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Boys basketball: Southwest Christian boys top Ellsworth to stay unbeaten

EDGERTON —In a battle of undefeated boys basketball teams Friday night, defending state Class A champion Southwest Christian used good defense, accurate free throw shooting and — in the second half — a fast-breaking style that pushed the ball inside to senior center Leighton Sampson to down the Ellsworth Panthers 77-53.

Sampson scored 21 of his game-high 32 points after intermission as the Eagles moved their 2013-14 record to 3-0 while dropping Ellsworth to 5-1.

Ellsworth trailed only by seven points at halftime, 34-27, before Southwest Christian outscored the visitors 43-26 the rest of the way.

The Eagles did a good job defensively on the Panthers’ high-scoring senior guard Mitchell Leuthold, who finished with only six points. They also hit 15 of 16 free throws in the game, compared to Ellsworth’s eight of 21.

Rebounding was also key. Southwest gathered 44 boards compared to Ellsworth’s 18.

Sampson had 10 rebounds to go along with his point total. Teammate Clayton Huisken scored 17 points and had six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Nate Pfeifle scored 10 points with nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Drew Cheskie led Ellsworth with 20 points and six rebounds. Teammate Justin Kruse had seven points and four rebounds.

Ellsworth 27 53

Southwest 34 77

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 71, Red Rock Central 45

LAMBERTON — Balanced scoring helped Westbrook-Walnut Grove produce a solid victory over Red Rock Central.

The Chargers (1-3) were led by Alex Knutson and Matt Otto with 15 points apiece. Shane Buchman scored 14 points and Walker Christians and Tristan Joel each added 10.

For Red Rock Central (0-3), Sam Halter scored 14 points with six rebounds, and Austin Price scored 10 points and also had six rebounds.

Red Rock Central committed 34 turnovers to Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s 18.

W-WG 28 71

RRC 15 45

Mountain Lake Area 76, Adrian 64

ADRIAN — Mountain Lake Area remained perfect, flexing its muscles to a 76-64 victory over Adrian.

Cody Klassen scored 29 points for the Wolverines while Carter Kirk added 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Taylor Recker led Adrian with 24 points. Nick Reyne scored 17.

Mountain Lake took an early lead in the game, shooting 12-of-18 from the free throw line in the first half while Adrian struggled when there, shooting 4-of-14 before the break. The Dragons cut the game to within six in the first half but couldn’t hold on, trailing by 17 points at the break.

Adrian fell to 2-2 and Mountain Lake Area is 3-0.

MLA 40 76

Adrian 23 64

Sleepy Eye St. Marys 69, Murray County Central 58

SLEEPY EYE — John Brandl scored 16 points and Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s defeated Murray County Central by 11.

David Suprenant with 14 points and Jared Rothmeier with 12 supplemented Sleepy Eye’s scoring.

Grant Rohrer tallied 18 points for MCC and Logan Kluis scored 15. Grant Everson had five assists with eight rebounds.

MCC 24 58

SESM 33 69

Sioux Center 65, Central Lyon 58

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Outscoring Central Lyon 17-4 in the second quarter, Sioux Center led 35-22 at halftime and coasted to victory in its season opener.

Central Lyon fell to 0-2.

Steven Kragt scored 27 points to pace the winners. Alex Baker added 18 and Chris Borchers 10 for Sioux Center.

Kalen Eckenrod with 19, and Grant Metzger and Nik Lutmer with 14 apiece, led Central Lyon.

Sioux Center 18 35 51 65

Central Lyon 18 22 41 58

G-LR 64, Sheldon 58

GEORGE, Iowa — Tanner Ver Steeg scored 21 points and Austin Hayenga added 20 to lead George-Little Rock to a 64-58 victory over Sheldon.

Ver Steeg also had seven rebounds and six assists. Teammate Jesse Koerselman had 11 points. The Mustangs trailed 47-42 after three quarters but outscored the Orabs 22-11 in the fourth quarter.

Collin Wolthuizen scored 15 points and Ian Jongewaard scored 13 for Sheldon.

George-Little Rock is 2-0 on the season. Sheldon is 1-1.

Sheldon 12 34 47 58

G-LR 14 23 42 64

Rock Valley 74, S-O 48 SIBLEY, Iowa —Rock Valley outscored Sibley-Ocheyedan 22-5 in the third quarter and posted a 26-point win over the Generals.

S-O, which was down just nine (35-26) at halftime, was paced by a fine all-around game by Ty Hanna (20 points, four rebounds, three assists) and a double-double from Devin Vander Veen (10 points, 10 rebounds).

Andrew Van Ginkel scored 26 points for the Rockets.

RV 17 35 57 74

S-O 9 26 31 48