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Girls Basketball: Diew dominates, Trojans topple JCC

JACKSON — Nyamer Diew had a dominating night for the Trojans, scoring 20 points to go along with 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, as Worthington won its ninth consecutive game Friday by topping Jackson County Central, 75-61.

WHS (14-7) also benefited from 17 points from Peyton Sauerbrei, 11 points from Emma Thuringer and 10 points and 10 rebounds from Anneke Weg. Weg also chipped in with four assists and Diew had three assists; Ashlyn Rosenberg contributed six rebounds.

“Overall, it was a pretty decent game for us,” Trojans head coach Eric Lindner said. “We started off very slowly and they got the lead, and we called a timeout and did a little motivating .... and played much better from there.”

The Trojans, who led by six at halftime, started strongly in the first four to six minutes of the second half and kept the Huskies at bay for most of the way.

“We did a very good job of recognizing their weaknesses,” Lindner said, pointing to a height advantage WHS enjoyed over JCC. “We were able to isolate Nyamer and Anneke and Ashlyn … and got a lot of looks close to the basket.”

Lindner also noted that the Trojans were able to limit the Huskies’ shooting from the perimeter after a good early start for JCC in that area. He also said his team did a good job at limiting the scoring of Huskies sophomore guard Alaina Wolff.

“Wolff is usually their leading scorer, and Emma Thuringer did a good job on her limiting her number of looks,” Lindner said.

Melissa Brandt scored 20 points to lead JCC. Wolff had 15, and Molly Brinkman 10.

The Trojans, currently ranked fourth in the section, will play today at Waseca, which is third-rated in the section. WHS is also home Monday for a matchup against Redwood Valley.

Worthington 30 45 — 75

JCC 24 37 — 61

Luverne 55, RV 50

REDWOOD FALLS — Luverne beat Redwood Valley thanks to a 34-point second half in its Big South Conference game.

Leading scorers for LHS were Sierra Schmuck (13 points), Joci Oye (10), Mallory Thorson (seven) and Rachel Oftedahl (seven).

LHS 21 55

RV 31 50

RRC 71, Fulda 45

FULDA — Red Rock Central cruised by Red Rock Conference opponent Fulda.

The Falcons’ leading scorers were Haley Simonson (25 points), Kaitlyn Rindfleisch (nine), Nicole Schroepfer (seven) and Hannah DeCock (seven). Simonson also had nine rebounds and five steals.

The Raiders’ leading scorers were Camryn Baumhoefner (15) and Kelsey Fuerstenberg (seven).

RRC 34 71

Fulda 15 45