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Girls basketball roundup: Trojan girls pounce on PA

PIPESTONE — Sturdy defense helped the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team to an outstanding start against Southwest Conference rival Pipestone Area Thursday night.

Holding the Arrows scoreless through the first 8:19, the Trojans finished with a dominating 65-28 victory.

“We played some pretty good defense tonight,” WHS head coach Eric Lindner testified. “They were cutting from the opposite side and then they did some picking on the wings (trying to create big-small matchups) and we handled all of that. We also were dictating tempo.”

Moving out to a 12-0 lead before Pipestone Area could put its first points on the board, Worthington led 35-15 at halftime. The final five minutes of the game was played with a running clock.

Paige Gravenhof led Worthington’s scorers with 19 points. Brooke Henning and Ana Boever each added 10.

Gravenhof also came up with four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Rebecca Linder had four rebounds. Boever had five rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots to go along with her 10 points.

Coach Lindner singled out guard Abbie Landgaard for doing an excellent job of setting her teammates up with opportunities. She was patient, but aggressive, said Lindner, who also praised Linder’s performance on defense.

Worthington hit 57 percent of its field goal attempts compared to Pipestone Area’s 27 percent. Pipestone Area made 30 turnovers to Worthington’s 17 but out-rebounded the Trojans 34-27.

Worthington is 4-1 on the season and 3-1 in the conference. The Arrows fall to 2-5 and 1-3.

Worthington 35 65

Pipestone Area 15 28

WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Boever 0-4-2-10, Ebbers 0-1-1-3, Landgaard 0-1-5-7, Henning 0-4-2-10, Bruns 0-1-0-2, Gerber 0-1-0-2, Linder 0-2-0-4, Gravenhof 4-3-1-19, Ah. Alwal 0-1-0-2, Ap. Alwal 0-2-2-6. Totals 4-20-13-65.

PIPESTONE AREA (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Muller 0-1-0-2, Bucher 0-1-0-2, Remund 1-0-0-3, Nettik 0-1-1-3, Claussen 0-0-1-1, Foss 0-1-0-2, Schneider 0-2-1-5, Skyberg 0-3-1-7, Nesvold 1-0-0-3. Totals 2-9-4-28.

Luverne 52, SWC 48 (OT) LUVERNE —The Luverne Cardinals capitalized on Southwest Christian’s second-half turnovers to creep back into the game and finally take the victory in overtime. The score was deadlocked 46-46 after regulation, and Luverne did just enough to secure the victory.

Morgan Haugen had a 17-point, five-rebound, seven-assist night for the Cardinals, and Tara Sudenga scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and nabbed seven steals.

Hope Veldkamp and Ann Pater both had 14 points for Southwest Christian. Luverne improves to 5-1 and a perfect 2-0 in the Southwest Conference.

SWC 23 46 48

Luverne 15 46 52

SWU 44, H-BC 40 HILLS —Southwestern United stiffened its defensive presence through the closing minutes of its game at Hills-Beaver Creek to defeat the Patriots.

SWU junior Kailey Wendland scored 14 points and Courtney Place added 13. Madison Fick and Kelli Esselink offered 10 apiece for H-BC.

The Wildcats struggled to get in sync offensively but played tough defensively to lead 25-14 at halftime. Still struggling after the break, SWU had what it took to move to 3-2 on the season. H-BC remained winless.

SWU 25 44

H-BC 14 40

H-LP 57, CC-E 41 LAKE PARK, Iowa — The Harris-Lake Park Wolves used a strong third quarter to overcome a halftime deficit and defeat Clay Central-Everly.

Leading the Wolves was Noreen Morrow with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Macy Gunderson added 9 points and seven assists for H-LP.

Blair Montgomery scored 16 points for the Mavericks.

With the win, HLP improves to 5-4 on the season.

CCE 8 20 24 41

HLP 8 14 34 57