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TROJAN BOYS BASKETBALL: Marshall knocks off Worthington

Matt Dahlseid/Marshall Independent The Trojans Morgan Traylor (center) secures a defensive rebound during a Southwest Conference boys' basektball game Friday in Marshall.1 / 2
Matt Dahlseid/Marshall The Trojans' Marcus Potter (left) and Morgan Traylor (right) box-in Marshall's Riley Sharbono (center) during a Southwest Conference boys' basketball game Friday in Marshall.2 / 2

MARSHALL -- A double-double by Morgan Traylor (18 points, 10 rebounds) was not enough for the Worthington Trojans in a 58-48 loss to the Marshall Tigers during a Southwest Conference boys' basketball game Friday.

"In the second half, we had some defensive lapses and a few too many turnovers that Marshall was able to capitalize on," WHS coach Ron Vorwald said. "They made some runs and we couldn't claw our way back into the game."

The Tigers led by only one at halftime due to a strong defensive effort combined with a lack of turnovers by the Trojans.

"We were really patient on offense and defense in the first half," Vorwald said. "We didn't turn the ball over much, which allowed us to execute our offense. We wanted to slow down the game and we did a good job of that in the first."

Following Traylor on the Worthington score sheet was Jon Vorwald with 12 points all coming from beyond the arc to go along with eight points by Marcus Potter. Spencer Grafing picked up six points and four assists for the Trojans, while Will Dudley added four points and four assists in the game.

The Tigers were led by Hunter Peterson with 14 points, while Derek Buysse had 12 points. Austin Saugstad led the team in rebounds with nine, while Riley Sharbono and Tanner Bukowski both scored 11 points for Marshall.

"Going forward, we need to control the ball better against a pressure defense," Vorwald said. "We have to keep ourselves from making mistake after mistake and not let those mistakes lead to others. We didn't shoot well tonight, so we have to do a better job of putting the ball in the hole."

The Trojans (13-7, 7-5) travel to Martin County West Tuesday for a key sectional matchup.

WHS 22 26 -- 48

Marshall 23 35 -- 58

Adrian 66, Ellsworth 53

ADRIAN -- Brady Lonneman and Taylor Recker each scored 18 points to help the Adrian Dragons secure their second win of the season, defeating the Ellsworth Panthers Friday.

The Dragons led 36-20 after the first half, while Nick Reyne held the Panthers' top scorer, Mitch Leuthold, to zero baskets in the first and just three points in the second.

Offensively, Reyne had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Lonneman and Recker both had 11 rebounds. Collin Kemper pitched in 14 points in the game as well.

The Panthers were led by Johnathon Kramer, who had 19 points, while Daniel Kramer picked up 13 points and six assists. Drew Cheskie had nine points to go along with 12 rebounds by Tim Nolte.

The Dragons (2-19, 2-10) head to Fulda on Tuesday, while the Panthers (6-17, 5-9) take on Edgerton in Edgerton Tuesday.

Ellsworth 20 33 -- 53

Adrian 36 30 -- 66

H-BC 79, SWU 62

OKABENA - Jeff Sandbulte and Dylan Gehrke combined for 55 points to lead Hills-Beaver Creek to a 17-point victory over Southwestern United in a fast-paced, physical contest.

Sandbulte (eight rebounds, five assists) netted 21 points in the first half - including a buzzer-beating 10-foot pull-up bank shot as the Patriots (11-9, 8-5) took a 10-point lead into intermission.

Moving the ball well, H-BC stormed out to early leads of 11-2, 20-7 and 30-17 before the Wildcats twice sliced the gap to eight points.

Sandbulte scored another dozen points in the second half and finished with a game-high 33, while Gehrke tallied 13 of his 22 points after the break, including a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line.

Carey Taubert contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for the Patriots, while Dalton Bass (seven points) came up with six rebounds and a trio of assists.

H-BC opened up a 55-37 advantage before the Wildcats (10-10, 7-5) rallied with nine consecutive points on two inside buckets by Levi Taylor, a 3-pointer by Cole Bosma and a drive by Aaron Fest.

