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
WORTHINGTON -- The last time the Minnesota West men's basketball team eclipsed the century mark as a team was December of 2005. That is, until Wednesday night. The Bluejays shot 58 percent from the field to earn their second MCCC Southern Division victory of the season with a 113-78 decision over a depleted Riverland team in a MCCC Southern Division men's basketball game. "This season, we've been snake bitten more than you could possibly imagine," Riverland head coach Dan Swift said. "You have to give credit. They knew our weakness and attacked our weakness.
FULDA -- For Fulda's Brooke Kuehne and Sam Raddle, Tuesday's senior night was only fitting. "It's really sad for Brooke and I," Raddle said. "We've played here for so many years and now it's our last game.
ELLSWORTH -- Ellsworth's Cody Schilling surveyed the defense, stepped back and hit a 3-pointer -- something he's done hundreds of times before. "I was actually going to come off a screen, and they sent three guys to that side of the floor, and coach just yelled 'let it fly.' So, I kind of crossed over, pulled up and shot it," Schilling said. "Right after it left my hands, I knew it was good." But this shot from the left wing wasn't like the others he's made during his career.
WORTHINGTON -- For someone who has come a long ways on and off the court, Minnesota West basketball standout Eddie Marrs doesn't have to look far to know who he's playing for. In fact, her portrait inked on his left arm is a constant reminder. "No matter how far away I am from my mom, I feel like she's always by my side," Marrs said.
ADRIAN -- If someone would have told Adrian head coach Randy Strand that his team would open the game on a 30-8 run, he probably wouldn't have believed it. "We were telling the girls that it was going to be a one possession game all the way," Strand said. "What you do on defense each trip down or what you do on offense each trip down is going to be important.
WORTHINGTON -- With only a few players healthy, the Worthington girls' basketball team looks more like a M*A*S*H unit than the No. 7 class 3A team in the state. "We got the water jugs tonight; we're trying to get away from the water bottles," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "We don't know if we're spreading it with kids drinking off each other's water bottles.
EDGERTON -- For Southwest Star Concept, it was a bad night to run into Southwest Christian's best defensive effort. "This was probably one of our better defensive games that we've played all year," SWC head coach Jamie Pap said. "Defensively, we are finally coming around. It took us a while to get going this year, but we're getting real close." SWC (8-1, 10-3) used solid defense and a deadly perimeter game to defeat SSC, 79-44, in a Red Rock Conference boys' basketball contest Monday. "We're progressing real well," Pap said. "About two weeks ago I was a little frustrated.
FULDA -- With a 0-4 start, and trailing by eight at halftime against Southwest Christian earlier this season, the Fulda Raiders looked like a distant image of last year's Class A state champions. "We were 0-4 and we played probably the worst half of basketball against Southwest Christian, so it was almost 0-4 and a half," Fulda head coach Gregg Slaathaug said.
WINDOM -- Coming into Thursday's girls' Southwest Conference basketball contest, Worthington and Windom were both on the opposite ends of a 30-point game. Windom (1-6, 4-12) suffered a 31-point defeat at the hands of Adrian in its last game, while Worthington (8-0, 15-2) defeated Luverne by 33 points. Thursday night, the story was the same as the Trojans came away with another 33-point victory, 89-56. "We missed a lot of shots in the first half, and I thought that we needed to take a little time to square up," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said.