BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Windom wins SWC thriller
WINDOM -- Twice on Saturday, Windom's girls' basketball team trailed by four points with less than one minute left.
And twice, Eagles' forward Aimee Johnson came up with clutch baskets -- one to send the game into overtime, and one to win it.
Johnson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, including a game-winning free throw with two seconds left, as Windom eeked out a 75-74 victory against Luverne.
It was a classic Southwest Conference clash until the bitter end, and a win that escaped the Cardinals -- just barely.
Luverne was up by four points with 45 seconds left in regulation.
But Windom's Makenzie Lovell hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, the Cardinals only hit one of their free-throws on the ensuing possession and Johnson converted a layup in the final moments to force extra time.
Again in overtime, Luverne held a four-point lead heading into the final minute.
This time, Chelsea Garrison nailed a 3 from the corner and the teams traded a few free throws before Windom took the ball trailing 74-73 with 15 seconds on the clock.
Johnson got the ball inside, and the Cardinals fouled her with two seconds left.
The senior converted both free throws, and Luverne's desperation half-court shot fell awry.
Windom won the game with starting point guard Sierra Even sitting on the bench for the final 13 minutes.
Even had tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists before fouling out midway through the second half.
Garrison scored 16 points and grabbed four steals for the Eagles, while Lovell added 11 points and four rebounds.
For Luverne, Hilary Deragisch and Liberty Robinson each scored 20 points, while Meghann Stanley pitched in 16.
The Cardinals (7-16, 3-8) round out their regular season tonight at Pipestone Area, while Windom (7-14, 2-9) hosts Jackson County Central.
Luverne 29 37 8 -- 74
Windom 36 30 9 -- 75
Minneota 69, Fulda 67
FULDA -- Courtney Hulstein scored 25 and Lane Gehl added 14, including her 1,000th career point, but it wasn't quite enough to push Fulda past Minneota (20-3) in a non-conference matchup.
Between the nine and six-minute marks of the second half, the two teams exchanged leads five times.
Trailing by two points in the game's final seconds, the Raiders took a charge to gain possession and a final chance at winning the game.
Their halfcourt shot fell short, though.
The turnover total for both teams combined was less than 20.
Mari Holinka notched a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Brittany Hulstein dished out six assists for Fulda (16-8), which travels to Murray County Central tonight.
Minneota was led by Ashlynn Muhl, who scored 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Minneota 30 39 -- 69
Fulda 38 29 -- 67
RRC 55, Lakeview 52
MARSHALL -- A last-chance 3-pointer by Lakeview clanged off the rim, and Red Rock Central escaped Southwest Minnesota St.'s gym with a narrow victory.
Nichole Schroeder sparked the Falcons (11-10) with 17 points and seven rebounds, while her teammate Klarissa Larsen pitched in 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Jenna Smith and Alyssa Fredrickson also scored nine and eight points, respectively, and Cierra Nickel passed out 10 assists for RRC.
The Falcons host Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin tonight.
Lakeview 21 31 -- 52
RRC 26 29 -- 55
MCC 67, Ellsworth 39
ELLSWORTH -- Moving one step closer to a Red Rock Conference title, Murray County Central (19-3, 14-1) cruised past Ellsworth.
Abby Van Meveren netted 18 points, including 10-of-12 free throws, to lead the Rebels.
Emily Bose racked up 15 points, five rebounds and five blocks for MCC; Colleen Everson came up with 12 points and five rebounds and Alyssa Schmidt dished out six assists and grabbed four steals.
For Ellsworth, Andre DeBoer scored 13 points and Bridget Kramer added nine.
The Panthers (7-16, 5-11) go to Round Lake-Brewster tonight, while MCC travels to Fulda.
The Rebels are a half-game ahead of Southwest Christian in the league with two games remaining.
MCC 36 31 -- 67
Ellsworth 23 16 -- 39
Spencer 48, MOC-FV 44
ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Spencer is one game away from the Iowa state tournament after knocking off top-seeded MOC-Floyd Valley in a Class 3A Region 1 semifinals matchup.
Now, the Orabs (16-7) will look to carry the momentum from their upset win into Tuesday night's regional final against Storm Lake.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cherokee, Iowa.