But, the Patriots responded with a 7-4 run, working to a 62-50 lead with eight minutes remaining and held a double-digit cushion the rest of the way, aided by Gehrke's free throw shooting.

Zach Schumacher (nine rebounds) and Andrew Kramer topped a well-balanced SWU attack with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as a total of 10 Wildcats scored.

Bosma (three steals) scored nine second-half points and Taylor nearly reached a double-double with nine rebounds and eight points.

Fest had a team-leading four assists for the Wildcats, while Mark Ferguson dished off a trio of basket-resulting passes.

SWU travels to Mountain Lake Tuesday, while H-BC hosts Southwest Christian the same night.

H-BC 42 37 - 79

SW United 32 30 - 62

W-WG 72, MCC 60

WESTBROOK - After not shooting well at the free throw line early in the game, the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers rode the hot outside shooting of Taylor Lindaman and also made their free throws down the stretch, claiming a 12-point win over Murray County Central.

Lindaman was a sizzling 7-of-10 on 3-point shots and finished with a game-high 29 points to lead the Chargers (8-13, 4-9), while Alex Knutson and Reed Bakken scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Sam Erickson connected on five 3-pointers for MCC, leading the Rebels (3-17, 3-11) in scoring with 23 points.

Both squads play conference games Tuesday night with MCC hosting Edgerton and W-WG traveling to Lamberton to tangle with Red Rock Central.

MCC 26 34 - 60

W-WG 31 41 - 72

Canby 74, T-M-B 49

TRACY - Michael Slaba connected on five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Canby to a 25-point Camden Conference win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

Lancer teammates Michael Sisk and Cole Brusven contributed 16 and 11 points, respectively, as Canby improves to an impressive 18-4 overall and is 11-3 in the Camden.

Alec Swan (two steals) scored 15 points to lead the Panthers (6-15, 4-8), while Mason Van Essen (seven), Jordan Lanoe (six), Brian Fultz (five) and Brett Swenhaugen (five) combined for 23 T-M-B points.

Canby hosts Deuel (S.D.) Monday and the Panthers travel to Tyler Thursday for a clash with Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.

Canby 38 36 - 74

T-M-B 21 28 - 49


Central Lyon 66, G-LR 55

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Lexi Ackerman scored a game-high 26 points to power the Central Lyon Lions to a Class 1A Region 1 Tournament semifinal win over the George-Little Rock Mustangs Friday.

The Lions held the Mustangs to a total of 14 points in the first and third quarters, but G-LR was able to score 41 points in the second and fourth quarters to keep the game close until the very end. Central Lyon went 12 of 17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to hold off George-Little Rock.

Along with her 26 points, Ackerman grabbed eight rebounds, dished out six assists and picked up five steals for the Lions. Kori Schulte added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Ivy Sieperda put up 13 points.

The Mustangs were led by Keeley Kruse's 12 points, followed by Teyha Graham's nine points.

The Lions (22-2) move on to play West Sioux for the Regional Championship in Sioux Center Monday. The Mustangs finish the season with a 13-12 record.

CL 19 15 16 16 -- 66

G-LR 6 20 8 21 -- 55

SWC 52, MLA 36

EDGERTON -- The Southwest Christian Eagles sewed up the Red Rock Conference girls' basketball title with a victory over the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines Friday.

The Eagles led by seven heading into halftime and held the Wolverines to just 19 points in the second to snag their 19th win of the season. Mountain Lake Area outshot Southwest Christian from the free-throw line by a 19-7 margin.

Amber Pater led Southwest Christian with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds in the game, while Hannah Van Dyke and Tianna Top (six rebounds) had 11 points apiece. Jennifer Schmidt had eight points.

Janessa Peters scored a game-high 17 points and had 12 rebounds for the Wolverines, while Paige Brown added 12 points and eight rebounds. Rachel Dukes had four assists.

Southwest Christian (19-4, 15-0) travels to Murray County Central Monday, while Mountain Lake Area (11-12, 6-9) take on Westbrook-Walnut Grove in Westbrook Monday.

MLA 17 19 -- 36

SWC 24 28 -- 52