Here's a roundup of regional prep sports that took place Thursday night:Boys Basketball
ELLSWORTH - The Panthers, who trailed by two at halftime, tightened their defense in the final half and went to earn a 16-point triumph in South Section 3A Tournament action.
Five Ellsworth players scored in double figures. Noah Kruse had 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and Grant Jansma had 14 points. Brandon Kramer added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Kade Boltjes and Anthony Lenz added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
With the win, Ellsworth will take on Southwest Minnesota Christian at 11 a.m. Saturday in Worthington.
For Fulda, Sam Cheadle topped the Raiders offensively with 20 points. Payton Marquardt had 12 points, and Tyler Madison added nine.
Fulda 34 52
Ellsworth 32 68RRC 51, Edgerton 30
LAMBERTON - Spencer Halland had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Falcons (12-13) won a South Section 3A Tournament game and earned the right to face Westbrook-Walnut Grove at 4 p.m. Saturday in Worthington.
RRC burst out to a 14-2 advantage and never looked back during a game in both teams battled through offensive struggles. Noah Stavnes contributed 14 points - and sank four 3-pointers - and the Falcons also made key free throws down the stretch.
Mason Gilbertson had 16 points for the Dutchmen, and Brayden Kuiper added seven.
Edgerton 16 30
RRC 26 51Adrian 72, HL-O 53
ADRIAN - Juniors Noah Reyne and Lance Luettel were a dynamic 1-2 punch for the Dragons, scoring 52 of their team’s total points in a South Section 3A tourney victory over the Wildcats.
Reyne led the way offensively with 30 points for Adrian while contributing eight rebounds. Luettel, meanwhile, tallied 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds The Dragons, who led by just one point at halftime before breaking things open in the second half, will next face Murray County Central at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Worthington.
Eli Fest paced HL-O with 25 points; he also recorded team highs of six assists and three steals. Andrew Madsen was next in the scoring column with eight points.
HL-O 30 53
Adrian 31 72JCC 89, Blue Earth Area 70
JACKSON - Rudy Voss scored 26 points and Jackson County Central pulled away in the second half to post a triumph over the Bucs.
Noah Carr chipped in with 15 points and Jordan Hassing had 14 points for the Huskies, who led by just three at the intermission. Andrew Hesebeck was another offensive contributor with 12 points.
Blue Earth Area also had four players score in double figures, with Grant Strukel (17 points) topping the list.
BEA 38 70
JCC 41 89MLA/Comfrey 69, St. James 54
MOUNTAIN LAKE - Sam Paulson and Drake Harder matched each other in the scoring and rebounding departments as MLA/Comfrey won its regular-season finale.
Paulson and Harder both had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, while teammate Abraham Stoesz contributed 11 points. MLA/Comfrey will open Section 2A South tourney play on Monday against Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Martin Luther/Truman.
St. James 30 54
MLA/Comfrey 36 69Girls Basketball Pipestone Area 65, MCW 33
WINDOM - The Arrows controlled the second half of play by a dominating 41-13 margin to emerge with a victory in South Section 3AA Tournament action.
Zoe Velde scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor to boost Pipestone Area. Miranda Hulstein was versatile for the Arrows with 14 points, six assists and seven steals. McKenzie Haroldson added 10 points.
Karlee Thiesse’s eight points led MCW.
MCW 20 33
PA 24 65
RV 65, JCC 55
WINDOM - Redwood Valley controlled the second half of play, outscoring Jackson County Central 43-22 over the final 18 minutes en route to a South Section 3AA Tournament win that ended the Huskies’ season.