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Thursday Prep Hoops Roundup: Fulda edges HL-O, 63-62

Sophomore Zoe Velde flips up an underhanded shot Thursday night in Pipestone Area's Section 3AA South semifinal game against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Windom. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)1 / 3
Senior Panthers guard is Kaylee Kirk is defended by the Arrows' MacKenzie Haroldson during Thhursday's semifinal game. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)2 / 3
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton's Cassidy Smith (1) gets her shot blocked by Pipestone Area's Miranda Hulstein. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)3 / 3
SECTION 3A BOYS BASKETBALL
Fulda 63, Heron Lake-Okabena 62

FULDA — Leighton Gehl scored a game-high 23 points and also contributed seven assists and five steals Thursday, and the Raiders rallied in the second half to edge the Wildcats.

HL-O led 35- 29 at the break, but Fulda went on a run to start the second half and quickly tied the game. The Raiders connected on key free throws down the stretch and emerged with the one-point win after a Wildcats 3-pointer at the final horn.

“We pressured a lot more in the full court in the second half and that caused some turnovers,” Fulda coach Andrew Oakland said. “We had two kids with five steals ... and we made them work in the full court as much as we could.”

Dalton Slinger added 20 points and five assists for the Raiders, who will next meet top-seeded Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in Section 3A tourney play at 11 a.m. Saturday in Worthington. Matthias Kunerth chipped in with eight points and 11 rebounds, while Payton Marquardt had five steals.

Malaki Walker topped HL-O with 14 points. Lee Gunther added 12 points, and Eli Fest had 11.

HL-O 35 62

Fulda 29 63

Adrian 78, Edgerton 55

ADRIAN — Ryan Wieneke scored 19 points to lead three Adrian players in double figures, and the Dragons opened up a 24-point halftime cushion on their way to a triumph over the Dutchmen.

Ian Stamer had 16 points for the Dragons, and Skylar Polzine had 12. Adrian will next meet Southwest Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday in Worthington.

Mitchell Veld led the Dragons on the boards with seven rebounds; Weineke and Christian Weidert had six apiece.

For Edgerton, Brayden Kuiper scored 20 points, with 18 of them coming via 3-pointers. Trey Gilbertson chipped in with 17 for the Dutchmen.

Edgerton 16 55

Adrian 40 78

H-BC 62, Ellsworth 58

HILLS — Junior Preston Wilhelmi poured in 32 points and Hills-Beaver Creek advanced to take on Westbrook-Walnut Grove in a 2:30 p.m. game Saturday in Worthington.

Wilhelmi connected on six 3-point baskets and three 2-point field goals while going 8-of-9 from the foul line. H-BC shot 22-for-51 from the floor as a team.

Wyatt Westrum and Bailey Susie each grabbed seven rebounds for the Patriots.

For the Panthers, Zach Buntjer led the way offensively with 18 points. Brandon Kramer added 15, and Grant Jansma had 14.

OTHER BOYS BASKETBALL ACTIONJCC 74, Blue Earth Area 53

BLUE EARTH — Rudy Voss scored 18 points, Bradley Buhl added 14 and Dylan Svovoda had 12 as the Huskies earned a win on the road.

The Huskies helped their cause offensively by connecting on 11 3-pointers on the night.

Cameron Anderson led BEA with 13 points, while Jacob Vaske contributed 10.

JCC 33 74

BEA 22 53

GIRLS BASKETBALLT-M-B 71, Pipestone Area 41

WINDOM — Tracy-Milroy-Balaton opened up a 20-point lead on the Arrows in the first half as the Panthers advanced to the Section 3AA South championship.

Pipestone Area concludes its season with a 12-13 record.

PA 23 41

T-M-B 43 71

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