Sections 3AA, 3A girls basketball teams play on
BY LES KNUTSON
and staff reports
A full slate of section girls basketball games were played on Saturday.
In South Section 3AA quarterfinal play, Pipestone Area beat St. James Area 61-22, Martin County West best Windom Area 64-42, Redwood Valley clipped Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 67-46, and Jackson County Central upset Luverne 51-49.
In South Section 3A games Saturday, Hills-Beaver Creek blew away Westbrook-Walnut Grove 73-13, Murray County Central beat Adrian 69-49, Southwest Christian eclipsed Ellsworth 77-43, and Red Rock Central beat Edgerton 63-37.
Action resumes Thursday in the South Section 3AA semifinals at Windom, where Pipestone Area plays Martin County West at 6 p.m. and Redwood Valley plays JCC at 7:30 p.m.
The South Section 3A semifinals resumes Tuesday in Worthington, with H-BC playing MCC at 6 p.m. and Southwest Christian playing RRC at 7:30 p.m.
Here are game wrap-ups from Saturday:
JCC 51, Luverne 49
LUVERNE -- The sixth seed beat the third seed as Jackson County Central eliminated Luverne.
Sadie Voss scored 13 points and Melissa Brandt scored 12 for the Huskies.
Brooklynn Ver Steeg led Luverne with 14 points while Mackenzie Petersen had 13. Gabi Ferrell and Mallory Thorson both had 10.
Jadyn Anderson had four steals and seven rebounds for Luverne.
JCC 28 51
Luverne 30 49
MCW 64, Windom Area 42
TRIMONT -- Outscoring Windom Area 33-17 in the first half, Martin County West coasted to victory.
Shooting 50 percent from the field, fourth-seeded MCW was led by Cheyenne Owens with 19 points, Alyssa Williamson with 13, and Karlee Thiesse with 11.
Allison Letcher scored 17 points for Windom Area, the fifth seed of the tournament.
Windom Area 17 42
MCW 33 64
H-BC 73, W-WG 13
HILLS -- Scoring the game’s first 17 points and allowing Westbrook-Walnut Grove only two field goals the entire contest, Hills-Beaver Creek was in control from beginning to end.
The Patriots were paced by a 26-point performance by versatile senior forward Sidney Fick, who connected on her fourth 3-pointer of the game with just under 12 minutes remaining in the second half, giving H-BC a 56-9 lead.
Whitney Elbers, a 6-3 junior center, scored 15 points for H-BC and sophomore guard Abby Knobloch scored six of her team’s first 19 and finished with 10 points for the Patriots, who had a 40-7 lead at intermission.
Junior guard Kelly Berglund scored a field goal in each half and was W-WG’s leading scorer with four points, while Grace Woelber and Alli Vande Kieft each sank a trio of free throws for the Chargers, who had 17 turnovers in the first half.
W-WG finished its season with a 5-18 record, including a 39-31 opening-round sub-section tournament win over ninth-seeded Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda on Feb. 21.
W-WG 7 13
H-BC 40 73
SW Christian 77, Ellsworth 42
EDGERTON -- Ellsworth kept the contest close most of the first half, but several transition baskets off of Panther turnovers allowed the hosting Eagles to take control.
“We thrive off of transition,” exclaimed SWC head coach Denise Nerem. “That’s what fuels our offense.”
The Eagles led by just 13 points, 43-30, with 14 minutes remaining, but were able to finish the game on an impressive 34-12 run and improve to 21-4.
Senior forward Holly Vis paced a balanced SWC scoring attack with 17 points, while Jazlynn Prins (15 points, five assists), Maren Nerem (11 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks) and Ella Veldkamp (11 points, five rebounds, four steals) also contributed double-figure point production. Hannah Nerem helped the Eagles with eight points, nine rebounds and four assists in a fine all-around effort.
The Panthers, who finished with a 6-14 record, had six players score, including 12 points from Ashlyn Meester, 11 by Kallie Chapa, 10 from Sierra Smith and six points by Lizzie Chapa.
Ellsworth 26 42
SWC 38 77
MCC 69, Adrian 49
HILLS -- After Adrian’s Autumn Grussing scored on two consecutive possessions which trimmed Murray County Central’s 38-31 halftime lead to 38-35, the Rebels went on a 7-0 run to open up a 10-point spread, 45-35.
Paced by the scoring of seniors Ines Rios and Montana Beckmann, along with junior Shelby Christensen, MCC continued to stretch the gap to the final 20-point victory margin.
Rios Ros, a 6-0 foreign-exchange student from Spain, scored 19 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 25 points (making 12-of-15 field goals), along with six rebounds, six blocks and four steals.
Beckmann, a 5-5 guard, converted a quick basket off one of her game-high eight steals to spark MCC’s game-changing burst and finished with 22 points and six rebounds in a stellar all-around game for the Rebels, who improved to 13-9.
Christensen, a 5-7 guard, made MCC’s only 3-point field goal of the game as she finished with 15 points and five rebounds.
Nine players scored for Adrian, which finished 7-16.
Leading the Dragons was 5-11 junior center Bailey Lonneman with a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds), while sophomore Shawna Rogers (eight points, four rebounds, three assists), senior Avery Balster (seven points, seven rebounds, team-leading five assists) and sophomore Jayden Zebe (seven points, two assists) combined for 22 of Adrian’s points.
Adrian 31 49
MCC 38 69
RRC 66, Edgerton 37
EDGERTON -- Red Rock Central snapped an early-game 6-6 tie with a 16-4 run to earn a 22-10 lead and cruise past the Flying Dutchmen, who had leads of 2-0, 4-1 and 6-5 in the opening minutes.
The Falcons (17-8) put a total of 11 players in the scoring column, including a trio of double-figure point producers.
Seniors veterans Kaitlyn Rindfleisch (11 points, nine rebounds) and Vanessa Kedl (10 points, three assists) -- a pair of experienced post players -- were strong inside for RRC, while senior guard Sophie Bellig (10 points, four rebounds, two assists) played well on the perimeter.
Nicole Schroepfer (seven points, four rebounds) Haley Simonson (six points), Bianca Weis (six points) and Cierra Gode (six points, three steals) combined for another 25 RRC points.
Senior guard Madison Heard sank a trio of 3-pointers and led Edgerton with nine points, while Gabby Buckridge (eight points, seven rebounds), Elizabeth Ockenga (six points, eight rebounds), and Reece Wassink (three points, team-leading nine rebounds) had strong all-around games for the Dutchmen who finished the season with a 5-14 overall record.
Edgerton 15 37
RRC 39 66