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TROJAN BOYS BASKETBALL: Balanced attack leads WHS to win

LUVERNE -- Worthington used a balanced attack to defeat Southwest Conference rival Luverne 71-64 on Tuesday.

Morgan Traylor (17 points, 13 rebounds) led four Trojans in scoring double figures. Marcus Potter added 13 points and 13 assists, while Spencer Grafing (13 points) and Will Mulder (11 points) also provided firepower at the offensive end.

"It was a combination of hitting six 3-point shots and getting the ball inside to Morgan," Worthington head coach Ron Vorwald said. "With four guys (scoring) in double figures, we had great balance."

Vorwald was happy that the Trojans defended well and made smart decisions on offense.

"We played good defense and Marcus played very well with 13 assists with only three turnovers, while Jon Vorwald had six assists," Coach Vorwald said. "We took care of the ball after having only 11 turnovers in the game. That was very encouraging."

Worthington rebounded from its 84-78 home loss to the Cardinals on Dec. 11.

"We played really hard and I was really proud of our guys because this was a big win in the conference and will go a long way in the process of seeding us in the section tournament," Coach Vorwald said. "Every win is a big win at this time of year because everybody is trying to build momentum going into the tourney."

The victory moved Worthington (12-5 overall, 6-4 SWC) into a second-place tie with Luverne (13-7, 6-4) and Redwood Valley (15-4, 6-4).

The Trojans host Maple River at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Statistics for the Cardinals were not available at press time.

Sheldon 59,

Central Lyon 45

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Dallas Ennema dropped a game-high 23 points to lead the Sheldon Orabs past the Central Lyon Lions during a Siouxland Conference boys' basketball game Tuesday.

The Orabs jumped out to a 13-10 lead in the first quarter and extended their lead to 18 by halftime. Central Lyon tried to come back in the second, but Sheldon held on for the win.

James Gradert notched 15 points for the Orabs in the game.

Nic Lutmer scored 15 points for the Lions, while Kalen Eckenrod had 13 points.

Sheldon (19-2, 15-2) travels to Boyden-Hull Friday, while Central Lyon (10-11, 6-11) hosts Rock Valley Friday.

Sheldon 13 22 15 9 -- 59

Central Lyon 10 7 17 11 -- 45

Cedar Mnt./Comfrey 93,

Westbrook-WG 69

WESTBROOK -- Alex Knutson had 19 points for the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers in a loss to Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Tuesday.

Cedar Mountain led 47-28 by halftime, but Westbrook-Walnut Grove was able to cut the lead to 10 multiple times in the second half. However, the Chargers were unable to come all the way back.

Andrew Merrick had 10 to round out the scoring for the Chargers.

Cedar Mountain/Comfrey was led by Riley Kerkhoff, who picked up 28 points in the game.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove (6-11) takes on Mountain Lake Area Thursday in Mountain Lake.

Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 47 46 -- 93

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 28 41 -- 69

Harris-Lake Park 76,

Southwestern United 37

ROUND LAKE -- Effectively running the floor and executing several dazzling three-lane fast breaks, Harris-Lake Park surged for 24 unanswered points Tuesday night, turning an 18-11 lead into a 42-11 advantage as the Wolves claimed an impressive 76-37 victory over Southwestern United.

H-LP senior forward Eli Ihnen, who is averaging 22.8 points per game this season and recently became the all-time leading scorer in Wolves' history with more than 1,600 varsity career points, spearheaded the first-half run, scoring 23 of his game-high 34 points prior to intermission.

Tanner Hiveley and Brady Van Iperen each scored 12 points for H-LP (19-1) and Kade Heikens came through with a stellar all-around floor game for the Wolves with nine assists and five steals, while having only one turnover.

Colin Brons, who scored seven first-half points, paced HL-P on the boards with 14 rebounds, including 13 on the defensive end -- several which led to fast-break baskets for the Wolves, who won their 12th consecutive game.

Ihnen finished with seven rebounds for H-LP, which is ranked fifth in the state in Iowa's Class 1A.

Andrew Kramer netted a team-high 10 points for the Wildcats (7-9), who were tied with the Wolves at 7-7 before HL-P put together an 11-2 run to begin taking command.

Mark Ferguson played well for SWU and tallied eight points, while Cole Bosma (six points, four rebounds), Matt Soto (six rebounds, two assists) and Brandon Thurk (five rebounds) were other leading contributors for the Wildcats, who host Red Rock Central Thursday.

H-LP concludes its regular season Thursday with a trip to Spencer for a clash with the 3A Tigers.

Harris-Lake Park 44 32 -- 76

Southwestern United 14 23 -- 37

Okoboji 53,

Sibley-Ocheyedan 47

SIBLEY, Iowa -- Devin Vander Veen led the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals with 11 points in a loss to Okoboji Tuesday.

The Generals trailed by three after one half, but could not make a comeback in the second half.

Ty Hanna and Grant Juber both had 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring for the Generals.

Okoboji was led by Keaton Jones, who scored 14 points on the night.

The Generals (1-19) travels to George-Little Rock Friday.

Okoboji 30 23 -- 53

Sibley-Ocheyedan 27 20 -- 47


Ellsworth 79,

E.C.H.O. 51

ELLSWORTH -- Trei Hinrichs and Cole Meester led Ellsworth to a 79-51 non-conference boys basketball win over E.C.H.O. Charter on Monday.

Hinrichs scored a game-high 23 points and Meester added 21 more as the Panthers improved to 6-14 overall. Madison Lewis chipped in 17 points for Ellsworth.

Abe Faugstad led the Rockets with 18 points and Shawn Peterson scored 14 more.

The Panthers host Red Rock Central in a Red Rock Conference game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.