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PREP GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Vander Woude's free throw with 5.6 seconds lifts SWC over Fulda 67-66

EDGERTON -- In a game which was nip-and-tuck all the way with neither team ever holding more than a seven-point lead, Southwest Christian's girls' basketball team prevailed Friday night as the Eagles held off a strong Fulda rally and claimed a 67-66 Red Rock Conference victory, giving the Raiders their first league loss.

Senior forward Deidra Vander Woude netted a free throw with 5.6 seconds on the clock to give the Eagles -- who made several late-game shots from the line -- a four-point lead, 67-63.

Fulda senior guard Courtney Hulstein answered with her fourth 3-pointer of the second half -- sixth of the game -- but as time expired, the Eagles (13-2, 9-2) held on for the dramatic victory, avenging an earlier 25-point loss (87-62 at Fulda, Jan. 10) to the Raiders.

Vander Woude scored 13 of her team-high 21 points in the second half to lead Southwest Christian, while also coming up with eight rebounds.

Amber Pater (four assists) scored 12 points after intermission and finished with 16 for the game.

Megan De Ruyter (seven rebounds, three steals) scored 12 points for the Eagles, while Jennifer Schmidt contributed six timely points in the first half.

Hannah Van Dyke passed for a game-high eight assists to lead the Eagles, who travel to Slayton Thursday for a key conference clash with the Murray County Central Rebels.

Hulstein was spectacular for Fulda, finishing with a game-high 37 points to go with seven rebounds.

Melissa Gehl (12 points), Tiffany Gehl (eight rebounds, six points, four steals), Rachel Cheadle (eight rebounds) and Brooke Wenzel (three assists) also made strong contributions for the Raiders (14-4, 10-1), who play today (10:30 a.m.) at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. against a fine team from Summit, S.D.

Fulda 29 37 -- 66

SW Christian 30 37 -- 67

Adrian 50, Ellsworth 35

ELLSWORTH -- Applying strong defensive pressure in the first half, the Adrian Dragons avenged an earlier season loss to the Ellsworth Panthers,

The Dragons, who opened up a 17-point lead by intermission, won their fifth consecutive game and improved to 13-4 for the campaign (8-3 Red Rock Conference).

Taylor Voss (13), Austyn Thier (12) and Sydne Springman (nine) combined for 34 of Adrian's points.

Bridget Kramer (13 points, six rebounds, three assists) led Ellsworth in scoring, while Alexa Huisman netted 12 points.

Emily Timmer and Abby Drenth each had six rebounds for the Panthers (8-8, 6-5), who host Edgerton Thursday.

Adrian hosts Worthington in an annual non-conference game Tuesday night.

Adrian 32 18 -- 50

Ellsworth 15 20 -- 35

W-WG 55, RRC 45

WESTBROOK -- In winning its eighth game of the season, Westbrook-Walnut Grove outscored Red Rock Central by five points in each half and ended a two-game winning streak for the Falcons, who had won three of their last four games entering Friday night's contest.

Paige Erickson (six assists, five rebounds) scored 17 points to the Chargers (8-8, 6-5), while Anne Woelber connected on a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 14 points and six assists.

Maddie Frank (seven points) and Katie Dusek each had five steals for W-WG, while both Karley Deprez and Dayna Comnick claimed five rebounds.

Sophomore guard Melanie Kedl scored 17 points and came up with nine rebounds to lead RRC (3-14, 2-10).

Klarissa Larsen (10 points, seven rebounds, five blocks), Cassie Erickson (10 rebounds), Brooke Rasmussen (nine points, four assists) and Katie Larsen (nine rebounds, five steals) were also key contributors for the Falcons, who travel to Morgan Monday night to tangle with Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.

W-WG is also in action Monday, traveling to Ivanhoe for a non-conference game against Lincoln HI.

RRC 21 24 -- 45

W-WG 26 29 -- 55

Edgerton 60, H-BC 53

EDGERTON -- Edgerton had four players score in double figures, while Hills-Beaver Creek placed three of its scorers in that category in a closely-contested Red Rock Conference match won by the hosting Flying Dutchmen.

Edgerton (11-5, 8-4) trailed early by a score of 14-6 but closed out the first half with a strong run to take the lead by halftime.

Lindsey Drooger (eight rebounds) led the hosts with 14 points, followed by Sarah Post (five assists) and Tanner Gunnink each with 12 points. Jessica Menning (three steals) totaled 10 points, while Breana Van Dyke claimed eight rebounds in the win.

Katlyn Sandbulte led H-BC (1-15, 1-9) with a game-high 17 points, while Meghan Leuthold posted a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Paige Leuthold (five assists) was the Patriots other double-digit scorer with 11 points and Haley Van Wyhe contributed four steals and four assists.

The Flying Dutchmen host Minneota Monday, while the Patriots travel to Ivanhoe Tuesday to play Lincoln HI.

H-BC 21 32 -- 53

Edgerton 27 33 -- 60

MCC 64, ML/B-O 38

BUTTERFIELD -- Taylor Schreier led Murray County Central with 13 points, while Makenzie Giese (three 3-pointers) added 12 points and Jenna Ness totaled 11 points as the Rebels jumped out to a big half-time lead and defeated the Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Wolverines in Red Rock Conference action.

Janessa Peters scored a game-high 24 points to lead the hosts' effort.

MCC (10-6, 8-3) hosts Southwest Christian Thursday, while ML/B-O (2-15, 1-10) is at Adrian the same day.

MCC 36 28 -- 64

ML/B-O 15 23 -- 38

CL 53, Okoboji 44

OKOBOJI, Iowa -- Jennifer Johnson had 14 points, Kelsey Ackerman had 12 points and Lexi Ackerman had eight points, eight assists, five steals and 10 rebounds to lead Central Lyon's girls' basketball team Friday.

Skylar Hansen had 17 points to lead Okoboji (5-13).

CL (16-2) hosts Boyden-Hull and Okoboji travels to Rock Valley Tuesday.

CL 15 18 6 14 -- 53

Okoboji 11 14 6 13 -- 44

SC 49, S-O 31

SIBLEY, Iowa -- Alyssa Hibbing had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Kayla Ackerman had 10 points to lead Sibley-Ocheyedan's girls' basketball team Friday, but it wasn't enough, as Jillian Estes' 16 points and Paige Forman's 10 points fueled Sioux Center (10-8) to victory.

S-O (6-10) hosts Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn today.

SC 6 15 15 13 -- 49

S-O 7 9 6 9 -- 31