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Girls basketball: MCC defeats SWU, Adrian beats Ellsworth

OKABENA — Junior guard Jade Giese scored six of her team-high 17 points in the game’s final 30 seconds Tuesday night, as the Murray County Central Rebels snapped a 51-all tie and claimed a 57-51 victory over Southwestern United in a Red Rock Conference girls’ basketball game.

SWU had tied the game on a pair of late-game free throws each by Kailey Wendland and Megan Haberman.

Wendland, a 5-9 junior forward, netted a game-high 21 points to lead the Wildcats, who —helped by two of her breakaway layups —bolted to an early 14-3 lead.

The Rebels, however, rallied and held a one-point edge, 29-28, at halftime.

SWU maintained a small lead, from three to six points, over much of the second half before the Rebels (2-3, 2-0) took control at the end.

The Wildcats played the last 12 minutes without high-scoring junior guard Courtney Place who left the game with a knee injury.

Place had been held to just eight points, but she blocked four shots and contributed six steals and 12 rebounds before leaving.

Sonja Peters scored 10 points for SWU (2-2, 1-1), while Autumn Hinkeldey distributed a team-leading eight assists.

Wendland, who scored 12 of her points in the first half, finished with six steals and four rebounds for the Wildcats.

Rebekah Nystevold scored 13 points for MCC, while Morgan Behrends tallied nine points and claimed a game-high 18 rebounds.

McKenzie Schmitz helped the Rebels to a 45-29 rebounding advantage by pulling down 17 rebounds herself.

SWU plays at Hills-Beaver Creek Thursday and MCC hosts Fulda Friday.

MCC 29 57

SW United 28 51

Adrian 59, Ellsworth 48

ADRIAN — On the strength of Elizabeth Thier’s team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Adrian Dragons snagged their first victory of the season. The Dragons, who shot 44 percent from the field, improve to 1-4 on the season and 1-1 in the Red Rock Conference with the win.

Alexa Huisman led the Panthers (1-3, 0-2) with 13 points. Hannah Mulder had 12 points and Alyssa Walters had 10 points.

Jodi Bents grabbed 7 rebounds for Adrian and Bailey Grussing scored 15 points.

On Friday, Adrian travels to Lamberton to take on Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Friday evening, while Ellsworth takes on WWG.

Adrian 23 59

Ellsworth 32 48

Edgerton 64, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 61

EDGERTON —Kameron Kroh hit two clutch free throws with eight seconds left to put Edgerton up by three, and Edgerton held on to win after Elizabeth Woelber just missed a last second three-point shot.

Mia Wassink netted 15 points and six rebounds and Breanna Nelson had 15 points and five assists for the Flying Dutchmen, who built a 40-25 halftime lead. Kroh scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds, and Tanner Gunnink had 8 points and 10 rebounds for Edgerton.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove mounted a comeback in the second half, and drained 13 three-point shots by the end of the contest. Dayna Comnick led the Chargers with 22 points, and Woelber notched 18 points to go with eight assists.

Edgerton 40 64

WWG 25 61

Marshall 69, Jackson County Central 33

JACKSON — The Marshall Tigers utilized an effective press to force 20 turnovers and shut down the Jackson County Central Huskies. The Tigers had four players in double figures —Kenzie Beekman (19), Sarah Buysee (12) Hannah Bennett (12), and Marah Mulso (11).

Kaylee Burmeister led the Huskies with 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Rachel Johnson added 7 points. Sarah Brandt snatched 6 rebounds for JCC, who shot 40 percent (11-27) from the floor. JCC falls to 1-6 on the year.

Marshall 45 69

JCC 20 33

Red Rock Central 60, Mountain Lake Area 51

LAMBERTON – Red Rock Central defended its home court and defeated Mountain Lake Area. The Falcons were boosted by Cassandra Erickson’s 16 points. Rachel Kedl added a double-double for RRC with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kedl also had six steals, and Erika Rogotzke chipped in with SIX assists.

Rachel Dukes and Stacey Harder led MLA in scoring with 13 and 15 points, respectively. With the win, RRC stayed perfect and is 3-0 on the season.

RRC 31 60

MLA 24 51

Central Lyon 66, Boyden-Hull 33

HULL, Iowa — Central Lyon’s defense held Boyden-Hull to nine points or less in every quarter en route to doubling the score. The Lions hit 53 percent of their field goals for the game, including seven of 13 from three-point range.

Ivy Sieperda scored 26 points and had seven assists to lead Central Lyon’s effort. Teammates Sarah Halse and Wynter Roths scored 11 points each.

Kaylee Anderson had 11 points for Boyden-Hull.

Central Lyon is 2-4 on the season. Boyden-Hull is 0-5.

Central Lyon 19 34 50 66

Boyden-Hull 9 17 24 33

Sibley-Ocheyedan 55, West Lyon 45

SIBLEY, Iowa — A balanced team effort helped Sibley-Ocheyedan advance to 5-2 on the season.

Alyssa Stofferan led the Generals with 20 points and Jen Willemssen had 15. Brooke Grimes had 11 rebounds.

Kayla Ackerman and Michaela Wolter both had five rebounds to go along with five assists.

For West Lyon, Tarah Meyer and Addie Meyer had 11 points apiece.

West Lyon 10 16 30 45

Sibley-O 15 30 41 55