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Section girls basketball: Ellsworth's Huisman handles W-WG

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Ellsworth Panther Alexa Huisman (23) drives inside of Westbrook-Walnut Grove senior Dayna Comnick (3) during Thursday night’s girls basketball game in Ellsworth.


ELLSWORTH — Senior forward Alexa Huisman scored 29 points — nearly half her team’s total — and the Ellsworth Panthers defeated Westbrook-Walnut Grove 67-50 Thursday in the first round of the Section 3A South girls basketball tournament.

In another 3A South game Thursday, Hills-Beaver Creek dumped Adrian 57-33.

The two winners advance to Saturday’s action in Worthington. Hills-Beaver Creek faces Wabasso in an 11 a.m. start and Ellsworth plays Southwest Minnesota Christian at 2:30 p.m.

In other Saturday games at Worthington, Murray County Central plays Red Rock Central at 12:30 p.m. and Edgerton plays Fulda at 4 p.m.

Ellsworth 67, W-WG 50

Huisman had 13 rebounds and five assists to go along with her 29 points. Teammates Alissa Walters scored 16 points and Megan Popkes pulled down seven rebounds.

Elizabeth Woelber, who was hampered with three first half fouls, finished with 16 points to lead Westbrook-Walnut Grove. Mc Kenzie Deprez added 14 points and Emma Woelber 10.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 18 50

Ellsworth 32 67

H-BC 57, Adrian 33

HILLS — The game was tight in the first half as Hills-Beaver Creek led 28-23. But strong man-to-man defense and better rebounding helped the Patriots move farther in front in the second half, where they outscored the Dragons 29-10.

Taylor Wingert led the way for Hills-Beaver Creek with 18 points. Kelli Esselink added 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Elizabeth Thier scored 11 points for Adrian and teammate Bailey Grussing scored 10.

The victory moves H-BC to 17-7 on the season.

Adrian 23 33

Hills-Beaver Creek 28 57

Section 2A South

Alden-Conger 50, MLA 48

ALDEN — In a nail-biter, Alden-Conger eliminated Mountain Lake Area from the Section 2A South tournament by hitting two free throws in the final seconds.

Mountain Lake Area had possession of the ball in a 48-48 tie inside a minute to play, but with seven seconds remaining was called for traveling. Alden-Conger was fouled while attempting a final shot and the ensuing free throws was the difference in the game.

Leisel Theusch led Alden-Conger in scoring with 20 points. Karina Skog chipped in with 15.

For Mountain Lake Area, Stacey Harder scored 19 while Rachel Dukes and Sydney Stoesz each had 13.

MLA finishes the season with a 10-15 record.

Mountain Lake Area 27 48

Alden-Conger 29 50