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GIRLS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: PA downs JCC in battle of top SWC teams; Kix scores 1,000th point

PIPESTONE -- In a battle of two of the top three teams in the Southwest Conference, the Pipestone Area girls' basketball team won a hard-fought 59-53 conference game against visiting Jackson County Central Friday night.

The Arrows (15-3, 8-2) led by as many as 10 points in the first half before taking a 34-29 lead at halftime.

The Huskies (18-6, 8-3) were able to cut the deficit to a single point many times throughout the second half, but couldn't take the lead in an exciting final five minutes.

Bree Woelber and Brooke Woelber each scored 13 points for the Arrows, while Bailey Bouman and Jeena Lentz each scored 10 points for PA, which had a 36-25 rebounding advantage.

Brooke Burmeister had 25 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Brittany Kruse scored 10 points.

Ashley Kruse dished out 10 assists to go with five steals, and Leslie Handzus added six assists for the Huskies.

JCC will travel to Worthington Thursday in its regular-season finale, while PA will travel to Marshall Tuesday.

JCC 29 24 -- 53

PA 34 25 -- 59

SWC 73, Ellsworth 53

ELLSWORTH -- Brooke Kix scored her 1,000th career point for Ellsworth, but Southwest Christian proved too much in a Red Rock Conference clash.

Kix needed eight points prior to Friday's game, and her 3-pointer in the second half not only cut the deficit to four points at the time, but pushed her over the milestone.

Kix finished with 12 points and seven assists in the game.

Rayna Sandoval had a game-high 21 points for the Panthers (9-12, 5-9), while Darian Herman had eight points and seven rebounds. Leah Timmer added seven rebounds.

For the Eagles, Brianna Spronk scored a team-best 16 points, while Kara Van Dyke had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Jeni Vander Veen and Abby Hanenburg (five rebounds) each scored nine points for the Eagles, who had a 31-28 lead at halftime.

Ellsworth will travel to Adrian Tuesday, while SWC will host Fulda the same night.

SWC 31 42 -- 73

Ellsworth 28 25 -- 53

Minneota 65, T-M-B 34

MINNEOTA -- Roxy Ryan scored a team-best 12 points and pulled down four rebounds for Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, but Minneota came away with a 31-point victory.

Haley Hebig added seven points, while M'Hesi Haugen added five rebounds.

The Panthers will host Windom Thursday.

T-M-B 15 19 -- 34

Minneota 29 36 -- 65

Adrian 59, Edgerton 39

EDGERTON -- Three players scored in double figures to lead Adrian to a 20-point conference victory.

Erica Thier and Sam Lynn (five assists) each scored 12 points to lead the Dragons (20-1, 15-0), while Katy Slater had 11 points.

Karli Meyer had eight rebounds and two steals for Adrian, which had a 35-22 lead at halftime.

Kelsey Wolthuizen scored nine points for Edgerton (10-9, 7-7), while Alyson Drooger scored eight points to go along with seven rebounds and two steals.

Hailey Van Kley had seven points and two steals, while Katie Hadler pulled down eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Emily Sluis added seven rebounds for the Flying Dutchmen, who will face Canby today at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall.

Adrian will host Ellsworth Tuesday.

Adrian 35 24 -- 59

Edgerton 22 17 -- 39

W-WG 58, ML/B-O 33

WESTBROOK -- Audra Schmidt and Kassandra Jarmer each recorded a double-double to lead Westbrook-Walnut Grove to a 25-point victory against visiting Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin.

Schmidt scored a game-high 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Jarmer scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Chargers (11-10, 5-9).

Kylie Erickson had 15 points, six assists and four steals, while Chanel Madson scored eight points and had three steals.

Karen Herrig scored 14 points and dished out three assists for the Wolverines, while Jennie Romsdahl had six points.

W-WG will travel to Red Rock Central Tuesday.

ML/B-O 11 22 -- 33

W-WG 29 29 -- 58

Fulda 72, H-BC 45

FULDA -- Amy Paulzine scored a game-high 16 points and had nine rebounds to lead Fulda to a victory against Hills-Beaver Creek.

Courtney Hulstein added 15 points, while Mari Holinka had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Brittany Hulstein and Kassie Wilkening each scored eight points, while Krissa Kramer had a team-high 10 rebounds.

Heather Kerner scored 12 points for H-BC, while Jayme Plimpton added eight.

Natalie Stueven pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.

Fulda will travel to Southwest Christian Tuesday.

H-BC 28 17 -- 45

Fulda 40 32 -- 72

MCC 62, RL-B 26

ROUND LAKE -- Emily Bose took charge for the Rebels, posting 22 points and pulling down 19 rebounds in MCC's Red Rock Conference triumph.

Kate Robinson added 12 points, and Colleen Everson chipped in with seven steals for teh Rebels, who improved to 9-5 in league action and 15-7 overall.

April Wallace paced Round Lake-Brewster (2-12, 5-15) offensively with nine points. Karen Schmitz had a 15-rebound effort, and Mara Eichenberger added 10 boards.

MCC 31 31 -- 62

RL-B 18 8 -- 26