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Raiders outscore Dragons by 25 points to end first half, en route to 81-71 victory

FULDA -- After falling behind 21-9 to start the game Thursday night, the Fulda Raiders outscored the Adrian Dragons by 25 points (30-5) to end the first half on their way to an 81-71 victory in a key Red Rock Conference girls' basketball game.

Eight different Raiders scored a point in that half-ending surge, and Fulda extended its 13-point halftime lead (39-26) into a 19-point bulge midway through the second half.

Lane Gehl was Fulda's leading scorer with 17 points. Courtney Hulstein (16), Amy Paulzine (15) and Sam Raddle (14) also scored in double digits to give the Raiders good balance.

Paulzine also had eight rebounds, and Raddle dished out six assists. Mari Holinka charted 14 boards and eight points for Fulda, which was 10-for-21 from three-point land and had 30 team assists on 31 field goals.

Sam Lynn led Adrian with 22 points and six assists. Erica Thier (18) and Karli Meyer (17) also ripped the nets for the Dragons.

Fulda (3-2, 3-4) plays Fairmont in the Windom tournament next Friday, while Adrian (3-2, 4-2) hosts Wabasso in a tournament tonight.

Adrian 26 45 -- 71

Fulda 39 42 -- 81

RL-B 60, ML/B-O 55

BUTTERFIELD -- Outscoring Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin 30-22 in the second half, the Round Lake-Brewster Raiders defeated the Wolverines to pick up their first league victory.

Sarah Schmitz led RL-B (1-4, 2-4) with 23 points and eight rebounds. April Wallace scored 12 points, and Krystle Doeden charted 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Raiders.

Courtney Anderson scored 17 points to spark ML/B-O (0-5, 1-5). Kelly Hempeck grabbed 12 rebounds and scored 10 points, while Karen Herrig posted 13 rebounds and eight points for the Wolverines.

Both teams play in the ML/B-O tournament next Friday and Saturday.

RL-B 30 30 -- 60

ML/B-O 33 22 -- 55

CM/C 45, SSC 41

COMFREY -- Paced by 14 second-half points from Amber Siefert, the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars overcame a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat Southwest Star Concept in the CM/C Christmas Challenge.

SSC trailed for most of the first half before going on a 17-6 surge to build a 30-22 lead. CM/C then used a 13-0 run midway through the second half to take control and gain the victory.

Siefert finished with 18 points, while Andrea Duck scored eight points.

Breanna Rients scored 13 points and handed out five assists to lead SSC, while Adri Rasche (11 rebounds, eight points) and Syd Place (10 points, five assists) also topped the stat sheets.

SSC (7-2) plays New Ulm Cathedral tonight at 6 p.m., while CM/C plays Lakeview.

SSC 24 17 -- 41

CM/C 17 28 -- 45

SWC 61, H-BC 39

HILLS -- The Eagles improved to 4-1 in the Red Rock Conference and 6-3 overall with a strong second-half surge against the Patriots.

Trailing by just seven points at the half, the Patriots struggled from the field in the second half.

"It's hard to win when you can't score," H-BC head coach Jason Blosmo said. "We struggled to hit the basket in the second half."

Kara Van Dyke had a game-high 15 points to lead the Eagles. Brianna Spronk added 10 points.

Brittany Helgeson led the Patriots (1-4, 1-9) with 11 points, while Jayme Plimpton scored 10.

The Eagles will host Edgerton Jan. 3, while the Patriots visit Adrian the same evening.

SWC 30 31 -- 61

H-BC 23 16 -- 39

Pipestone Area 67,West Central, S.D. 63

PIPESTONE -- Trailing by 14 points at halftime to the preseason No. 1 team in South Dakota, the Pipestone Area Arrows mounted a comeback to secure a non-conference victory Thursday night.

Faith Tinklenberg scored 22 points to lead the Arrows (6-0), while Bailey Bouman scored 15, and Kayla Rowden added 10 points and seven rebounds.

West Central was led by Vaness Johnson with 22 points, while Jamie Hoefer, a 6-1 post, added 15 points.

The Arrows will have a week off before traveling to Brookings, S.D. to face Sioux Valley.

West Central 37 26 -- 63

PA 23 44 -- 67