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Girls basketball: Eagles edge Fulda in key RRC game, SWU nips W-WG

FULDA — Southwest Christian trailed by a few points the entire second half , but the Eagles were able to take the lead with two minutes remaining and earned a hard-fought 61-57 victory Monday over the host Raiders in a game which will likely have a huge bearing on this year’s Red Rock Conference girls’ basketball championship race.

Southwest (13-4 overall) is in the driver’s seat, owning a 10-1 conference record, while Fulda — which edged the Eagles early in the season (65-64, Dec. 12, at Edgerton), giving them their only league loss — is two games back at 7-3.

The Eagles, who led most of the first half, were paced by 20 points from sophomore guard Hope Veldkamp, who also had six assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Savannah Tinklenberg (18 points, seven rebounds), Kassydi Vreeman (12 points, four rebounds) and Tianna Top (10 rebounds, four blocks, four points) were other key contributors for Southwest.

The Raiders, who played without injured Melissa Gehl — who is the leading scorer in the conference, received stellar performances from junior guards Sariah Cheadle (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Courtney Tiesler (13 rebounds, eight assists, six points).

Fulda freshman Nicole Madison came through with a clutch game (14 points, eight rebounds), as did sophomore Katelyn Renneke, with a double nine (nine points, nine rebounds).

The Raiders (10-8 overall), host Adrian Friday night, while the Eagles travel just a few blocks to tangle with the hosting Edgerton Flying Dutchmen the same evening.

SW Christian 26 61

Fulda 27 57

Southwestern United 79, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 72

WESTBROOK — Courtney Place rifled in 31 points, scoring several times on offensive rebounds, as the Southwestern United Wildcats won a high-scoring contest over Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

Kailey Wendland and Andrea Hinkeldey contributed 17 and 13 points, respectively, for the Wildcats (11-5, 7-3) who have won seven of their past eight games, while Alaina Klingenberg notched nine points.

Hinkeldey (11 rebounds, four assists), Place (10 rebounds, five steals, three assists) and Wendland (nine rebounds, four assists) each contributed in a variety of ways to the SWU victory.

Leading the Chargers, who scored 44 points in the second half, were Elizabeth Woelber (25 points, six rebounds), Emma Woelber (18 points, three assists), Mady Johnson (14 points, team-high nine rebounds) and Dayna Comnick (eight rebounds, four steals, three assists).

W-WG (1-17, 1-11) came within six points in the second half, after trailing by double figures nearly the entire first half.

SWU 42 79

W-WG 28 72

Edgerton 55, Ellsworth 52

EDGERTON — Junior guard Breanna Nelson sank a pair of clutch free throws — after the Flying Dutchmen had missed seven in a row — to preserve the lead and clinch a three-point victory for Edgerton over Ellsworth.

Nelson finished the game with 17 points, including four three-pointers, while also dishing off four assists. Tanner Gunnink produced a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) for the Dutchmen, while Mia Wassink (10 rebounds, nine points) was close to earning that distinction herself.

The Panthers (6-10, 4-8), who were paced by 16 points from Alexa Huisman and 14 by Hannah Mulder, drilled four three-point shots in the game’s last 1:33, slicing a 10-point lead down to one.

Edgerton (9-7, 6-5) hosts league-leading Southwest Christian Friday night.

Ellsworth 20 52

Edgerton 21 55

Hills-Beaver Creek 51, Murray County Central 47

HILLS — After scoring just 12 points in the first half, Hills-Beaver Creek rallied with a 39-point second-half performance and claimed a four-point victory over Murray County Central.

Improving to 5-11 for the season and to 5-7 in the Red Rock, the Patriots had a trio of double-figure scorers, led by freshman guard Avery Van Roekel’s 16 points, along with Madison Fick (11) and Taylor Wingert (10).

Jade Giese, Rebekah Nysetvold and Morgan Behrends topped MCC’s scoring chart with 16, 14 and nine points, respectively.

MCC drops to 7-4 in the conference and to 7-10 for the season.

MCC 24 47

H-BC 12 51

Mountain Lake Area 78, Adrian 56

ADRIAN — Elizabeth Their had 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Jodi Bents added 17 points, and the Adrian Dragons picked up their third win of the season by taking care of Mountain Lake Area at home.

Rachel Dukes posted 18 points for the Wolverines, Brianna Southivong added 17 and Lydia Hildebrandt 14.

Adrian improved to 3-15 and 3-8 in the Red Rock Conference. MLA is 8-9 on the season and 6-5 in the league.

MLA 40 78

Adrian 33 56

Fairmont 61, Luverne 38

LUVERNE — In a battle of Cardinals, Fairmont claimed a 23-point non-conference win over Luverne.

Kayla Lardy and Kristen Campe each scored 17 points to lead Fairmont (19-3) to its sixth consecutive win. FHS is undefeated (8-0) in the South Central Conference.

Senior forward Tara Sudenga led Luverne with 14 points, while sophomore guard Morgan Haugen netted 13 points and dished off six assists.

The Cardinals (5-13) host Worthington Thursday.

Fairmont 32 61

Luverne 21 38