ELLSWORTH -- Hills-Beaver Creek's Jayme Plimpton couldn't have picked a better time to find her rhythm. The freshman guard scored eight of her team-high 10 points in the final three minutes to lead H-BC to a 48-47 victory over Ellsworth (11-14) in the opening round of the girls' 3A South Sub-section basketball tournament.
ELLSWORTH -- After Ellsworth's Cody Schilling scored 18 first-half points, Southwest Christian's Ryan Pronk wanted the defensive challenge in the second half. "Ryan came up to me at halftime and told me that he wanted to guard Cody in the second half," SWC head coach Jamie Pap said. "So I said, 'all right, he's yours.' I thought he played one heck of a ballgame. He's our floor leader and he kept us going.
ADRIAN -- With the girls' Red Rock Conference title on the line, the Fulda Raiders went into Adrian and defeated the conference-leading Dragons, 65-58, in a close basketball game Monday night. "I feel very fortunate to be able to coach these girls," Fulda head coach Gregg Slaathaug said. "They did a great job all year.
EDGERTON -- After missing four critical free throws, Southwest Christian center Alex Huisken had a chance for redemption. "Those first four just wouldn't go in. I really didn't do anything different, but the last four just dropped," Huisken said. "I really wasn't that nervous, but I just knew that I had to get it in.
ROUND LAKE -- It may have been Valentines Day, but Southwest Star Concept didn't show any love to host Round Lake-Brewster Thursday night. With 14 points, SSC's Brooke DeWall passed her sister for third place on the all-time scoring list at SSC to lead the Quasars to their eighth straight victory with a 65-35 win over the Raiders in a girls' Red Rock Conference basketball game. "We struggled offensively," Round Lake-Brewster head coach Neil Robinson said. "We weren't taking the shots when we were open. In the first eight minutes of the game, we were patient and looking for our shots.
SLAYTON -- The last time Murray County Central and Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin girls' basketball teams faced each other, MCC's Emily Bose scored 31 points in a Rebel victory. Entering Monday night's game, ML/B-O head coach Larry Hempeck was determined not to let Bose beat the Wolverines again.
WORTHINGTON -- It couldn't have been a bigger game for Worthington's Sarah Boever to make her return. Playing for the first time since Jan. 22, the senior forward helped lead the Worthington girls to an 85-78 Southwest Conference victory over Pipestone Area, and with it, a share of the conference crown. "It's a very big win, because that pretty much means that we won the conference championship," Sarah Boever said.
WORTHINGTON -- In a battle of two young teams, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton opened up an 18-0 lead early and went on to a 41-21 victory over Worthington Thursday night in a non-conference dual. "I thought we wrestled well; even in the matches that we got beat, our kids wrestled hard," T-M-B head coach Karl Campbell said. "That's all we're asking for right now.
WORTHINGTON -- In a game that featured two of the top scorers in the MCCC Southern Division, it was the defense that made the difference in Minnesota West's 72-55 victory over Riverland in a women's basketball contest Wednesday night. Minnesota West's Ashlee Domine entered Wednesday's game with a division-leading 20.4 points per game average, while Riverland's Brooke Monson is averaging an even 20 points per contest. However, while Monson scored more points (26 points to Domine's 17), it was Domine's team that handed Riverland just its second division loss this season. "It's a big win for u