contributed eight points for the Falcons (0-10, 0-6) who play at Southwest Christian Friday night.
RRC 26 17 -- 43
W-WG 34 22 -- 56
G-LR 57, Okoboji 28
GEORGE, Iowa -- Sarah Kruse scored 17 points and Carly Klaassen tallied 11 as George-Little Rock doubled the score on Okoboji in an Iowa Corn Belt Conference high school girls' basketball game.
Faith Bartlett and Skylar Hansen paced Okoboji's scoring with 13 and six points, respectively.