Prep boys basketball: Pipestone Area muscles Worthington; Windom Area gets dramatic win
PIPESTONE — The Pipestone Area-Worthington boys basketball game was a physical one Friday night.
And it was Pipestone Area delivering most of the blows.
The Arrows found their mark against the visiting Trojans, 66-53, putting four players in double figures and taking Worthington out of its offensive rhythm in the first half en route to a 42-29 lead at intermission.
A never-say-die WHS squad pulled to within nine points with the ball with about one and a half minutes left in the game — forcing the Arrows to re-introduce their starters — but they held on to win.
“Pipestone Area is a big, physical team,” said Worthington head coach Clint Meyer. “They really did a good job of crashing the boards. They really did a good job crashing for loose balls, and it was kind of an afterthought for us.”
Sophomore forward Tyl Woelber led Pipestone Area with 14 points. Carson Onken scored 13, Cooper Kanthak 11 and Joe Morgan 10.
Tyler Linder, a sophomore forward, scored 12 points to lead the Trojans. Teammates Stewart Merrigan and Nathan Braaksma scored 10 and nine points, respectively.
Worthington, which hosts Jackson County Central tonight, is 5-11 on the season. Pipestone Area is 9-9.
Worthington 29 53
Pipestone Area 42 66
WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Boever 0-2-0-4, Ojulu 0-2-0-4, Braaksma 0-4-1-9, VanHove 0-1-0-2, Calmus 0-2-0-4, Huisman 1-0-0-3, Merrigan 0-5-0-10, Sorenson 0-0-1-1, Linder 0-4-4-12, Boneschans 0-1-2-4. Totals 1-21-8-53.
PIPESTONE AREA (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Larson 0-1-1-3, Tinklenberg 0-1-0-2, Kanthak 0-5-1-11, Pottratz 0-1-2-4, Onken 0-6-1-13, Rops 0-3-3-9, Woelber 1-5-1-14, Morgan 0-5-0-10. Totals 1-27-9-66.
Windom Area 66, Redwood 65
REDWOOD FALLS — Windom Area was on the brink of its fourth straight loss after starting the season 12-4, then Sam Huska did what a senior’s supposed to do.
The Eagles trailed 65-63 to a Redwood Valley squad that was also reeling a bit coming in as the clock ticked below 10 seconds. Huska changed Windom Area’s fate with 9.1 seconds to go when he drilled a 3-pointer.
That proved to be the difference in a 66-65 Windom Area victory that snapped a three-game losing streak.
“We’ve had a string of really intense and tough losses,” Eagles head coach Chad Elston said. “We’ve had chances in all of them but just haven’t been able to make the plays down the stretch. But this was a huge win. It’s huge momentum going into the end of the season.”
Huska’s triple was the end of a big night for the senior. He tallied 21 points to lead the Windom Area offense. Jeff Pfeffer checked in with 13 while Brian Ogeka and Austin Fast had nine each.
James Pendleton scored a game-high 24 points for Redwood Valley. Colten Minkel added 14 with Cade Johnson checking in at 12. Johnson needed only 11 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He hit the milestone with his final bucket of the night. That came with only about one minute to go.
The Eagles (13-7 overall, 5-6 Big South) have a tough test again tonight when they travel to Slayton for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against Class A No. 6-ranked Murray County Central. Redwood Valley fell to 12-7 overall.
“There just aren’t any easy games around here,” Elston said.
Windom Area 31 66
Redwood Valley 26 65
Edgerton 71, W-WG 48
WESTBROOK — Edgerton went on a 22-1 run to start the second half after being deadlocked 33-33 at halftime.
Luke Drooger, who hit seven 3-point shots in the game, finished with 24 points while gaining six rebounds and making six assists. Mason Sluis added 16 points and had 10 rebounds. Trevor Fluit had nine steals to go with seven points.
Tyson Elzenga scored 10 points for Westbrook-Walnut Grove.
Edgerton 33 71
W-WG 33 48
H-LP 59, Akron-Westfield 53
LAKE PARK, Iowa — Jordan Kyle scored 27 points and was 11-of-15 from the free throw line for Harris-Lake Park, which evened its record at 8-8.
Dahlton Burdorf and Bret Sohn each contributed nine points for the Wolves, with Burdorf getting five assists.
Cal Eskra had 16 points for Akron-Westfield, which falls to 3-14 despite connecting on seven 3-pointers in the second half.
A-W 11 20 33 53
H-LP 15 31 42 59
West Lyon 70, G-LR 62
GEORGE, Iowa — West Lyon improved to 9-8 on the season as Isaac Heyer scored 17 points and Colton Hage added 14.
Jesse Kramer and Lucas Nagel had 13 points apiece for George-Little Rock. Austin Jensen scored nine and Josh Haken had nine rebounds and six assists.
The loss dropped G-LR to 4-12.
West Lyon 19 35 57 70
G-LR 8 28 48 62