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Section 3A girls basketball: Knobloch, Fick lead H-BC past MCC

Hills-Beaver Creek's Sidney Fick (31) fires off a shot Tuesday as Murray County Central defenders Shelby Christensen (10) and Brianna Schmitz (3) move in. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Abby Knobloch in the first half, and Sidney Fick in the second half. With Knobloch scoring 20 points en route to a 47-19 halftime lead, then Fick putting 17 points through the hoop in the second half -- including five 3-pointers -- the top-seeded Hills-Beaver Creek Patriots rolled over Murray County Central 86-46 Tuesday night in the South Section 3A girls basketball semifinals.

H-BC will play second-seeded Southwest Christian for the south championship Friday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

Knobloch lit it up for the Pats early.

“They were gonna make her beat ‘em, and she did,” said H-BC head coach Kale Wiertzema.

In the second half Knobloch passed the baton to Fick -- the school’s all-time scoring leader -- who swished her long jump shots seemingly with barely a look at the basket.

“She can get that way. When she gets that way, we have to find her,” Wiertzema said.

“I was just getting into a rhythm,” explained the 6-0 senior. “And I just thought, ‘shoot, all the time.’ And coach is always telling me to shoot it if I’m feeling it.”

Fick finished with eight 3-point conversions and 30 points. Knobloch had 24 points, Whitney Elbers 13 and Grace Bundesen 11 as the unbeaten Patriots improved their record to 25-0.

It was a solid game throughout for H-BC, with strong outlet passing on the fast break, sharp shooting and strong defense. The Rebels worked hard passing and dribbling to find open shots, but they rarely found their opponents out of position.

The Rebels scored the game’s first field goal, but the Patriots went on an early run and were never threatened.

H-BC out-rebounded MCC 51-28, with Elbers getting 13 and Fick 10.

Montana Beckmann paced Murray County Central with 12 points. Ines Rios Ros finished with 10.

Wiertzema had to be pleased with his team’s all-around effort.

“We have a good mix. We have a good mix of everything,” he said.

H-BC 47 86

MCC 19 46

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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