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PREP BASKETBALL: Wolverines take down Saints, improve to 8-2

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Carter Kirk mustered 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines boys basketball team to a win over St. James Area Monday.

The Wolverines led by 16 heading into halftime and used a balanced attack on offense to overpower St. James Area the rest of the way. MLA outrebounded St. James Area 35-20.

Both Andrew Hempeck and Cody Klassen had 12 points in the game for the Wolverines with Hempeck adding eight rebounds.

St. James Area was led by Zach Brandts, who had 18 points in the game.

The Wolverines (8-2) host Red Rock Central Thursday.

St. James Area 19 32 -- 51

MLA 35 31 -- 66

JCC 79, Lincoln C. 63

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa -- Jackson County Central earned a road victory at Estherville Lincoln Central on Monday.

"We had a lot of different guys play well," JCC head coach Trent Sukalski said. "It was a good ballgame and a good win."

Jon Harmening (18 points, 17 rebounds), Nolan Hohenstein (14 points, eight rebounds), Darnell Taylor-Breck (13 points), Austin Hinckeldey (12 points), Taylor Christopher (11 points), Shadrack Wacker (eight points, eight assists) led the Huskies, who improved to 7-4 overall this season.

"Estherville competed really hard. It was a hard-fought game," Sukalski said. "The final score doesn't really show how close this game was. It was a five-point game heading into the fourth quarter. Our defense was solid, getting some key stops late in the game and we executed very well down the stretch."

Jackson County Central plays a Southwest Conference game at Worthington at 7:30 p.m. today.

JCC 36 43 -- 79

Lincoln Central 29 34 -- 63

Springfield 63, SWU 52

SPRINGFIELD -- Springfield pulled away during the second half of a non-conference game against Southwestern United on Monday.

Andrew Kramer (16 points, five steals, five assists), Zach Schumacher (13 points, six rebounds) and Aaron Fess (five rebounds) led the Wildcats, who are 2-5 overall this season.

Tyler Vogel (20 points), Isaac Kirschstein (12 points), Jacob Menage (10 points) were the top scorers for the Tigers, who are 8-3 overall this season.

Southwestern United hosts Murray County Central in a Red Rock Conference game Thursday.

SWU 27 25 -- 52

Springfield 27 36 -- 63

Minneota 76,

Adrian 53

ADRIAN -- Adrian drained 11 baskets from 3-point range during a non-conference loss to Minneota on Monday.

Nick Reyne (16 points, six rebounds, four assists), Collin Kemper (12 points, four assists), Taylor Recker (nine rebounds, two steals), Brady Lonnerman (eight rebounds) led the Dragons, who are 0-10 overall this season.

Adrian played a solid first half and trailed by only four points (31-27) at halftime, making seven 3-pointers in the first 18 minutes.

Reyne and Kemper each knocked down four 3-pointers for the Dragons.

Minneota, which committed eight turnovers and forced 25, pulled away during the second half.

The Vikings (7-3 overall) were led by Dylan Tolk (22 points), Dan Harrison (14 points) and Aaric Christenson (10 points).

Adrian hosts Hills-Beaver Creek at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Minneota 31 45 -- 76

Adrian 27 36 -- 53

Lakeview 68,

Edgerton 65

COTTONWOOD -- Issac Heard missed a last second, long-range 3-pointer that would have tied the game for the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen boys basketball team in a non-conference loss to Lakeview Monday.

After trailing by 10 points at halftime, the Dutchmen used eight points from Heard and three 3-pointers by Jesse Berning to cut Lakeview's lead to three before the final shot by Heard.

Brett Ford led Edgerton with 20 points in the game, while Heard had 10 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Berning put up 13 points to go along with A.J. Ciaburri's 14 points and nine rebounds.

Lakeview was led by Spencer Larsen, who had 16 points in the game.

The Dutchmen (3-2) host the Ellsworth Panthers Thursday.

Edgerton 34 31 -- 65

Lakeview 44 24 -- 68

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 65, Hills-Beaver Creek 61

HILLS -- Despite leading by nine heading into halftime, the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots fell short against the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights, who scored 42 points in the second half to claim the comeback win Monday.

The Patriots went 7 of 24 in the second half and scored just 27 points after putting up 34 in the first half.

Hills-Beaver Creek was led by Jeff Sandbulte's 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Dylan Gehrke added 17 points. Carey Taubert had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Patriots to go along with 10 points by Jon Gallagher.

The Knights were led by 21 points from Shay Wabeke.

H-BC (2-5) heads to Adrian Thursday to play the Dragons.

R-T-R 23 42 -- 65

H-BC 34 27 -- 61


Ellsworth 55,

Harris-Lake Park 51

ELLSWORTH -- Amber Walkowaik led all scorers with 23 points in a 55-51 victory for the Ellsworth Panthers over the Harris-Lake Park Wolves in a non-conference girls basketball game Monday.

The Panthers led by as many as 14 in the first half, but allowed the Wolves to make a comeback in the second half to make things close. Two made free-throws by Bridget Kramer with 9 seconds left in the game sealed the win for Ellsworth.

Walkowaik made four 3-pointers in the game to go along with seven rebounds for the Panthers. Kramer had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Alexa Huisman put up 11 points in the game for the Ellsworth.

Leading scorers for the Wolves were Noreen Morrow with 14 points and Mariah Gath with 13.

The Panthers (5-7) host the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen today, while the Wolves (7-4) travel to Hartley to take on Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Monday.

H-LP 25 26 -- 51

Ellsworth 32 23 -- 55