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Girls basketball: Boever, Trojans pluck Cards

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Worthington High School’s Apiew Alwal (50) drives in front of a Luverne defender for a shot during Tuesday night’s girls basketball game in Worthington.2 / 3
Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Luverne girls basketball player Morgan Haugen (25) shoots in front of Brooke Henning Tuesday.3 / 3

WORTHINGTON — It has been said before that if it isn’t broke, you shouldn’t fix it. So the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team didn’t. 

Time after time, the Trojans fed junior guard Ana Boever behind the arc and, time after time, she drained them.

Worthington dispatched Luverne Tuesday night, 74-28, at Worthington High School. Boever hit six of her seven total three-pointers in the first half.

“I just came out fired up and ready to play,” Boever said after the game. “When I’m feeling it, I know that I am feeling it and I know I need to get the ball in my hands. Why waste that momentum that you have?”

Boever had 20 first-half points.

The Trojans claimed a quick five point lead over the game’s first 90 seconds. Meanwhile, Worthington disrupted the Cardinals and allowed just four points through the first seven minutes of the game. Luverne had 38 turnovers on the night to 21 for Worthington.

“Overall, our defensive intensity was really good. We need to tighten a few things up,” Worthington head coach Eric Lindner explained. “We really emphasized tonight that we needed to come out to a quick start. I thought we did that, but I thought that for the next five minutes we hit a lull.”

The Cardinals took advantage of Worthington’s lull, as they crept back into the game on an old-fashioned three-pointer from sophomore Nicole Kneip and a trey, with 6:57 to go before the break, by senior Nikki Severson. That is precisely when the Trojans woke up.

“They called a time out and (both teams) were able to talk about it,” Lindner said. “Sometimes even a timeout called by the other team can help you. All of a sudden it was two threes, a two and another three. We just kept going and going. That is one thing with our offensive (minded) kids. Once it goes, it’s hard to stop.”

Worthington held a 43-16 lead at halftime as senior Brooke Henning and senior Apiew Alwal both had six points at that point. Boever had 25 points for the night, supported by 15 points for Alwal. All 13 girls on Worthington’s roster played —and all but one member scored —as the team garnered 33 points from its bench.

“We took a lot of chances tonight and I thought that, even the kids that came off the bench, stayed with that mentality,” Lindner said. “That is one thing that we always expect. When you come off the bench, you’re expected to play with the same offensive intensity that everybody else plays with.

“We still need some more balance,” Lindner added. “When you only have two kids in double figures, you’d like to get some more balance. But, that will come as we get some more time in of shooting the basketball.”

Worthington handed out 20 assists as a team in its win and blocked an astounding 11 shots on the night. Boever had six rebounds, seven steals and three blocks while Abbie Landgaard —who scored just two points in the game —had four assists and five rebounds.

Even in a win, Lindner always looks for ways to improve. This game was no different, he explained.

“Against the zone, sometimes kids get thinking that we need to dribble. Actually, dribbling is the worst thing you can do against a zone,” Lindner said. “Once we passed the ball, we were more successful. Their half-court trap they tried to run against us did cause us some problems initially. We have a lot of seniors and have to be experienced enough to know we can’t dribble the ball and we have to move it efficiently.”

Worthington takes its 9-1 record into a game Friday night at Windom Area. Luverne, now 5-6 on its season, entertains Jackson County Central Friday.

“It’s a game tonight where I thought we played OK, but we need to keep moving on,” Lindner said. “Windom is a gym where we never play very well. Hopefully we’ll be able to execute and keep going.”

Luverne         16 28

Worthington  43 74

LUVERNE (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Kneip 0-0-1-9, Rust 0-2-0-2, Haugen 0-3-0-6, Severson 1-1-0-5, Sudenga 1-1-0-5. Totals 2-7-8-28

WORTHINGTON (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) —Boever 7-2-0-25, Ap. Alwal 0-7-1-15, Henning 0-3-2-8, Gerber 0-6-1-7, Gravenhof 0-2-0-4, Ac. Alwal 0-2-0-4, Bruns 0-1-2-4, Landgaard 0-0-2-2, Linder 0-1-0-2, Ah. Alwal 0-1-0-2, Ebbers 0-0-1-1. Totals 7-22-9-74