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TROJAN GIRLS BASKETBALL: Worthington girls knock off Redwood

REDWOOD FALLS -- Paige Gravenhof scored a game-high 19 points and picked up five rebounds to lead the Worthington Trojan girls basketball team to a 57-24 victory over the Redwood Valley Cardinals in a Southwest Conference basketball game Friday.

The Trojans jumped out to a 16-point lead by the end of the first half and held the Cardinals to 10 points in the second to claim the win. Redwood Valley committed 32 turnovers in the game, while Worthington had a season-low 14 turnovers on the night.

"They started the first half playing man-to-man, but it didn't give us a lot of trouble since we were shooting pretty well early," Trojan coach Eric Lindner said. "I think we hit out first three 3-point shots in the game.

"Then our pressure on defense gave them fits and we caused them to turn over the ball a lot."

Also scoring in double-digits for the Trojans was Ana Boever, who had 11 points on the night. K.C. Riley added eight points, while Apiew Alwal led the team in rebounds with eight.

"In the second half, they tried to pressure us some more and we handled that really well," Lindner said. "We were in control of the ball and executed well all night instead of just throwing the ball around."

Ten players had points in the game for the Trojans with nine players picking up two or more points. Worthington also made six of its 13 3-point attempts against Redwood Valley.

"We were able to get a lot of kids playing time tonight," Lindner said. "We also shot really well from the perimeter in the game."

Worthington held all Cardinals shooters to less than six points, with only two players putting up more than five points on the night.

"We played really good defense tonight," Lindner said. "Any time you can hold a team to 14 points in the first half and then only let them score 10 more points in the second you have to be happy with your defensive play."

The Trojans (9-3, 4-1) head to Luverne Tuesday to take on the Cardinals in a key Southwest Conference matchup.

WHS 30 27 -- 57

RWV 14 10 -- 24