WORTHINGTON -- With 56 points between Ellsworth's Cody Schilling and Trevor Gruis, the Panthers ran away from Murray County Central, 78-47, Tuesday night in the Sub-Section 3A South boys' basketball tournament. Schilling scored 34 points, dished out 12 assists and had 11 rebounds to complete a triple-double, while Gruis scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his double-double. "They said that getting a good post touch usually helps create on offense," Gruis said.
WORTHINGTON -- Every time it looked as if Adrian was going to put Tuesday's Sub-section 3A South boys' basketball game away, Southwest Christian's Alex Huisken stepped up. Huisken scored 33 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Eagles (19-5) past the Dragons (16-9), 78-69. "We pulled it together at the end, that's for sure," Huisken said. "The first half was a little rusty, and that got me kind of nervous, but in the second half, we just pulled together and got a win, and that's all that matters." SWC advances to face Ellsworth at 8 p.m.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- With the score tied nine times and the lead changing 13 times Friday night, it was the NUH, Cedar Falls Panthers that came away with the victory over George-Little Rock, and the class 1A state championship. Mack Vande Kamp scored a game-high 21 points to lead G-LR, but it wasn't enough in the Mustangs' 49-44 loss in the title game of the Iowa boys' state basketball tournament. "I'm feeling pretty sad that the season is over," Vande Kamp said. "It's not the way you want to go out really, but we exceeded a lot of expectations that a lot of people had for us.
MANKATO -- After splitting its two regular-season games, the Marshall Tigers and the Worthington Trojans were set for what appeared to be another slugfest between a pair of Southwest Conference rivals. Instead, the Tigers ran away from the Trojans, 80-55, Thursday night in the girls' Section 2AAA championship game. With the victory, Marshall will advance to the state tournament next week in Minneapolis. "I don't want to wake up; it's awesome," Marshall head coach Mary Jo Hmielewski said.
WORTHINGTON -- For the third time this season, the Worthington Trojans and the Marshall Tigers will square off in a girls' basketball contest. However, tonight's meeting at the Taylor Center on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the biggest of the year so far. Once again, Worthington and Marshall will meet in the section finals for the right to advance to state.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- For George-Little Rock's Trev Fiedler, big games are nothing new. Fiedler was a starter on the 2006 G-LR team that was crowned state champions and once again has the Mustangs poised to make a title run this season. "He's been our floor general all year," G-LR head coach Ben Gerleman said. "He's been our stabilizing force where you'll always know what you're going to get out of him.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- When George-Little Rock's Tyler Starr packed for the state tournament, he prepared for the entire week. "When I got ready to leave for state, I brought a suitcase and a couple of bags," Starr said. "Everybody else is bringing two bags and they are like 'why do you have so much stuff?' and I said that I'm planning on staying the whole week, fellas.
MANKATO -- With all the big-game experience on the Worthington Trojan squad, it was a sophomore who provided the spark Saturday night. Kaitlin Gerber scored 16 points off the bench to lead Worthington to a 73-55 victory over Willmar in a girls' section 2AAA semifinal basketball game at Bresnan Arena on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. "You ain't kidding (Gerber) sparked us in the first half," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "She hit the three right off the bat, and had some nice penetration and finish, and those were big baskets.
WORTHINGTON -- Before Tuesday's opening-round game of the Section 2AAA girls' basketball tournament, Worthington head coach Eric Lindner wanted to make sure his team was prepared. "We just put things into perspective," Lindner said. "Everybody's starting 0-0, and everybody has a chance. I thought we did a pretty good job of preparing for them defensively." The Trojans (20-4) used a stifling defense and a high-powered offense Tuesday to dismantle St. Peter (5-19), 88-41. "We're a streaky team," St. Peter head coach Jack Hartfiel said.
ROUND LAKE -- The magic number was 17 for Murray County Central Monday night. The Rebels used two 17-2 runs and an up-tempo transition game to defeat Round Lake-Brewster, 71-48, in a boys' Red Rock Conference basketball contest. "We were trying to slow things down a bit, and we kind of did," RL-B head coach Lon Eichenberger said. "We weren't getting back and they did a very nice job of getting down the court and getting some fast-break buckets." RL-B (3-12, 7-14) had an early lead on the Rebels (8-7, 13-10), but MCC's Eric Wieneke used a hot shooting hand to bring the Rebels back.