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JACKSON — Worthington picked up the season sweep over rival Jackson County Central Tuesday by doing a little bit of everything. The Trojan defense was lights-out in the first half as the Huskies managed just 11 points. They got a little more going in the second, but WHS added 39 to its total for a 64-43 Big South Conference victory. “In the first half, we had a very good defensive effort,” Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. “We did a good job stopping them and limiting them to outside shots. We played with a lot of energy on both sides of the floor.”
OKABENA — A sparkling 21-point performance from senior Travis Behrends lifted Heron Lake-Okabena to a 58-53 victory over Ellsworth in a Red Rock Conference boys basketball clash which was closely-contested all the way. The Wildcats (3-18 overall, 3-11 in the conference) earned a seven-point halftime lead as Behrends (eight rebounds, three assists) netted four three-pointers before the break. HL-O was up by 10 points twice in the second half, but Ellsworth came back and closed the gap to three a couple of times.
JACKSON — Shooting 47 percent from the field, Pipestone Area defeated Jackson County Central by a comfortable margin in a Big South Conference clash. Rachel Skyberg scored 18 points, Alexis Evans had 12 and Morgyn Carson 10 for the Arrows, who moved their season record to 17-1. Skyberg had seven assists to go along with her game-high scoring effort while also getting seven rebounds. Evans had 12 rebounds and Mackenzie Haroldson had eight. Hunter Wrightson scored 14 points for JCC. Alaina Wolf added 11. Pipestone Area 31 65 JCC 24 38
ADRIAN — Three-point shooting told the story in Adrian, where Southwest Christian converted 13 of 25 attempts compared to Adrian’s 1-of-15. That was more than the difference as the Eagles earned a 76-67 boys basketball victory Monday night. Colby Den Herder scored 23 points for the Eagles and teammates Jeremy Vander Woude and Levi Vander Woude each scored 13. Kyle Van’t Hof added 11. Jeremy Vander Woude was 4-for-7 from 3-point land and Van’t Hof made three of four.
ELLSWORTH — Turnovers plagued the Ellsworth Panther offense Saturday night. Sibley-Ocheyedan forced 19 Ellsworth turnovers while the Generals only committed 13, paving the way to a 60-55 victory. S-O had three players reach double digits in the scoring column. Megan Grimes led all scorers with 20 points. Following up Grimes were, Carley Sievert and Britta Harberts who both finished with 12 points. For Ellsworth Megan Popkes and Devin Dressen each had double-doubles. Popkes dropped 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Likewise, Dressen had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
SLAYTON — In a close battle all that needed overtime to be decided, Murray County Central clipped Windom Saturday night. The Eagles hit a 3-pointer in the final moments of regulation to send the game to overtime. However, one made free throw by junior Cole Bassett with 5.9 seconds left in OT propelled MCC to a 60-59 nonconference victory.
PIPESTONE — The Pipestone Area-Worthington boys basketball game was a physical one Friday night. And it was Pipestone Area delivering most of the blows. The Arrows found their mark against the visiting Trojans, 66-53, putting four players in double figures and taking Worthington out of its offensive rhythm in the first half en route to a 42-29 lead at intermission. A never-say-die WHS squad pulled to within nine points with the ball with about one and a half minutes left in the game — forcing the Arrows to re-introduce their starters — but they held on to win.
WINDOM — The Jackson County Central Huskies stole the 46-45 win from the Windom Area Eagles in a matchup that came down to the final seconds. The Eagles put up a shot as the clock was winding down, but they came up short. Jayni Anderson led the winning offense scoring 14 points and completing four assists. Alaina Wolf was the top rebounder with nine, and she added 13 points.
WINDOM — Jackson County Central earned a Big South Conference victory over Windom Area. In a battle of two league juggernauts, the Huskies jumped out to a 32-18 point lead at the half and didn’t let up. They eventually took a 69-61 victory. JCC was led by senior Matt Ringkob with 22 points and followed up by junior Jacob Christopher with 15 points. Other top performances came from Bodey Behrends (12 points) and Colton Timmer (nine points). Jeff Pfeffer dropped 22 points to lead the Eagles. Windom’s second leading scorer was Sam Huska with 18 points. JCC 32 69
JACKSON — It was a close first half, but the St. Clair Cyclones surged ahead of the Jackson County Central Huskies in the closing minutes of the game. The Huskies suffered an 80-70 nonconference loss, their second in a row. The home team was only down by four points at the half, and they stayed in the game until there were seven minutes remaining. The score was tied at that point, but St. Clair capitalized on the Huskies’ fouls to pull ahead and take the victory.