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.
WORTHINGTON -- Before the Worthington Trojan girls' basket team took to the court Tuesday to face Southwest Conference foe Luverne, head coach Eric Lindner had a few words for his team. "He said that we need to pick up the intensity and that in order to get where we want to be in the future, we have to start working hard on the floor early," Kaitlin Gerber said. The Trojans scored early and often in a 94-61 victory over the Cardinals. "I thought that we played with much better intensity," Lindner said. "We didn't dig that hole like we've been doing.
ADRIAN -- On a snowy night, the Adrian Dragons used a pair of hot shooting performances to defeat Windom, 89-58, in a non-conference girls' basketball contest. Karli Meyer scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Adrian (12-3), while Erica Thier finished with 24 points to lead the Dragons past Windom (4-11). "We kind of got a little sloppy on defense in the second half and gave them some points in the paint," Adrian head coach Randy Strand said following the game. "But we shot well enough, and we got some easy transition baskets.
ADRIAN -- Even with a 4-game losing streak and a team that nearly hit rock bottom, the Adrian Dragons weren't about to pack it in this season. "We were low; we were down," Adrian head coach Chris Rozell said. "I would say the last game, we played Mountain Lake and got a little better. But I think we hit rock bottom about a week ago, and I was glad to see the kids didn't give up and found some things that are going to work for us." The Dragons (3-4, 5-6) were able to pick themselves up and end their losing streak in a 79-68 boys' Red Rock Conference victory over Fulda Friday night.
WORTHINGTON -- Even with falls from Eric Lease and Julio Casillas, the Worthington Trojan wrestling team came up short in a 52-24 loss to Jackson County Central Thursday night. "I think we had some bright spots and obviously, some areas that we need to work on," Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said.
WORTHINGTON -- Trailing by 28 points in the second half, the Minnesota West Bluejays appeared to be heading to a blowout defeat. However, behind Eddie Marrs, the Minnesota West men went on a 20-2 run to cut the deficit to just 10 points. But with solid free-throw shooting in the last six minutes, MSCTC-Fergus Falls held on for a 98-96 MCCC Southern Division victory. "We just played with a lot more energy in the second half," Minnesota West head coach Justin Heckenlaible said.
WORTHINGTON -- There's no place like home for the Minnesota West women's basketball team. For the second game in a row in the friendly confines of the Worthington campus of Minnesota West, the Lady Jays used a barrage of 3-pointers to secure a 79-45 victory over visiting MSCTC-Fergus Falls Wednesday in a MCCC Southern Division contest. "The white uniforms have been good for us," Minnesota West head coach Mike Fury said. "In the division, we've played three good games at home.
WORTHINGTON -- With a 14-0 run over a span of six minutes in the second half, the Worthington Trojans came away with a 71-65 victory over Mankato West in a critical girls' basketball section game Tuesday night. "This is big," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "This puts us one up on them in the sections, and we're one up on Marshall.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- With just 13 points in the second half, the Sibley-Ocheyedan girls' basketball team lost to Sheldon, 59-42, in a non-conference basketball game Saturday. "We got off to a pretty good start tonight," Sheldon head coach Kris Groff said. "We wanted to go inside early and see if we could get (Sara) Greenfield in foul trouble, and obviously, it worked. I thought we moved the ball extremely well, and we had good position down there." Greenfield (four points) and Jessica Ackerman (eight points) were both in foul trouble most of the night, limiting the Generals (8-6) offensively.