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Tuesday sports roundup: Luverne gets big boys basketball win over Windom Area

Luverne Cardinals forward Isaiah Bartels (12) is challenged on a shot by Windom Area's Dalton Smith (34) Tuesday in Windom. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)1 / 2
Windom Area's Ryan Franz leaps through the defense from Luverne guards Derek Lundgren (3) and Mark Robinson (1) to shoot a two. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)2 / 2

WINDOM -- Suddenly, the Luverne Cardinals boys basketball team has become competitive.

The Cardinals, who struggled mightily early in the 2017-18 season, went on the road to beat a good Windom Area team on Tuesday, 66-59.

Senior center Cole Claussen scored 21 points and pulled down six rebounds, Derek Lundgren scored 16 points with six more rebounds, and Eli Haugom added 15 points as the Cardinals dropped the Eagles to 13-11.

“The game was back-and-forth. We kind of won the last three minutes,” said LHS head coach John Sichmeller. “It’s been a tough year. We’ve won four of our last five, though. We’re definitely playing a lot better.”

Lundgren and Claussen drained key 3-point shots in the second half to lift the Cards. Solid rebounding also helped, Sichmeller said.

Windom Area coach Mitch Boeck said Luverne shot well and played good defense.

“We had a couple of silly fouls. They got to the double bonus really quick. And they hit their free throws really well,” Boeck said.

Luke Gilbertson scored 21 points for Windom Area, and teammate Kobe Lovell had 17 points.

Luverne is now 6-16 on the season.

Sichmeller said his Cardinals have improved for various reasons. First, the team is getting better at controlling the pace -- which usually means slowing it down. It’s taking better shots and getting more help from the bench.

“We’ve been trying to play a few more kids. So that keeps people fresh. We’ve got one kid back from injury, so that helps, too,” Sichmeller said. “We can play nine or 10 kids now, when before we probably couldn’t.

Luverne 31 66Windom Area 23 59PA 70, H-BC 46

PIPESTONE -- Ethan Baartman scored 19 points to lead Pipestone Area to a non-conference win over Hills-Beaver Creek.

Cole Zephier added 13 points for the Arrows, while Carter Colemer scored nine points for PA, which led 42-27 at halftime.

Hills-Beaver Creek had a game-high 25 points to lead the Patriots, while Jax Wysong scored 10 points.

PA hosts Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Saturday.

Hills-Beaver Creek 27 46Pipestone Area 42 70 HL-O 76, Edgerton 55

EDGERTON -- Stepping up the pressure defensively, Heron Lake-Okabena outscored Edgerton 44-27 in the second half to prevail. Eli Fest scored 24 points and was credited with seven assists for the Wildcats while Malaki Walker and Lee Gunther both scored 12. Ben Sheldahl tallied 10 points with nine rebounds and four steals for HL-O.

Gunther had six rebounds and Andrew Madsen had four steals for the winners.

Edgerton’s Trey Gilbertson had 22 points at halftime and finished with 25. Tannan Groen scored 13 points for the Flying Dutchmen.

Gilbertson also grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked five shots and had three steals. Landon Buckridge had four assists. Brayden Kuiper made three steals.

Edgerton 28 55HL-O 32 76Springfield 60, RRC 52

SPRINGFIELD -- Led by 21 second-half points from Spencer Halland, Red Rock Central nearly overcame a halftime deficit against a tough Springfield team.

The Tigers (21-1) led 27-15 at halftime, but RRC outscored them 37-33 in the second half, despite shooting 1-for-16 from 3-point range in the game.

Halland finished with a game-high 26 points to go with 15 rebounds and four assists for the Falcons, while Brady Rasmussen had 10 points and eight assists.

Tanner Vogel scored 23 points to lead Springfield.

Red Rock Central 15 52Springfield 27 60GIRLS BASKETBALLAdrian 65, HL-O 44

ADRIAN -- Host Adrian nearly totaled Heron Lake-Okabena’s final score in the first half, settling for a 21-point win.

Paige Bullerman led the Dragons with 16 points while Hannah Bullerman had 14, Lexi Slater 11 and Bailey Lonneman 10.

Moriah Bullerman had five assists to go along with her six points. Paige Bullerman had nine rebounds.

Abi Fest scored 10 points to lead Adrian. Kiana Leighty scored nine.

HL-O 23 44Adrian 42 65H-BC 75, Fulda 29

HILLS -- Hills-Beaver Creek demonstrated its strength against Fulda, winning convincingly while improving to 17-5 on the season.

Whitney Elbers scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Patriots. Courtney Rozeboom scored 11 points. Sidney Fick and Grace Bundesen each had 10.

Evany Luna had 11 points and McKenzie Evers seven points for the Raiders.

Fulda 15 29Hills-Beaver Creek 36 75Luverne 63, Windom Area 51

WINDOM -- Joci Oye’s 20 points helped Luverne over Windom Area in a battle of Big South Conference teams.

Autumn Hauge scored 18 points for Windom Area. Teammate Maurissa Isaacs scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Luverne 31 63Windom Area 21 51W-WG 51, Ellsworth 48

ELLSWORTH -- Bethany Byers scored a game-high 20 points as Westbrook-Walnut Grove earned a Red Rock Conference victory over Ellsworth.

Camryn Bunting added 10 points and 14 rebounds for W-WG, while Brittany Erickson scored 10 points to go with eight rebounds. Theresa Merrick also had eight rebounds.

Devin Dreesen scored 19 points for Ellsworth, while Ashlyn Meester scored 10 points. Morgan Dreesen scored eight points.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 28 51Ellsworth 19 48RRC 41, MLA 38, OT

LAMBERTON -- In a close game throughout, Red Rock Central broke away in overtime to earn a narrow victory.

Mountain Lake, which tied the game by making a 3-pointer with a minute left in regulation, had a chance in the final seconds, but the shot was just off the mark to send the game into extra time.

The Falcons jumped out to a lead in the overtime and held on for the Red Rock Conference victory.

Haley Simonson scored a game-high 25 points to lead RRC.

MLA was led by Margo Stoesz, who scored 11 points and had seven rebounds. Jenneel Rodney scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds.

The Wolverines are at Fulda on Friday.

Mountain Lake Area 20 34 38Red Rock Central 20 34 41SWC 90, MCC 67

SLAYTON -- Southwest Christian outscored Murray County Central 43-25 in the second half to earn a Red Rock Conference win.

SWC was led by Brooklyn DeKam’s 25 points, while Jazlynn Prins had 23 and Hannah Nerem scored 18 for the Eagles, which had a slim 47-42 lead at halftime. Nerem added eight rebounds, while Prins had seven. Emily Nerem finished with nine points, seven rebound sand four steals.

MCC was led by Riley Schmitz, who scored 20 points and had seven rebounds. Montana Beckmann added 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Shelby Christensen scored 13 points. Alyssa Groves finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

Southwest Christian 47 90Murray County Central 42 67BOYS HOCKEYNew Ulm 3, Windom Area 1

NEW ULM -- Three third-period goals were enough to lead New Ulm to a victory over Windom Area.

After Eli Becker’s first-period goal gave WA a 1-0 lead, the second period was scoreless.

However, Landon Strong scored twice and Josh Seidl scored with Strong assisting as New Ulm came out victorious.

Windom Area outshot New Ulm 32-20 in the game.

Windom Area 1 0 0 -- 1New Ulm 0 0 3 -- 3