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WORTHINGTON -- With a balanced attack and a good shooting night from 3-point land, the Minnesota West Lady Jays defeated Minneapolis, 87-69, in a MCCC Southern Division women's basketball game Saturday. "We had great balance, and it's always good to have all five starters in double figures," Minnesota West head coach Mike Fury said. "Everybody just did a nice job." Ashley Neperman led the Lady Jays (1-1, 8-7) with 24 points, including a 6-of-10 night from beyond the arc. Stacy Bush added 19, and was 5-of-9 from 3-point land.
ADRIAN -- For 32 minutes, the Adrian Dragons gave the Ellsworth Panthers all they could handle. Leading by just nine points with four minutes remaining, Ellsworth (3-0 7-1) finished on a 14-8 run en route to a 81-65 victory in a Red Rock Conference boys' basketball contest Friday night. "They are one of the best teams in the state, and now we know that we can play with them," Adrian post Brett Oertli said.
ROUND LAKE -- A pair proved to be the winner Thursday night. A pair of Brooke's -- Kramer and Kix -- combined to outscored Round Lake-Brewster as Ellsworth was victorious, 57-36, in a girls' Red Rock Conference basketball game. Kix scored 20 points, while Kramer added 18, and the Panthers (3-3, 5-4) held the Lady Raiders to just 36 points. The Lady Raiders (1-5, 3-6) struggled from the floor, making just 10-of-51 shots (20 percent) from the field. "The rebounding rim was stuck on the hoop from practice, I think," RL-B head coach Neil Robinson said. "The bunnies just weren't falling.
WORTHINGTON -- It was the tale of two halves for the Minnesota West men's basketball team Wednesday. The Bluejays (4-9) used a big run in the first half to take a three-point advantage at halftime, but could not overcome a potent Anoka-Ramsey team in a 76-63 victory for the Golden Rams (13-2) in a Southern Division contest. "We had a good first half, and in the second half we just couldn't make any shots," Minnesota West head coach Justin Heckenlaible said. "They made some key shots and had some key stops.
WORTHINGTON -- With an eight-point lead at halftime, the Minnesota West Lady Jays nearly came away with a victory in its first Southern Division women's basketball game over Anoka-Ramsey Wednesday. However, the defending National Champions were too much for MW in a 71-55 victory for the Golden Rams (14-1). "I thought we played a little bit better the second half, obviously," Anoka-Ramsey head coach Dave DeWitt said.
WORTHINGTON -- As a young adult, my Christmas season is changing. Toys and games used to await a younger version of me on Christmas morn, as the tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa was still alive and well. This year, there were no cookies or milk. There were no toys awaiting an eager young child. This year, new dishes for my apartment, a vacuum and other grown up gifts were neatly wrapped under the tree. However, change is inevitable and does not necessarily mean for the worse.
LUVERNE -- A month ago, Adrian and Luverne were each vying for a football title in Class A and Class AA, respectively, at the Prep Bowl. Friday night, the two met in a non-conference boys' basketball game, but the contest was just as physical.
WORTHINGTON -- Just four and a half minutes into Thursday's Southwest Conference girls' basketball game, Worthington's Gabby Boever picked up her third foul -- forcing her to the bench for the remainder of the first half. "I didn't like it at all," Boever said of being banned to the bench. "I hate sitting on the bench.
LUVERNE -- The Luverne Cardinals faced so many roadblocks Monday night that it seemed more like an obstacle course than a basketball game. Despite a triple-double from Murray County Central's Emily Bose, and facing an uphill battle for most of the game, the Cardinals (4-3) took the lead at the right time -- earning a 59-54 victory over the Rebels (4-2) in a non-conference girls' basketball contest.
WORTHINGTON -- With all 11 Worthington players scoring, the Trojans stayed perfect on the season with an 84-47 Southwest Conference girls' basketball victory over Windom Friday. "Tonight what was really important was that our bench came alive," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "I thought that Kayla VanderVeen came out and just decided that it's going to be a night to take the ball to the basket." VanderVeen scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds off the Worthington bench that scored 36 points on the night.