Boys basketball: Ellsworth wins, Windom Area nips Luverne
Ellsworth 81, RRC 44 LAMBERTON – The Ellsworth Panthers continued their strong season (11-3 overall, 7-1 Red Rock Conference) and dumped Red Rock Central by a wide margin. Drew Cheskie paced the Panthers with 20 points, and a trio of Ellsworth men scored 10 points—Cole Meester, Madison Lewis, and Justin Kruse, who also gripped 10 rebounds.
Tim Nolte brought down 12 caroms for the visitors, and Johnathon Kramer spread eight assists. The game was within grasp at 16-12 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, but Ellsworth was able to execute a 16-2 run to blow the game wide open.
The Falcons sported two players in double figures, Thomas Blomgren with 17 and Austin Price with 10. RRC drops to 0-10 overall and 0-7 in the Red Rock.
Ellsworth 38 81
RRC 20 44
WA 49, Luverne 42 LUVERNE — Windom Area turned the tables on Luverne in the second half and rallied from an eight-point deficit to claim the win. The scrappy Eagles, who nabbed a total of 15 steals, were led by Bryce Bever, who scored 18 points and had nine rebounds. Jacob Gotto had eight of Windom Area’s 15 steals, and also backed his team with 10 points and two assists.
For the Cardinals, Blake Richters scored nine points, and Josh Slieter had eight points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Neither team shot well from the field, as Windom was 15 for 41 (36 percent) and Luverne was 16 for 45 (35 percent).
Windom Area 13 49
Luverne 21 42
Marshall 72, PA 49 PIPESTONE — The might of the Marshall Tigers proved too much for Pipestone Area, as a six-point game at halftime fast became a Marshall triumph. The Arrows went stone cold in the first six minutes of the second half, and were not able to fight all the way back.
Riley Sharbono paced the Tigers with 14 points, Carl Douglas scored 13, and Noah Winkelman added 12.
Pipestone Area was assisted by Dominic Freese’s 13 points, and Justin Rops’ 10 points.
Marshall 38 72
PA 32 49
R-T-R 59, T-MB 54 Tracy – Riding the scoring prowess of Brett Vercruysse (28 points, eight rebounds) and Brett Peterson (20 points, five assists), Russell-Tyler-Ruthon downed Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in a tight game. The Knights shot 53 percent from the two-point range, and outrebounded T-M-B 30-23.Spencer Smith (22 points), Josh Kirk (17), and Brett Swenhaugen (13) were the Panthers’ players in double figures.
R-T-R 27 59
T-M-B 30 54
G-LR 62, S-O 45 GEORGE, Iowa — Tanner Ver Steg posted 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out four assists, and led George-Little Rock to victory. Although only one three point shot was made in the entire game by either team, the Mustangs found another way to win and got their offense moving in the second half. G-LR did a fine job at the free throw line, shooting 15-19.
Down by one after the first quarter, G-LR didn’t trail the rest of the way home and took care of the ball.
Zach Geerdes and Jesse Koerselman notched 13 points apiece to assist the Mustangs; Koerselman also contributed 15 rebounds. G-LR had one more player in double figures, Austin Hayenga with 10 points and nine rebounds, and improves to 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the Siouxland.
Sibley-Ocheyedan was led by Carson Marko, who scored 13, and followed by Ty Hanna with 11 and Devin Vander Veen with 10. The Generals, who shot 35 percent overall, fall to 0-9 on the season.
S-O 10 22 35 45
G-LR 9 27 48 62
RV 69, CL 63 ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A clash of two quality teams led to a tight game, but Rock Valley was able to pull away at the end and improved to 6-3 with the narrow victory over Central Lyon. The Rockets were paced by Jerod Hansen’s 20 points. Andrew Van Ginkel chipped in a double double (16 points, 10 rebounds).
Nic Lutmer posted a 20-point, 13 rebound double double for the Lions, and Kalen Eckenrod scored 12. Grant Metzger netted 11 points for Central Lyon, which drops to 6-4 with the loss.