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Garman, Redwood Valley beat WHS girls, 73-60

The Worthington Trojans could not stop 6-0 senior center Haley Garman Tuesday night, who scored a game-high 21 points in a 73-60 Redwood Valley girls basketball victory at the WHS gym.

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Worthington Trojans Stephanie Bauman (2) shoots for two points as Redwood Valley Cardinals defenders Sydney Sommers (on left) and Haley Garman move in on the play. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans could not stop 6-0 senior center Haley Garman Tuesday night, who scored a game-high 21 points in a 73-60 Redwood Valley girls basketball victory at the WHS gym.

Garman’s inside game was consistent throughout, but it was not by accident, said Redwood Valley coach Taya Lindahl.

“Aubree (Hicks) did a nice job of driving to the inside. (Hannah) Schjenken did a good job of relocating, and knocking down shots. (Sydney) Sommers attacked the basket as well,” Lindahl said.

All those things opened up the inside for Garman to operate. And she did just that, maintaining possession of the basketball with two strong hands and going straight up to the basket -- sometimes with a nifty pivot for good measure -- for points. She scored 12 points in the first half as the Cardinals took a 42-33 lead, and added nine more in the second half as the Trojans tried unsuccessfully to maintain their own offensive consistency.

Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said his team didn’t make it difficult enough for Garman to score.

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“They got to the rim too easily, I thought. Even though we tried to transition, we took shots too soon,” he said. “You’ve got to give them credit. They did what they needed to do.”

Redwood Valley (7-6) won its fifth consecutive game with Tuesday’s victory. In an earlier game this year in Redwood Falls, Worthington eked out a 58-56 triumph.

In that game, recalled Lindahl, her team “panicked a little bit” against an aggressive WHS attack, but this time the Cardinals withstood a Worthington squad that, through a furious effort, deadlocked the score 56-56 with 8:45 remaining.

“They’re just so good in their own gym. They knock down shots and play so hard against us,” Lindahl said.

Unfortunately for the Trojans, they just didn’t make enough shots fall. Redwood Valley’s senior-led team rebounded well, passed well and, on defense, watched as the Trojans failed on numerous long and mid-range jumpers to produce a run. The run never came.

“We have a core group of seniors. And they’re just hungry. They got a taste of it when we went to state two years ago, and they’re just never satisfied,” Lindahl explained.

Hicks complemented Garman’s offensive effort with 16 points. Sommers and Schjenken each had 13.

Olivia Hayenga tried mightily to shoot Worthington back into the game in the second half, but she never was able to get hot. Still, she finished with a team-high 19 points. Stephie Bauman added 12.

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The loss dropped Worthington to 9-4.

Redwood Valley 42 73

Worthington 33 60

REDWOOD VALLEY (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Beran 0-1-2-4, Sommers 0-5-3-13, Garman 0-8-5-21, Schjenken 3-2-0-13, Guggisberg 1-1-0-5, Hicks 1-6-1-16. Totals 5-23-11-73.

WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Scheitel-Taylor 1-3-0-9, Bauman 2-3-0-12, Hayenga 1-6-4-19, Spartz 0-3-0-6, Wietzema 1-2-1-8, Weg 0-3-0-6. Totals 4-20-5-60.

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Trojans Tarren Spartz (24) drives in the seam of the Redwood Valley defence for two points Tuesday night in Worthington.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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