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Boys basketball: Trojans run past Cards in 2nd half

LUVERNE — The Worthington Trojans used a big second half to run away and defeat Luverne 77-49 in a boys basketball game Tuesday night in Luverne. 

Both teams played evenly in the game through the first nine minutes of the opening half. Luverne’s Josh Slieter cut the game to its closest in the first half at 21-20 before Worthington made its move and built a 10-point lead. The Trojans used 14 takeaways in the first half to work a transition game that began to wear down the host Cardinals. Worthington made six of seven free throw attempts in the first half and led 37-27 at the break.

Luverne cut the lead to an eight-point advantage for the Trojans at 55-47, on a bucket from Zane Hiller. That was as close as the Cardinals could get. Worthington again used its defensive pressure to create turnovers and another big run that suddenly blew open the game. Trojan senior Spencer Grafing scored for Worthington to hand his team a 64-47 lead late. The team finished the game on a convincing 14-2 run.

Wearing down Luverne through the second half and building the big lead was something WHS head coach Jared Keaveny was pleased with after the game. Will Mulder scored 16 points for Worthington and Grafing added 15. Josh Slieter scored 14 points to lead Luverne. Blake Richters scored 13 for the Cards.

“It was a good win for us. We got it done on the defensive end,” Keaveny said. “We have a lot of guys who are starting to find the open man. It’s not one guy carrying us. It was good to see us get it done tonight.”

Worthington 37 77

Luverne 27 49

WORTHINGTON (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) — Guerra 1-1-0-5, Dudley 0-3-2-8, Grafing 1-6-0-15, Potter 0-4-1-9, Mulder 1-3-7-16, Wolyniec 0-4-1-9, Lindner 1-1-2-7, Weg 2-2-0-6, Thuringer 0-1-0-2. Totals 6-25-10-77.

LUVERNE (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) — Rops 0-1-0-2, Richters 1-4-2-13, Sawtelle 0-2-0-4, Slieter 0-6-2-14, Siebenahler 0-4-0-8, Ziegler 0-1-0-2, Hiller 0-2-0-4. Totals 3-20-4-49.