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Prep boys basketball: Trojans bounce JCC, SWC wins battle against Redwood Valley
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JACKSON — A fast start offensively, and a defense that denied passing lanes inside helped Worthington to a 74-58 victory over host Jackson County Central Tuesday in a Southwest Conference boys basketball game.


Four Trojan players scored in double digits as WHS improved to 4-5 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.

Until Tuesday, Worthington’s 2013-14 campaign had been spotty, but there was nothing spotty about the team’s performance in Jackson. The visitors moved out to a 9-0 lead early that soon became 14-5.

Marcus Potter hit from the wing to give Worthington a 12-point lead still in the first half, and when Spencer Grafing connected with a little more than six minutes remaining, the lead became 31-17. Soon, it was 37-20.

Worthington took a 39-29 advantage into halftime. Jackson County Central soon trimmed it to eight, but with 10:14 left in the second half Worthington moved out to a 55-41 edge. At one time, the lead was 21 points after a pair of Oliver Wolyniec buckets.

Potter finished with 20 points while Grafing had 12. Will Dudley and Carter Lindner scored 10 points apiece.

Dudley had nine rebounds while Lindner and Jake Weg had eight each. Dudley also had six assists.

Jackson County Central’s thousand-point scorer, senior post Jon Harmening, was denied the basketball by a WHS defense that defended the passing lanes. He finished with 10 points.

Colton Timmer, a sophomore forward, led JCC with 15 points.

JCC (6-6 overall, 2-3 in the conference) hit 10 three-point shots to Worthington’s five but converted only eight two-point shots to Worthington’s 25.

In B squad play, JCC defeated Worthington 59-31. Nate Russell paced Worthington with nine points.

Worthington 39 74

JCC 29 58

WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Miller 1-0-0-3, Dudley 0-4-2-10, Grafing 1-2-5-12, Potter 2-7-0-20, Mulder 1-3-0-9, Wolyniec 0-2-0-4, Lindner 0-5-0-10, Ektnitphong 0-1-0-2. Totals 5-25-9-74.

JCC (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Salzwedl 1-0-5-8, Brinkman 0-0-2-2, Schwarting 3-0-0-9, Harmening 0-4-2-10, Taylor-Breck 0-0-2-2, Timmer 3-3-0-15, Place 2-0-0-6, Behrends 1-1-1-6. Totals 10-8-11-58.

SWC 80, Redwood 76

EDGERTON — Leighton Sampson’s monster all-around game (35 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks) led Southwest Christian to a narrow victory. Other stats leaders for the Eagles, who improve to 6-2 with the win, were Luke Nibbelink, with 17 points, Jake Robinson with 10 points, and Clayton Huisken with six rebounds and five assists. Jay DeBoer grabbed eight key rebounds for SWC.

Redwood Valley trailed by 14 points at halftime, as the Cardinals had no answer for Sampson. However, Redwood was able to slow him down in the second half, with Sam Pendleton (30 points) leading the way. Cade Johnson (12 points) contributed two threes in each half for the Cardinals, but in the end, the Eagles prevailed in a battle of two good teams. Redwood was also boosted by Mitchell Fischer’s 20 points.

The Cardinals drop to 7-3 on the season with the loss.

Redwood 35 76

Southwest 49 80

St. James 71, WA 65

St. James – A tough, physical game fell in St. James’ favor as the Saints overcame a four-point half-time defecit to snatch the win over Windom Area. Zach Brandt’s 30 big points led St. James.

Bryce Bever had a strong double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) for the Eagles. Jacob Gotto added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Windom, which falls to 3-9 with the loss.

Windom Area 37 65

St. James 33 71

Marshall 62, Luverne 34

LUVERNE — Marshall relied on the scoring prowess of Riley Sharbono (17 points) and Carl Douglas (15) while also spreading the scoring around to a total of eight players to down the Luverne Cardinals. The Tigers shot a stellar 24-50 (48 percent) from the field and converted on five of thirteen three point shots. Sharbono also nabbed a game-high seven rebounds and added five steals.

The Cardinals had Quinten Stiebenhaler (13 points) and Josh Slieter (11) in double figures on the night. Blake Ziegler chipped in six rebounds and four assists for Luverne, and Slieter added five rebounds.

Marshall 31 62

Luverne 18 34

MCC 67, W-WG 60

WESTBROOK – Murray County Central clipped Westbrook-Walnut Grove on the strength of Grant Rohrer’s 22 points. Jaden Boerboom contributed 19 points for the Rebels.

The Chargers boasted two players in double figures, Alex Knutson with 17 and Randy Knutson with 12.

W-WG hosts Red Rock Central on Thursday.

MCC 23 67

W-WG 25 60

Central Lyon 72, Sheldon 48

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Central Lyon proved too much for Sheldon to handle, and turned a mammoth 26 point halftimes lead into a dominating win. Nick Latimer led the Lions with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Grant Metzger and Kalen Eckenrod were both in double figures for Central with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The Orabs had two players in double figures—Dillon Ennema with 12 points and Andy Cooper with 10 points. Sheldon drops to 3-6 with the loss.

The Lions shot a healthy 62 percent (23-37) from the two point range, and 38 percent (5-13) from the three point range. The win Central Lyon’s sixth in a row and improves them to 6-3.

Sheldon 14 48

C. Lyon 40 72

Canby 60, SWU 55

OKABENA — Putting four players in double figures, Canby got the drop on Southwestern United.

Michael Slaba scored 20, Josh Gallegos 14, Zach Nuy12 and Kristian Leppke 10 points for Canby.

For Southwestern United, now 4-4 on the season, Aaron Fest led with 14 points and Trey Cranston had 12 with six assists. Brandon Thurk had nine rebounds for SWU.

Canby 26 60

SWU 23 55

G-T/R-A 67, H-LP 47

LAKE PARK, Iowa — Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire came out fighting and Harris-Lake Park could never catch up. The G-T/R-A Titans dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Wolves by 14 points and didn’t look back. Connor Sturgill netted 19 points for the Titans, and Taylor Enderson added 15. G-T/R-A improves to a sparkling 6-1 on the season.

The now-6-4 Wolves were led by Cole Bosma, with 17 points, and Jordan Kyle, who scored 12, spread three assists, and seized four steals. H-LP came within seven points in the second half but could not take down the Titans. On Thursday, H-LP stays at home and faces Spirit Lake.

G-T/R-A 20 35 43 67

H-LP 6 19 36 47