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PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL Place scores 1,000th point in win over Madelia

OKABENA - Scoring 27 points Thursday, Southwestern United sophomore Courtney Place surpassed the 1,000-point mark in her stellar varsity career and paced the Wildcats to a dominating 72-35 victory over Madelia in an opening round Section 2A South high school girls basketball game.

The victory advances seventh-seeded SWU to the tournament quarterfinals and a clash with No. 2 Granada-Huntley-East Chain (13-6) at East Chain Tuesday.

Madelia, the No. 10 seed, battled the Wildcats well most of the first half, knotting the score at 18 before SWU finished with a 10-2 run prior to the break, which included a pair of free throws by Place - giving her membership in the 1,000-point club.

Place scored 20 more points in the second half, including a trio of 3-pointers, as the Wildcats broke the contest open and extended their lead throughout the final 18 minutes.

Place, who was the Red Rock Conference's leading scorer this year, upped her season's total to 524 and now has 1,020 points for her career - with two campaigns remaining.

Sonja Peters and Kailey Wendland scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, to help the Wildcats (9-15), who have won four of their last five games.

Peters scored nine of her points in the second half, including a 3-pointer, while Sarah Baumgard (six points, three steals), Andrea Hinkeldey (five assists, three steals) and Autumn Hinkeldey (four assists, two steals) were among the other key contributors to SWU's strong 44-point second-half performance.

Place completed a fine all-around game for the Wildcats by pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds, along with dishing off a game-leading six assists.

A total of 10 players scored for SWU.

Danielle Arndt scored nine points and both Cinthia Sotelo and Carina Aguilar netted eight points for the Blackhawks, who finished their season with a 3-23 record.

Madelia 20 15 - 35

SW United 28 44 - 72

Red Rock Central 66,

Truman 31

JEFFERS - Brooke Rasmussen had 19 points, four steals and three assists as Red Rock Central advanced to the Section 2A South quarterfinals after defeating Truman on Thursday.

Eighth-grader Rachel Kedl pulled down 13 rebounds and scored 10 points for a double-double. She also added four steals and four blocked shots for the Falcons.

Other Red Rock Centrals players who scored points were Tegan Derickson (eight), Cassie Erickson (seven) and Hannah Sell (six).

Truman 16 15 - 31

Red Rock Central 37 29 - 66

Westbrook-WG 61,

Edgerton 48

WESTBROOK - Hustling for 18 steals and claiming 44 rebounds, Westbrook-Walnut Grove advanced to the Section 3A South quarterfinals with a Thursday evening opening round victory over Edgerton, 61-48.

The Chargers, who are the tournament's No. 7 seed, snapped a 25-25 halftime tie with a well-played second half, earning the right to play No. 2 Southwest Christian (20-4) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Worthington.

Paige Erickson filled up the stat sheet for the Chargers (11-12) as she blocked a shot, came up with seven steals, scored a game-high 22 points and claimed an impressive game-leading 18 rebounds.

Elizabeth Woelber (three assists, three steals), Abby Herding (four assists, two steals) and Kelsi Wahl (nine rebounds, three assists, three steals) also scored in double figures for W-WG, tallying 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Dayna Comnick blocked a shot and contributed five points, seven rebounds and three steals to the Chargers' well-balanced win.

Ciara Evert knocked down four 3-pointers for Edgerton, leading the Flying Dutchmen in scoring with 15 points, while the trio of Jessica Menning, Tara Dekam and Kameron Kroh each contributed eight points.

Edgerton, the No. 10 seed, finished its season with a 4-20 record.

Edgerton 25 23 - 48

W-WG 25 36 - 61

Ellsworth 49,

Hills-Beaver Creek 44

ELLSWORTH -- Bridget Kramer scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Ellsworth Panthers past the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots in the first round of the Class A Section 3 Southern Division Tournament Thursday.

The Panthers were down by one at halftime, but came back in the second half using a full-court press on defense to cause turnovers by the Patriots. Ellsworth also became more patient on offense in the second half as well.

Amber Walkowaik and Alexa Huisman both scored 11 points for the Panthers, while Huisman added five assists in the game. Hannah Mulder led the team in rebounds with 13 on the night.

Paige Leuthold picked up a game-high 19 points for the Patriots to go along with seven points from Kelli Esselink. Haley Van Wyhe and Meghan Leuthold each had six points.

Ellsworth (12-13) moves on to the second round of the section playoffs to face No. 1 Wabasso at 11 a.m. Saturday in Worthington. Hills-Beaver Creek finished the season 6-17 and 3-13 in the Red Rock Conference.

H-BC 28 16 -- 44

Ellsworth 27 22 -- 49