TROJAN BOYS BASKETBALL: Trojans handle Cougars
MORGAN -- Racing to a commanding 59-33 halftime lead Friday night, the Worthington Trojans claimed a 93-70 victory over the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars in a key non-conference boys' basketball game to finish the regular season in quality fashion.
Worthington (15-8) outrebounded CM/C (17-5) by a 35-30 margin and connected on 12 3-point attempts, as six players scored eight points or more for the well-balanced Trojans.
Morgan Traylor led Worthington with 26 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four shot blocks, while Marcus Potter scored 15 points and dished out 11 assists for the Trojans.
Worthington's Spencer Grafing (16 points, four assists), Jon Vorwald (12 points, two steals) and Will Dudley (11 points, two steals) also scored in double figures, while Josh Vander Veen notched eight points for the Trojans.
"This was a very good team effort," Worthington head coach Ron Vorwald said. "We played good defense and shot the ball well. We were able to work the ball inside-out for good looks at the basket."
Sam Pendleton paced CM/C with 16 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Riley Kerkhoff scored 14 points for the Cougars.
Worthington is the No. 3 seed and will open the Section 3AA South tournament March 2, hosting sixth-seeded Windom at 7:30 p.m.
CEDAR MOUNTAIN/COMFREY 70
WORTHINGTON (15-8): (3FG-2FG-FT-TP): Vorwald 3 1 1 12, Vander Veen 2 0 2 8, Dudley 0 5 1 11, Potter 2 4 1 15, Gravenhof 1 0 0 3, M. Traylor 9 0 8 26, Grafing 4 2 0 16, Lindner 0 1 0 2. Totals: 12 22 13 93.
CEDAR MOUNTAIN/COMFREY (17-5): (Total Points): S. Pendleton 16, R. Kerkhoff 14, Z. Kerkhoff 12, H. Pendleton 10, B. Kerkhoff 9, Larsen 4, Maurer 3, Rose 2. Totals: 70.
Worthington 59 34 -- 93
Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 33 37 -- 70
3-Point Goals: Worthington 12 (Grafing 4, Vorwald 3, Vander Veen 2, Potter 2, Gravenhof). Rebounds: Worthington 35 (M. Traylor 7); Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 30. Turnovers: Worthington 13, Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 16.
SWC 90, Edgerton 41
EDGERTON -- Once again receiving double-figure point production from five players Friday night, the Southwest Christian Eagles rolled past the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen to clinch at least a share of the Red Rock Conference boys' basketball championship.
Eric Talsma paced the Eagles' balanced attack, netting 18 points and grabbing six rebounds. Leighton Sampson totaled 16 points, five steals and three shot blocks for SWC (22-1, 15-0).
Dominic Nibbelink (six assists) and Klint Knutson each scored 13 points, while Nate Pfeifle added 11 points, and Clayton Huisken dished out seven assists for the multi-dimensional Eagles.
Isaac Heard led Edgerton (8-12, 6-9) with 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Brett Ford scored eight points for the Flying Dutchmen, and Jorge Lopez came up with two steals, as well.
SWC hosts Adrian Monday, while Edgerton travels to Okabena to take on Southwestern United the same night.
SWC 55 35 -- 90
Edgerton 28 13 -- 41
MLA 95, Adrian 66
ADRIAN -- Shooting a sizzling 67 percent (39-for-58) from the field Friday night, the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines cruised to a Red Rock Conference victory over the Adrian Dragons in boys' basketball action.
MLA (20-4, 14-1) shot 70 percent (33-for-47) from inside the arc and 55 percent (6-for-11) from 3-point land, jumping out to a 49-30 halftime lead and maintaining a comfortable margin throughout the second half.
Carter Kirk scored 31 points for the Wolverines, while both Andrew Hempeck (21 points, 10 assists and five steals) and Josiah Stoesz (18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists) had big games for MLA, as well.
Taylor Recker paced Adrian (3-20, 3-12) with 22 points and five rebounds, while Nick Reyne (16 points, six assists), Brady Lonneman (13 points) and Ben Henning (10 points) were among the other statistical leaders for the Dragons.
MLA hosts Fulda Monday, while Adrian visits Southwest Christian.
MLA 49 46 -- 95
Adrian 30 36 -- 66
W-WG 87, SWU 77
WESTBROOK -- Taylor Lindaman fired in 33 points Friday night, helping lift the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers to a Red Rock Conference boys' basketball victory over the Southwestern United Wildcats.
W-WG (9-14, 5-10) won a high-scoring second half by a 58-48 margin to break open a tie game (29-29) at halftime.
Alex Knutson had 15 points and five assists for the Chargers, while Reed Bakken (14 points) and Aaron Hass (11 points, eight rebounds) also scored in double figures for W-WG.
Andrew Kramer led SWU (10-12, 7-8) with 19 points and four steals. Zach Schumacher (13 points, four blocks) and Justin Jass (11 points, four assists) were the other top contributors for the Wildcats.
W-WG visits Hills-Beaver Creek Monday, while SWU hosts Edgerton.
SWU 29 48 -- 77
W-WG 29 58 -- 87
RRC 63, Fulda 37
LAMBERTON -- Jeff DeCock scored a game-high 22 points as the Red Rock Central Falcons picked up their 14th win of the year in a Red Rock Conference victory over the Fulda Raiders Friday.
The Falcons took a 15-point lead into halftime and held the Raiders to just 19 points in the second half to get the win. Fulda shot just 1-21 from beyond the arc on the night, while getting outrebounded 55-29 by RRC.
To go along with his 22 points, DeCock also brought down 16 rebounds to lead the Falcons in rebounding. Henry Rogotzke picked up 14 points and 13 rebounds as well as five assists in the game, while Maison Miller added 10 points and six rebounds.
Fulda was led by Todd Peterson, who had 10 points on the night. Andy Oakland also had seven points for the Raiders.
Red Rock Central (14-9, 9-6) travels to Murray County Central Monday, while Fulda (8-17, 6-9) takes on Mountain Lake Area in Mountain Lake Monday.
Fulda 18 19 -- 37
RRC 33 30 -- 63
MARSHALL -- A dominate defensive performance was a key factor Friday night, as the league-champion Marshall Tigers claimed a big win over the Windom Eagles to wrap up a perfect record in the Southwest Conference.
Derek Buysse and Riley Sharbono scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, to lead Marshall (22-2, 12-0).
Andy Pfeffer and Collin Lovell led Windom (12-11, 4-8) with eight and seven points, respectively.
The Eagles visit Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Monday.
Windom 13 11 -- 24
Marshall 25 32 -- 57
T-M-B 66, KMS 24
KERKHOVEN -- Parker Lanoue led the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers with 12 points in a win over Kerkoven-Murdock-Sunburg Friday.
The Panthers led by 27 at halftime, while holding K-M-S to just 10 points in the half. T-M-B added another 29 points in the second to outscore K-M-S 29-14 in the half.
Josh Kirk was second in scoring for T-M-B with eight points to go along with seven rebounds. Matt Lavoy and Jordan Lanoue both had seven points for the Panthers in the game.
K-M-S was led by Taylor Feldman with nine points followed by Preston Mahlum with six points and 12 rebounds.
The Panthers (7-16) travel to Redwood Valley Monday.
T-M-B 37 29 -- 66
K-M-S 10 14 -- 24