Prep weekend roundup: Worthington downs SF Lincoln, SWU routs Immanuel
SIOUX FALLS — With four players scoring in double figures, the Worthington Trojans defeated Sioux Falls Lincoln in a girls basketball game played Saturday night at the Sanford Pentagon Classic.
The Trojans defeated Lincoln 65-53 to close the opening portion of their schedule at 5-1. The game was played under South Dakota rules which include four eight minute quarters and a shot clock.
“For us to win this game against a bigger school, it’s quite a win,” Worthington girls basketball coach Eric Lindner said. “I felt like this was a great game for us. It was a good well-played game and was a nice way for us to go into Christmas break.”
Worthington trailed by one after the opening quarter and held a slim two-point margin. It was a 17-4 run the Trojans had over the third period that really widened the game.
“We kind of started to subdue them and were able to get some fastbreak points. We played good defense in the third quarter,” Lindner said. “It was a very good defensive effort and that’s what won the game for us.”
Post players Brooke Henning (19) and Becca Linder (11) came together to score the majority of Worthington’s points earned in the paint. Henning also collected 15 rebounds in the win while, on the defensive end, Linder was charged with guarding Emilee Piersen, a talented 6-1 post player for the Patriots.
Pierson finished with just two points while Emily Brecht led Lincoln with 23 points. Anna Brecht had 11. For Worthington, Abbie Landgaard went 4-for-5 from the free throw line down the stretch.
“When you look at what we needed (in the paint), Brooke and Becca did a good job establishing the inside game,” Lindner said. “Becca also did a good job on Pierson for us.”
Worthington is set to play in a tournament at St. James Dec. 27 and 28. Their first opponent will be Madelia during the tournament’s Friday night session.
Worthington 17 35 52 65
SF Lincoln 18 33 37 53
WORTHINGTON (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Boever 1-2-4-11, Landgaard 0-3-4-10, Henning 0-8-3-19, Linder 0-4-3-11, Gravenhof 1-2-2-9, Gerber 0-1-0-2, Ap. Alwal 0-1-1-3. Totals 2-21-17-65.
LINCOLN (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Miller 0-2-2-5, A. Brecht 0-5-1-11, VanVeldhuizen 1-0-2-5, E. Brecht 1-8-3-23, Pierson 0-1-0-2, Rosinsky 1-1-0-5, Rickie 0-1-0-2. Totals 3-18-8-53.
SW United 60, Immanuel 44
COMFREY — Southwestern United finished a busy week off with a win over Mankato’s Immanuel Lutheran at a tournament at Cedar Mountain-Comfrey.
The Wildcats held a big 20-point lead at halftime and cruised as their deeper bench began to eat away at Immanuel.
Courtney Place scored 27 points to lead SWU and Kailey Wendland added 16 points with 10 rebounds. Amber Matzke chipped in 16 for Immanuel in the game.
The win for SWU put them at 4-3 on the year.
The Wildcats completed a stretch of four games in five days and were 2-2 in that time.
“It was a tough week for us. We were able to survive,” Wildcats coach Keith Place said. “We had a good game and it was a good win for us before Christmas.”
Immanuel Lutheran 17 44
SW United 37 60
Redwood River Riot
REDWOOD FALLS —Worthington’s wrestlers claimed fifth place in a large field of 28 teams at the two-day Redwood River Riot wrestling tournament. Four wrestlers reached the finals for the black-and-red but many more scored as Worthington was pleased as it left with 129 points. Sibley East won the tournament with 154 followed by Maple River (148.5), United (142) and KMS (133.5).
Anthony Luft, a senior 126-pounder, left the weekend 4-0 and had two pins along the way. He pinned Fulda/Murray County Central’s Ben Blanchette in the finals while Carson Hagen (195) also finished the weekend unscathed with a tournament title. Hagen’s win in the championship came over Class AAA’s top-ranked Justin Cumberbath of Alexandria 3-2 in overtime.
Second place finishers for the Trojans were sophomore 106-pounder Hser Eh Pwae and senior 160-pounder Zach Kempema. Blake Schroeder, a 170-pounder, placed sixth after losing to Joe Weeding of United by 5-4 decision. Schroeder finished 4-3 on the weekend.
At the Christmas break, Luft leads Worthington with a 12-0 record overall while Hagen is 4-0 and Kempema is 11-2.
From their middle weights, Worthington gained valuable points from wins earned by Jeffrey Camacho (132), King Blanchette (138) and Cody Michaelson (145). Sophomore 152-pounder Torey Rogers finished 3-2 on the weekend and was one match short of placing.
“I thought we had good chances of having lots of kids in the finals. Having four there made for a fun day,” Worthington wrestling coach Mark Prunty said. “Our younger kids in the middle weights did well for scoring points because they all add up for team scores. Our finalists all did well but it was truly a team effort.”
Canby 69, MCC 42
CANBY — Holding their opponents to just 17 first half points, the Canby Lancers rolled past Murray County Central in boys basketball action.
Four Lancers scored in double figures. Josh Gallegos had 14 points, Zach Nuy 13, Kristian Leppke 12 and Michael Slaba 10.
Grant Rohrer scored 11 points for the Rebels.
Canby out-rebounded MCC 36-17, with Nuy and Leppke each grabbing 10. The Rebels committed 15 turnovers to Canby’s 11.
MCC 17 42
Canby 41 69
Luverne 2, AA 1
BLOOMINGTON — The Luverne Cardinals, just before jumping into a tough Christmas tournament in Blaine, moved their record to a perfect 10-0 with a 2-1 win over Achiever Academy.
Chaz Smedsrud scored Luverne’s first goal in the second period and Andrew Verhey scored again in the third.
Bloomington Academy racked up its only goal in the final minute, and the Cardinals survived a flurry in the final moments to hold on to the slim victory.
Connor Sandbulte assisted on Smedsrud’s goal and Jackson Nelson and Smedsrud assisted on the Verhey goal.
Kendell Meyer was outstanding in goal for Luverne, especially in the second period when Luverne was out-shot 13-4. For the game, Achiever Academy had 27 shots to Luverne’s 16.
LHS will participate in a tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Blaine. The Cardinals will open Thursday against Class AA school St. Michael-Albertville at 2:30 p.m.
Luverne 0 1 1 — 2
A. Academy 0 0 1 — 1
Luverne 3, MA 0
MINNEAOPLIS — Luverne’s girls hockey team tried its hand against Minnehaha Academy and came way with a shutout victory.
The Cardinals opened by leading 2-0 after the first period and didn’t look back. Luverne is 10-2 with the victory.
Mariah Aukes scored the opening goal off an assist by Madilyn Oye. Madison Crabtree took a feed from Kristen Reisdorfer and Aukes to close the first period.
Luverne senior Ellen Dahl scored for Makayla Sterrett in the third period to help pull off the win.
Luverne 2 0 1 —3
Minnehaha Academy 0 0 0 —0
St. Peter-LSH 8, Windom 2
WINDOM — Windom Area fell 8-2 to St. Peter-LeSeuer-Henderson.
St. Peter scored six goals over the first two periods.
Windom Area's Erika Svoboda scored in the first period off an assist from Addison Beaty. In the second frame, Kaylee Jenssen scored for Anna Bolk.
SPLH 1 5 2 — 8
WA 1 1 0 —2