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Girls basketball: Rebels nip Ellsworth, Luverne soars over Dragons

SLAYTON — After not scoring a point in the first half Monday night, the Murray County Central tandem of Rebekah Nysetvold and Jade Giese each poured in 18 points after intermission, leading the Rebels to 55-51 Red Rock Conference girls’ basketball victory over Ellsworth.

The Panthers, who held a 23-19 halftime edge, were paced by seniors Alexa Huisman (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Hannah Mulder (13 points, eight rebounds).

Giese was five-of-six at the free throw line, including sinking several in the closing minutes. She also had six steals, four assists and four rebounds for the Rebels (8-11, 8-4). Morgan Behrends (13 points, seven blocks, six rebounds) was a big contributor for MCC, which received four rebounds each from Sierra Van Iperen and Taylor Moline.

Ellsworth 23 51

MCC 19 55

Luverne 60, Adrian 40

ADRIAN — Sparked by the 26-point performance of senior forward Tara Sudenga and a team defensive effort which limited Adrian to 18 percent (11-of-58) shooting from the field, the Cardinals thrashed the Dragons by 20 points.

Sophomore guard Morgan Haugen netted 10 points for the Cardinals (6-15), while junior guard Lexi Rust contributed nine. Sudenga and Rust each hit a pair of three-pointers for Luverne, which snapped a 14-game losing streak and improved to 6-15,

Adrian had eight players score, including Elizabeth Their with a team-high 12 points. Megan Tweet and Bailey Grussing scored eight and six points, respectively, for the Dragons.

Luverne 28 60

Adrian 12 40

Lakeview 72, Edgerton 64

LAKEVIEW —Taking the lead twice in the game’s last three minutes, Edgerton was unable to hang on and win on the road.

Tanner Gunnink led the Flying Dutchmen with 17 points and 12 rebounds and was supported with 14 points and 10 boards from Mia Wassink. Jessica Jasper tacked on 15 points and seven rebounds.

Jordyn Smit, a freshman guard for the Lakers, put up 24 points.

Edgerton 28 64

Lakeview 41 72

R-T-R 57, H-BC 40

TYLER — Kaylie Nielsen scored 13 points, Justine Possail scored 11 and Dana Schaefer added 10 as Russell-Tyler-Ruthton defeated Hills-Beaver Creek.

The victory moved R-T-R to 10-11 on the season. Hills-Beaver Creek is 5-13.

Kelli Esselink scored 14 points for the Patriots.

H-BC 19 40

R-T-R 32 57

SW United 77, MLA 55

OKABENA — Effectively utilizing its height advantage and getting its transition game going, Southwestern United won for the ninth time in its last 10 games, defeating Mountain Lake Area by 22 points. The Wildcats (13-5, 9-3) have scored 70 or more points in four of their last five wins.

Sophomore Andrea Hinkeldey (eight rebounds) topped SWU’s scoring with 21 points, while Courtney Place (17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals), Sonja Peters (12 points) and Kailey Wendland (nine assists) were also key contributors.

Signey Stoesz (15 points, seven rebounds), Whitney Klassen (11 points, seven assists, three steals) and Stacey Harder (11 points, five rebounds) were the statistical leaders for the Wolverines (8-10, 6-6).

MLA 25 55

SW United 41 77