Prep girls basketball: Worthington knocks off Jackson County Central; Marshall nips Pipestone Area
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.”
The Trojans used a strong high-low offense to get going against JCC’s 2-3 zone defense. That particular set has given Worthington fits at times this season, but Tuesday that wasn’t the case.
That was due, in large part, to hot shooting night by Emily Shaffer. The junior buried four 3-pointers to help the offense roll.
Lindner was also pleased with the play of junior guard Ahmitara Alwal.
“She turned in a great defensive effort, but she also did a great job on the boards,” he said. “I’d have to say she had 10 or more rebounds.”
Shaffer finished with 24 points while Emma Gerber had eight. Alaina Wolff tallied a career-high 21 points for JCC with Hunter Wrightson pouring in nine.
The Trojans (12-9 overall, 7-4 Big South) host Parents’ Night against Blue Earth Area on Thursday.
WHS 25 64
JCC 11 43
TROJANS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Alwal 0-1-0-5-7, Thuringer 0-2-3-7, Bruns 0-2-2-6, Gerber 1-2-1-8, Woll 1-0-0-3, Heidebrink 0-0-2-2, Weg 0-2-0-4, Mulder 0-1-1-3, Shaffer 4-6-0-24. Totals 6-16-14-64.
HUSKIES (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Lilleberg 0-0-3-3, Wrightson 0-2-5-9, Brinkman 0-0-3-3, Anderson 0-1-0-2, Dunlavey 0-1-0-2, Wolff 1-6-6-21. Totals 1-11-18-43.
Marshall 53, PA 46
PIPESTONE — In a showdown of two of the top girls basketball teams in the Big South Conference, visiting Marshall topped Pipestone Area 53-46 Tuesday night.
Senior forward Marah Mulso scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to pace the Tigers’ effort. Lexi Saugstad scored 14 points.
The victory moved MHS to 16-6 on the season and 12-0 in conference play. Pipestone Area fell to 17-2 overall and 10-2 in the conference. Both of the Arrows’ losses this year have been to Marshall. The Tigers beat PA 58-30 on Jan. 8.
Marshall 25 53
Pipestone Area 18 46
SWC 77, H-BC 64
EDGERTON — The Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles maintained consistent control of the game to defeat the Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots.
SWC’s Brooklyn DeKam was the top scorer of the game with 23 points. The sophomore, along with Chantel Groen completed four steals and Groen scored 15 points.
Ann Pater was the leading rebounder for the Eagles with six to go along with 17 points. Kassydi Vreeman had nine points and five boards, and Emily Nerem contributed seven assists and seven steals.
For the Patriots, Grace Bundesen led with 19 points. Avery Van Roekel and freshman Sidney Fick each scored 16 points.
The Eagles maintain a record of 18-1 and Hills-Beaver Creek is 13-6.
H-BC 31 64
SWC 36 77
Ellsworth 49, W-WG 37
ELLSWORTH — Westbrook-Walnut Grove couldn’t keep pace with an improved Ellsworth squad as the Panthers took a 49-37 victory Tuesday.
Ellsworth pulled away from a 23-19 halftime lead.
Devin Dreesen had a monster game for the Panthers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Kramer and Megan Popkes checked in with 10 and eight points, respectively.
Mariah Hicks finished with eight points and 10 boards for the Chargers. Cassidy Mischke added six points.
W-WG 19 37
Ellsworth 23 49
RRC 70, Edgerton 53
EDGERTON — The Red Rock Central Falcons topped the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen.
Mia Wassink of the Dutchmen was the top scorer of the game with 19 points. Elizabeth Buckridge and Halle Wassink each scored 10 points.
The Falcons were led by Ramsey Piotter who scored 17 points. Rachel Kedl made 15 and Taylor Price had 12.
Edgerton has a record of 8-8 and the Falcons lead the Red Rock Conference with a season total of 17-3.
RRC 36 70
Edgerton 27 53
MLA 42, Fulda 30
MOUNTAIN LAKE — After getting off to a slow start in the first half, the Mountain Lake Area Wolverines pulled away in the second to defeat the Fulda Raiders.
Signey Stoesz led MLA with an impressive 26 points and added six steals as well. Margo Stoesz pitched in nine points to help the Wolverines.
For Fulda, Emily Schroer led her team with nine points.
MLA advances to 10-8 overall (7-5 Red Rock Conference) and Fulda falls to 4-17 on the season (2-10 Red Rock Conerence).
Fulda 19 30
MLA 15 42
Redwood 78, Windom Area 49
REDWOOD FALLS — Windom Area’s Hallie Will scored 16 points and teammate Madison Maras scored 13, but the Eagles couldn’t fly by the Cardinals.
The loss drops Windom Area to 4-18.
Windom Area 23 49
Redwood 39 78
H-LP 53, RSM 45
LAKE PARK, Iowa — Harris-Lake Park’s defense clamped down in the third quarter to pull away from Remsen St. Mary’s.
The Wolves held a slim 23-20 lead at halftime, but they allowed only three points in the third quarter to go up 39-23 and eventually grab a 53-45 victory in their regular season finale.
Senior Katherin Ihnen scored 18 points to the H-LP offense. Jazmin Voehl and Madison Brevik added 11 and nine, respectively.
The Wolves (10-10 overall, 7-6 War Eagle Conference) open up Class 1A-Region 1 Tournament play at 7 p.m. Thursday on their home floor against Graettinger-Terril.
RSM 10 20 23 45
H-LP 8 23 39 53