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TROJAN BOYS BASKETBALL: Worthington claims SWC win over JCC

JACKSON -- Morgan Traylor dropped 26 points and picked up 16 rebounds to power the Worthington Trojans to a 84-79 victory against the Jackson County Central Huskies Tuesday during a Southwest Conference boys' basketball game.

"We were able to get things done down the stretch to extend our lead and get the win," WHS coach Ron Vorwald said.

The Trojans led 44-29 at the end of the first half, but the Huskies were able to apply pressure and cause turnovers to go on an 8-0 run to begin the second half.

"Our one Achilles' heel this game was our turnovers," Vorwald said. "We have to give JCC a lot of credit for the pressure they were able to put on us to get those turnovers."

Jon Vorwald and Marcus Potter put up 14 points apiece for the Trojans, while Vorwald added seven assists and Potter had six assists. Spencer Grafing was second on the team in scoring with 15 points, while Will Dudley and Will Mulder picked up eight and seven points, respectively.

"We have to work on our execution on offense to get rid of all those turnovers," coach Vorwald said. "Working with extreme pressure will help us get over that, but we will still have to work hard to get things fixed."

The Huskies were led by 22 points from Austin Hinkeldey, while Taylor Christopher had 20 points. Darnell Taylor-Breck added 19 points on the night.

Worthington (14-6, 7-4) faces Marshall in a Southwest Conference showdown Friday, while Jackson County Central (12-8, 5-6) hosts Redwood Valley Friday.

WHS 44 40 -- 84

JCC 29 50 -- 79

Fulda 59, W-WG 58

FULDA -- Todd Peterson put in a running jumper with 3 seconds left to lift the Fulda Raiders past the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers Tuesday.

The Raiders trailed by 12 points with 8 minutes left in the second half, but were able to fight back to claim the lead in the final minute of the game. The Chargers' Aaron Hass sank a putback with 16 seconds left to give W-WG the lead, but Peterson's jumper sealed the win for Fulda.

Andy Oakland picked up 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Raiders, while Peterson finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Cole Dierks put up 10 points off the bench for Fulda in the game.

Taylor Lindaman went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line on his way to 16 points for the Chargers, while Hass added 13 points on the night. Andrew Merrick chipped in 11 points for W-WG.

Fulda (8-15, 6-7) hosts Adrian Tuesday, while W-WG (7-13, 3-9) hosts Murray County Central Friday.

W-WG 28 30 -- 58

Fulda 22 37 -- 59

Mountian Lake Area 65, Red Rock Central 54

LAMBERTON -- Carter Kirk picked up 21 points to help the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines defeat the Red Rock Central Falcons Tuesday.

The Falcons led 37-34 at halftime and held a 52-51 lead with seven minutes left in the second before the Wolverines went on a 14-2 run to take the win.

Josiah Stoesz was second on the team in scoring for the Wolverines with 14 points, while Andrew Hempeck added 10 points.

Henry Rogotzke scored a game-high 23 points for the Falcons to go along with 14 rebounds. Jeff DeCock had 16 points and six rebounds in the game.

The Wolverines (18-3, 12-0) travels to Southwest Christian Friday for a key Red Rock Conference matchup, while the Falcons (11-9, 7-6) head to Renville County West Saturday.

MLA 34 21 -- 65

RRC 37 17 -- 54

Southwest Christian 93,

Murray Co. Central 49

EDGERTON -- Klint Knutson racked up 18 points to lead the Southwest Christian Eagles to a win against the Murray County Central Rebels Tuesday.

The Eagles used their pressure defense to cause turnovers to cruise to a 59-27 lead at halftime. SWC had 10 3-pointers in the game to go along with 31 assists and only seven turnovers.

Nate Pfeifle scored 17 points to go along with 14 points from Leighton Sampson (10 rebounds) and Eric Talsma. Luke Nibbelink had 10 points and 10 assists, while Clayton Huisken picked up nine assists and three steals.

The Rebels were led by Sam Erickson's 11 points, followed by nine points from Cole Bly. Bly also had six rebounds, while Jack Thony had seven points, five rebounds and two steals.

The Eagles (19-1, 12-0) host Mountain Lake Area Friday, while the Rebels take on Westbrook-Walnut Grove in Westbrook Friday.

SWC 59 34 -- 93

MCC 27 22 -- 49

Hills-Beaver Creek 93,

Adrian 69

HILLS -- Jeff Sandbulte dropped 32 points to power the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots to a win over the Adrian Dragons Tuesday.

Sandbulte scored 20 of his points in the first half to help the Patriots take a 41-39 lead into halftime. H-BC opened the game up in the second half on three straight steals leading to quick points for the Patriots.

Dylan Gehrke was second on the team in points with 21 to go along with seven rebounds and six steals, while Sandbulte also had eight rebounds and six steals in the game. Carey Taubert picked up 11 points, while Jon Gallagher had eight rebounds.

Taylor Recker had 28 points for the Dragons, while Brady Lonneman added 15 points and 15 rebounds on the night. Nick Reyne also had 10 points for Adrian.

The Patriots (10-9, 7-5) head to Okabena to take on Southwestern United Friday, while the Dragons (1-19, 1-11) host Ellsworth Friday.

Adrian 39 30 -- 69

H-BC 41 52 -- 93

Edgerton 81,

Lincoln HI 68

EDGERTON -- Austin Mertens scored a team-high 24 points for the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in a victory against Lincoln HI Tuesday.

The Dutchmen used a 30 of 55 shooting night from the field to power their offense to 81 points in the game. Mertens was 11 of 12 from the field for Edgerton, while the Dutchmen dished out 25 assists on their 30 baskets.

Jorge Lopez had 16 points for the Patriots to go along with 15 points and five assists from Brett Ford. Isaac Heard led the team in rebounds with nine and in assists with 13.

Lincoln HI was led by Jordan Beck's 26 points, followed by 21 points from Nate Pavek.

Edgerton (7-10) hosts Ellsworth Monday.

Lincoln HI 28 40 -- 68

Edgerton 38 43 -- 81

T-M-B 50,

Minneota 46

TRACY -- Parker Lanoue scored 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists to lead the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers past Minneota Tuesday.

The Panthers held a 12 point lead at halftime, but only just held of Minneota in the second half for the win.

Brian Fultz was second on the team in scoring with 11 points for T-M-B, while Alec Swan had nine points and three assists.

Minneota was led by 12 points from Aaric Christenson.

The Panthers (6-14, 4-7) travels to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Thursday.

Minneota 12 34 -- 46

T-M-B 24 26 -- 50


Central Lyon 75,

Harris-Lake Park 37

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Lexi Ackerman scored a game-high 27 points to go along with eight assists and six steals to lead the Central Lyon Lions to a 75-37 Class 1A Region 1 Girls' Basketball Tournament quarterfinal win over the Harris-Lake Park Wolves Tuesday.

The Lions jumped out to a 27-11 by the end of the first quarter, but Wolves cut the lead to just 10 with five minutes left in the second quarter.

However, Central Lyon closed out the first half on a 14-2 run to head into the locker room at halftime up by 22.

Behind Ackerman on the score sheet was Kori Schulte, who had 19 points on the night for the Lions.

Noreen Morrow led the Wolves with 11 points in the game, followed by Mariah Gath's six points.

The Lions (21-2) host the George-Little Rock Mustangs in the semifinals Friday. The Mustangs defeated Clay Central-Everly 50-17 Tuesday in George.

The Wolves finish the season with a 14-6 record.

C Lyon 27 16 13 15 -- 75

H-LP 11 10 13 3 -- 37