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South Section 3A girls basketball SWC goes two OTs, wins marathon against Fulda

WINDOM — Coming together in the second half and closing the gap against Fulda, Southwest Minnesota Christian took two overtimes to defeat the Raiders Tuesday, 95-92, in the quarterfinals of the Section 3A’s girls basketball tournament at Windom Area High School.

Fulda shot at a stifling 80 percent clip in the first half, a figure that allowed the Raiders to lead, 43-33, at halftime. But as the Eagles got going, the lead would not last.

“I thought we were in trouble. That’s very, very good shooting,” Southwest Christian head coach Denise Nerem said. “But (in the second half) we just kept taking the ball to the rim and also got some points off of turnovers.”

The Eagles were knotted with Fulda at 73 points after regulation and at 83 points after the first overtime. Southwest Christian junior Savannah Tinklenberg had 30 points and 13 boards to lead the Eagles. Lexi Knutson had 18 points and eight rebounds, Ann Pater had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Hope Veldkamp had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Tianna Top had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Fulda had Melissa Gehl powering the effort, scoring 39 points and collecting a half-dozen rebounds. Sariah Cheadle scored 14 points while Courtney Tiesler chipped in 16 points and six rebounds.

Southwest Christian makes a return trip to the south sub-section final against Wabasso with its win. The Eagles fell to the Rabbits last year at this point, so getting up for this game likely not be an issue for her team, Nerem said. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday evening at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Minneota faces Canby in the north sub-section final at 6 p.m. the same night.

“It was a tremendous team effort on our part tonight, but we have respect for Fulda, too,” Nerem said. “We lost to Wabasso last year at this same point, so we’re looking to take care of some unfinished business.”

Wabasso beat Red Rock Central on Tuesday, 55-37.

SW Christian 33 73 83 95

Fulda 43 73 83 92