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Worthington scores 31 unanswered points, eases by Windom

WORTHINGTON -- Holding Windom scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the first half Thursday night, the Worthington Trojans girls' basketball team built a 39-10 halftime lead and rolled to an 85-54 victory in the first game of a Southwest Conference doubleheader with the Eagles.

"Our pressure defense was really working for us tonight," Trojans head coach Eric Lindner said following the game. "We started out a little sluggish, but then we started to shoot the ball better as we scored in bunches."

Worthington's full-court pressure defense created 34 Windom turnovers (24 were steals by the Trojans). Worthington was 30-for-60 from inside the 3-point line (6-of-19 from behind it), and outrebounded the Eagles, 53-38.

Following a slashing layup by Worthington's Gabby Boever (11 points, nine steals) with 12:03 remaining in the first half -- giving the Trojans an 8-4 lead -- Windom's Jenna Sorensen made a pair of free throws at the 11:22 mark to make it 8-6.

However, the Eagles didn't score another point until there were 37 seconds left before halftime.

Meanwhile, Worthington was busy scoring 31 straight points to build a 39-6 lead, as Ashley Aggen, Gabby Boever and Kayla Wiese sparked the Trojan offense, combining to score 24 first-half points (10, eight and six, respectively).

Boever followed Sorensen's free throws with two of her own before Aggen (15 points, five assists) drilled her first 3-pointer of the night to start the surge.

After a free throw apiece from Alyssa Smith (11 points, nine rebounds) and Jenna Donkersloot, Rachel Pavelko scored on a tough drive in the lane before Wiese tossed in a high-arching swisher from the left wing, and Donkersloot scored on a post move to produce a 21-6 Worthington lead with 8:15 left.

Wiese scored on a putback hoop, and Aggen fired in another 3-pointer before Gabby Boever put together a highlight reel with four straight steals leading to points for the Trojans.

The first two takeaways led to easy layups for Boever, but then she found Aggen and Sarah Boever (17 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals) for baskets to increase Worthington's bulge to 34-6 with 3:20 remaining.

Wiese later made a layup, and Holli Aggen canned a 3-pointer before Windom finally scored on a nice pull-up jumper from Katie Symens with 37 seconds left. Missy Visker then scored on a nifty fastbreak with 14 seconds left to make it 39-10 at the break.

Windom's Amy Robinson started the second half with a 3-pointer, but Worthington scored the next 13 points to build a 39-point lead (52-13) -- its largest of the game -- with 15:13 left.

Windom outscored the Trojans 41-33 the rest of the game, as 11 Eagles put the ball through the hoop in the second half.

Megan Ysker scored two straight baskets for the Eagles, who went on a 15-8 run to trim the lead to 60-28 with 11:24 left.

Windom scored 44 points in the final 18 minutes, but Worthington maintained its large lead as Sarah Boever scored 15 second-half points to spark the Trojans.

Alex Wetering had eight boards for the Trojans.

Worthington (7-3, 13-4) hosts Becker Saturday, while Windom (0-8, 3-16) hosts Marshall Thursday.

Windom 10 44 -- 54

Worthington 39 46 -- 85

Windom (3FG-2FG-FT-TP): Sorensen 0-2-4-8, Robinson 1-1-3-8, Tentinger 0-1-0-2, Ysker 0-2-0-4, Bolin 0-1-0-2, Kremmin 0-1-1-3, Christensen 0-2-2-6, Mattson 0-2-2-6, Visker 0-2-0-4, Nepp 0-1-4-6, Symens 0-2-1-5. Totals: 1-17-17-54.

Worthington (3FG-2FG-FT-TP): S. Boever 1-7-0-17, H. Aggen 1-1-0-5, A. Aggen 2-4-1-15, Pavelko 0-1-0-2, G. Boever 1-3-2-11, Vander Veen 0-1-1-3, Smith 0-5-1-11, Wiese 0-3-0-6, Wetering 0-4-1-9, Boomgarden 1-0-0-3, Jenna Donkersloot 0-1-1-3. Totals: 6-30-7-85.