PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Drooger’s last-second shot leads Edgerton over Ellsworth, 56-54ELLSWORTH — Tied at 54-all in the final 30 seconds of Monday’s Red Rock Conference girls’ basketball game, Edgerton was looking for a game-winner. And in the closing seconds, Alyson Drooger delivered.
ELLSWORTH — Tied at 54-all in the final 30 seconds of Monday’s Red Rock Conference girls’ basketball game, Edgerton was looking for a game-winner.
And in the closing seconds, Alyson Drooger delivered.
With 12 seconds remaining in the game, Edgerton took a timeout to set up the final play.
The potential game-winning shot was off the mark, but Drooger was able to corral the offensive rebound and score on a putback, giving Edgerton a 56-54 victory.
Drooger scored with 1.4 seconds remaining, leaving Ellsworth (10-14, 6-11) no time for a last-second shot.
The Panthers had a 29-26 lead at halftime, but had to rally late.
Trailing by three in the closing seconds, Darian Herman connected on a three-point play, tying the game at 54-all and setting up Drooger’s heroics.
Brooke Kix finished with 18 points for Ellsworth, while Andrea DeBoer had 14 points, six rebounds and five steals.
Herman finished with 11 points.
Drooger had 23 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and six blocks to lead the Flying Dutchmen.
Katie Hadler scored 11 points, while Kelsey Wolthuizen had nine points and eight rebounds. Hailey Van Kley added four assists.
Ellsworth will travel to Westbrook-Walnut Grove Thursday in the first round of the Section 3A playoffs, while Edgerton will host Round Lake-Brewster the same night.
Edgerton 26 30 — 56
Ellsworth 29 25 — 54
Adrian 84, ML/B-O 60
ADRIAN — The Adrian Dragons capped a perfect conference season with a 24-point victory Monday night.
Erica Thier scored 20 points and dished out five assists to lead the Dragons, while Karli Meyer had 19 points.
Sam Lynn scored 16 points to go along with 10 assists, six steals and six rebounds, while Katy Slater added 11 points.
Brittany Wenner scored 20 points to lead the Wolverines (1-23, 1-16), while Megan Svalland had 11 points and six rebounds. Hannah Hildebrandt dished out five assists.
ML/B-O will travel to Madelia Tuesday in the Section 2A tournament.
Adrian (23-1, 17-0) is the No. 1 seed in the Section 3A South, and will face either Ellsworth or Westbrook-Walnut Grove at 1 p.m. Saturday in Worthington.
ML/B-O 31 29 — 60
Adrian 43 41 — 84
SWC 55, MCC 45
SLAYTON — Kara Van Dyke scored a game-high 18 points to lead Southwest Christian to a 10-point victory against Murray County Central.
Brianna Spronk added 11 points and four rebounds, while Jada Vander Veen scored nine points and had a team-high six rebounds for SWC (17-5, 14-3).
Kayla Broekhuis added eight points and had five rebounds.
Emily Bose led MCC with 15 points, while Kate Robinson added 10.
Abby Van Meveren pulled down a game-high seven rebounds, while Alyssa Schmidt had six rebounds.
Both teams were efficient in their few attempts at the line, as the Eagles finished 10-for-12, while the Rebels were 9-for-12.
MCC will play Fulda at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Section 3A tournament, while SWC will face the winner of Edgerton and Round Lake-Brewster at 6 p.m.
SWC 29 26 — 55
MCC 24 21 — 45
SSC 51, H-BC 35
OKABENA — Southwest Star Concept opened up a 29-18 halftime lead on Hills-Beaver Creek, as Quasar sophomore Katey Granstra matched the Patriots’ first-half point total.
Granstra finished the game with 20 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and four assists, as SSC maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
Erika Post netted 11 points and had seven rebounds for the Quasars (11-13, 9-8), who had a 42-22 advantage with 9:35 left in the game.
Betsy Voehl scored nine points, and sophomore Cassie Cselovszki contributed five points, four assists and three steals to help SSC win for the third straight time.
Kelsey McGuire, H-BC’s only senior, scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the first half, while sophomores Brooke Tilstra (eight points), Natalie Stueven (eight rebounds) and Jayme Plimpton (five steals) also played well for the Patriots (2-22, 1-16).
Seventh-seeded SSC and 10th-seeded H-BC meet again Thursday (7 p.m.) at Okabena in an opening-round game of the Section 3A South tournament.
H-BC 18 17 — 35
SSC 29 22 — 51
Boys SWC 56, SFC 50
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Southwest Christian is playing its best basketball of the season.
Traveling to face the second-ranked team in South Dakota’s Class A, the Eagles (11-8) came out with a six-point victory, handing Sioux Falls Christian its second loss of the season in a non-conference boys’ basketball game.
Nic Pfeifle scored 17 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists, while Zach Huisken added 10 points and five rebounds for the Eagles, who outscored SFC 18-7 in the fourth quarter.
Spencer Mesman scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds, while Rob Van Hofwegen added seven rebounds.
Christian Skinner scored 19 points to lead SFC.
SWC will travel to Fulda tonight.
SWC 15 12 11 18 — 56
SFC 14 10 19 7 — 50
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