Girls basketball: Trojans win eighth straight
WORTHINGTON -- They've had better games. But it was good enough. The Worthington Trojans girls basketball team didn't fast-break as much as it normally does on Monday night. They didn't seem quite as aggressive as they've been on numerous occasio...
WORTHINGTON -- They’ve had better games. But it was good enough.
The Worthington Trojans girls basketball team didn’t fast-break as much as it normally does on Monday night. They didn’t seem quite as aggressive as they’ve been on numerous occasions this year. But the end result was just what they wanted: a 61-45 victory over the visiting Spirit Lake Indians.
“We just couldn’t get the tempo we wanted. We kind of fell into a little bit of a lull,” said WHS head coach Eric Lindner.
But he didn’t really mind.
“I just think you gotta win some games like that,” he explained.
More importantly, with the win the Trojans secured their eighth consecutive victory to improve to 13-7 on the season. Though they weren’t particularly impressive to look at against the tall, sometimes plodding Indians, they put up some good statistics.
In the first half, Worthington converted nine of 10 free throws. They finished 19 of 25 at the line.
Nyamer Diew scored 12 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks. Madisyn Huisman scored a game-high 15 points and she was a cool 8-for-8 at the free throw line. Payton Sauerbrei scored 10 points. Emma Thuringer, normally a high-scorer, had no points at halftime but stepped up the pace in the second half for eight points.
As a team, Worthington out-rebounded Spirit Lake (now 10-10) by a 33-25 margin.
The game began sluggishly right off the bat. The Trojans pressed defensively and maintained a slight lead early, but the Indians’ Brooke Harrington hit a runner for a 10-9 Spirit Lake lead with less than 11 minutes to go in the half. Worthington began to pull away a little bit before halftime as the Indians experienced more problems with in-bounds passing. It was 30-18 Worthington at the half.
Thuringer became more aggressive to begin the second half, and on the Trojans’ first possession after halftime she drilled a 3-pointer for a 33-18 WHS lead. It became 46-30 at 11:03 on a Huisman 3-point shot. Spirit Lake applied more pressure defensively halfway through the second half and came to within 11 points, 51-40, at the four-minute mark. But that the Trojans would win the game was never really in doubt.
Harrington, a 5-4 senior, finished with 11 points for Spirit Lake. Six-one sophomore Emma Loveall also had 11. Jordyn Hamm, a 6-2 sophomore, had 12.
With Monday’s victory firmly in his grasp, Lindner looked ahead to some key future contests. On Friday the Trojans go on the road to play Jackson County Central, then go on the road again to play Waseca, and they return home next Monday to face Redwood Valley.
Still fighting to get a high seed in the sectional tournament, Worthington would love to knock off Waseca, a strong 3-point shooting team with excellent penetrators which is currently ranked No. 3 in the QRF rankings to Worthington’s four.
Spirit Lake 18 45
Worthington 30 61
SPIRIT LAKE (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Olsen 0-3-1-7, Harrington 2-2-1-11, Alger 0-0-3-3, Hamm 0-5-2-12, Lux 0-0-1-1, Loveall 0-4-3-11. Totals 2-14-11-45.
WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Diew 0-4-4-12, Othow 0-2-2-4, Huisman 1-2-8-15, Sauerbrei 2-1-2-10, Thuringer 1-2-1-8, Weg 0-3-0-6, Rosenberg 0-0-2-2, Veen 0-1-0-2. Totals 4-15-19-61.