BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Trojan boys end 2-game losing skid with 87-51 victory against CardinalsLUVERNE — Senior Mike Vorwald scored a game-high 21 points and handed out nine assists Tuesday night, leading the Worthington Trojans to an 87-51 victory over the Luverne Cardinals in a Southwest Conference boys’ basketball game.
LUVERNE — Senior Mike Vorwald scored a game-high 21 points and handed out nine assists Tuesday night, leading the Worthington Trojans to an 87-51 victory over the Luverne Cardinals in a Southwest Conference boys’ basketball game.
Vorwald banged in five of Worthington’s 11 3-pointers and led seven Trojans who scored at least six points.
Junior Travis Meinders hit a trio of treys and finished with 16 points for Worthington, while sophomore Jalen Voss (six rebounds) and senior Derek Busswitz scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Senior Aduo Omot charted nine points and a team-leading eight rebounds, senior Craig Soderholm scored eight points and junior Zac Houselog added six points for Worthington
The win snaps a two-game losing skid for the Trojans (15-4, 8-2), who outrebounded Luverne 32-18 and forced 27 turnovers.
“This was a good win for us, as we got back to our style of play and played Trojan basketball,” Worthington head coach Ron Vorwald said. “We played hard for 36 minutes, and everybody contributed and played well. We were fun to watch play tonight.”
Worthington jumped out to an early lead and had a 44-27 halftime advantage. The Trojans then had a streak of seven consecutive defensive stops in the second half and extended their lead to more than 30 points.
“I liked our energy level, as we came out and played much more inspired basketball than we did last week,” Vorwald said. “We really got after it defensively and took things away from Luverne.”
Jon Fodness led Luverne (2-17, 1-9) with 19 points, while Trever Stoffel added 13 points.
Worthington has a week off before visiting Jackson County Central next Tuesday. Luverne plays Redwood Valley on the road Friday.
Worthington 44 43 — 87
Luverne 27 24 — 51
WHS (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Vorwald 5-3-0-21, Meinders 3-3-1-16, Omot 0-4-1-9, Busswitz 0-4-2-10, Houselog 0-3-0-6, King 1-0-0-3, Nerem 0-0-2-2, Soderholm 2-1-0-8, Voss 0-4-4-12. Totals: 11-22-10-87.
LHS (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Boomgaarden 0-1-0-2, Fodness 0-5-9-19, Stoffel 2-2-3-13, Hoff 0-1-0-2, Maine 0-1-0-2, Ehlers 0-2-3-7, Gacke 0-3-0-6. Totals: 2-15-15-51.
JCC 51, Windom 49
JACKSON — With the score tied at 49-all, Windom had the ball with 10 seconds remaining.
However, Jackson County Central’s Nathan Brandt came up with a steal, and found Trevon Bargfrede for what proved to be the game-winning layup with 3.3 seconds remaining.
Windom’s desperation shot was off the mark as the Huskies came away with the two-point victory.
Pat Garvin scored a game-high 17 points and had 11 rebounds to lead JCC (6-12, 2-6), while Ty Schwarting had 12 points and four rebounds.
Bargfrede finished with eight points and 10 rebounds, while Brandt finished with six points and eight rebounds.
Jake Holt scored 16 points to lead Windom, while Ryan Gilbertson had 12.
Spenser Kipfer added 11 points, while Lee Holt scored eight.
JCC will travel to Pipestone Area Friday.
Windom 14 35 — 49
JCC 23 28 — 51
Marshall 68, PA 51
PIPESTONE— Trailing by eight points at halftime, Pipestone Area was outscored 37-28 in the second half in a Southwest Conference loss to Marshall.
Eric Stark led the Arrows with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Bryce Beyers scored 10 points. Shelby Jones grabbed eight rebounds.
Marshall’s Taylor Hedman outscored the rest of the field, scoring 16 points. Tyler Gimmestad followed with 14 points, and Andrew Mathiowetz had 11 points.
PA falls to 9-9 overall and will host Jackson County Central on Friday.
Marshall 31 37 — 68
PA 23 28 — 51
SSC 73, ML/B-O 27
MOUNTAIN LAKE — Ben Scheevel scored his 1,000th career point to lead Southwest Star Concept past Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin.
Scheevel, who scored his milestone point at the free-throw line in the second half, ended the night with 18 points, eight rebounds, eight steals and five assists.
William Cranston scored 12 points, and Kirk McBreen had 10 points.
Cody Adrian was the high-scorer for the Wolverines with nine points.
The Wolverines stand at 4-13 overall and 1-9 in the Red Rock Conference and the Quasars improve to 13-4 overall.
ML/B-O will travel to Lamberton to duel against the Falcons of Red Rock Central, and Southwest Star Concept hosts Round Lake-Brewster on Thursday.
SSC 43 30 — 73
ML-B-O 15 12 — 27
Iowa W-CL-T 50, H-LP 55
LAKE PARK — Outscoring Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka 17-7 in the fourth quarter, the Harris-Lake Park Wolves turned a five-point deficit into a five-point victory.
Brady Nissen led the charge for Harris Lake Park with 14 points and seven rebounds. Luke Bosma had 11 points.
Justin Murphy had three assists and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final quarter.
Mychal Sheridan added three assists for the Wolves, who will host George-Little Rock Feb. 19.
W-CL-T 10 20 13 7 — 50
H-LP 11 15 12 17 — 55
Sheldon 62, Cherokee 53
SHELDON — Cherokee had a two-point lead over Sheldon at the end of the first half, but the Orabs (13-7, 10-5) outscored the Braves in both the third and the fourth quarter in a nine-point win.
Andy Dykstra had 22 points to lead Sheldon, while Dustin Elgersma added 19 points. Tony Rodger scored 10 points for the Orabs, who will travel to Estherville-Lincoln Central on Friday.
Cherokee 13 14 15 11 — 53
Sheldon 9 16 21 16 — 62
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