PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: JCC downs Marshall for key SWC win
MARSHALL -- In a battle of two of the top teams in the Southwest Conference, Jackson County Central came away with a 54-39 victory in Tuesday night's girls' basketball action.
Both teams entered the game with an unblemished conference record, joining Pipestone Area as the three remaining undefeated teams in the SWC.
The Huskies (7-0, 4-0) jumped out to a 34-15 lead at halftime and held on for the 15-point victory.
"It was a hard-fought victory over a tough team on the road," JCC head coach Tom Schuller said.
All 54 points came from the JCC starting five as Whitney Burmeister scored a game-high 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.
Courtney Kruse had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Leslie Handzus scored 11 points, had three steals and dished out five assists.
Kaylee Benson scored 11 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists. Brittney Kruse scored the other four points for JCC, which finished 19 for 25 from the free-throw line.
Kelsey Saugstad scored 12 points for Marshall (3-1, 2-1), which shot 9 for 19 from the free-throw line.
The Huskies will face Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the first round of the Mankato Loyola tournament on Tuesday.
JCC 34 20 -- 54
Marshall 15 24 -- 39
Fulda 57, PA 53
FULDA -- Four different players combined to make 10 3-pointers in the first half as Fulda opened up a 40-24 lead at halftime.
The Raiders were able to maintain the lead, still holding a 12-point advantage with two minutes remaining in the game.
Pipestone Area tried a furious comeback -- sinking a trio of 3's in the final minutes -- but the Raiders' lead was too much in a four-point non-conference victory.
Courtney Hulstein scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Raiders (5-2), while Brittany Hulstein added 14 points.
Kassie Wilkening scored eight points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out seven assists.
Tiffany Gehl had a monsterous second-half rebounding performance. She finished with 13 boards in the game, with 12 of those coming in the second half.
Bree Woelber scored 18 points to lead the Arrows, while Amanda Haupert added 12.
Jamie Lentz and Katie Litka each scored nine points for PA.
The Raiders will travel to face Windom on Tuesday, with the B-squad game beginning at 1 p.m.
PA 24 29 -- 53
Fulda 40 17 -- 57
Ellsworth 61, RRC 54
ELLSWORTH -- Andrea DeBoer pulled down 13 rebounds and ripped the nets for 28 points, including a 14-of-18 performance at the free throw stripe, leading Ellsworth to a seven-point victory over Red Rock Central.
Bridget Kramer (14 points, eight rebounds, three assists), Amber Walkowaik (11 points, three steals), Emily Timmer (eight rebounds) and Abby Drenth (six rebounds) also had strong games for the Panthers, who improve to 4-4 for the season and are 2-2 in the Red Rock.
Alyssa Fredrickson had a huge night for the Falcons (1-6, 1-3), scoring 21 points and claiming 13 rebounds.
Cierra Nickel (13 points, five assists), Allison Kircher (seven rebounds, three steals) and Cassie Erickson (seven rebounds) were other leaders for RRC.
The Falcons are idle until Jan. 4 when they travel to Slayton to play Murray County Central.
Ellsworth plays much sooner, traveling to Fairmont Thursday for a girl-boy doubleheader.
RRC 26 28 -- 54
Ellsworth 32 29 -- 61
Adrian 72, W-WG 45
WESTBROOK -- Karli Meyer scored 23 points to go along with 13 points, leading Adrian to a convincing win over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Austyn Thier (16 points, five steals) and Shaina Lonneman (14 points, seven rebounds) also scored in double figures for the offensive-minded Dragons (6-1, 4-0).
Sydne Springman (seven points) and Hailee Heitkamp (five points) each passed for six assists to lead Adrian's floor game.
Chanel Madson made nine of 11 free throws and scored 20 points for the Chargers (2-3, 2-2), while Karley Deprez scored six points, Anne Woelber had four assists and Paige Erickson came up with three steals.
Madson completed a fine all-around game with seven rebounds, four assists and a trio of steals.
W-WG plays Truman at Butterfield Tuesday in the Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Tournament.
Adrian is off until Jan. 4 when the Dragons host Lakeview.
Adrian 41 31 -- 72
W-WG 26 19 -- 45
BOLD 47, SSC 40
COMFREY -- Outscoring Southwest Star Concept by 10 points in the second half, the BOLD Warriors earned a seven-point win over the Quasars in the opening round of the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Tournament.
The Warriors (4-1) will play defending champion CM/C in the title game Thursday night, while SSC tangles with Madelia in the third-place contest.
Jen Schmidt (16 points, eight rebounds) and Connor DeWall (nine rebounds, eight points) had impressive nights down low for the Quasars, while Katey Granstra (11 rebounds, five blocks) and Courtney Place (eight rebounds) each had three assists for SSC.
SSC 18 22 -- 40
BOLD 15 32 -- 47
Windom 60, RV 45
REDWOOD FALLS -- Vaulting out to an impressive 18-point first-half lead, the Windom Eagles claimed a Southwest Conference road victory over the Redwood Valley Cardinals.
Sierra Even (20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals), Chelsea Garrison (16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals) and Abby Hayenga (13 points, five rebounds, three steals) filled up the stat sheets for the victorious Eagles, who improve to 3-3 overall and are now 1-2 in the Southwest.
Jessica Fischer scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Cardinals (1-4, 0-3).
Windom hosts Fulda Tuesday afternoon.
Windom 32 28 -- 60
Redwood Valley 14 31 -- 45
H-LP 70, RL-B 53
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- Anna Brandt scored 22 points, had seven steals and dished out six assists as Harris-Lake Park defeated Round Lake-Brewster.
Lydia Brandt added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Noreen Morrow scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Wolves (6-3).
Olivia Stanton scored 21 points to lead RL-B.
The Raiders will face Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin on Tuesday in the ML/B-O tourney.