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Ochothow scores 1,000th point; Trojans lose to Redwood Valley

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The Worthington Trojans' Terbuto Ochothow shoots against Redwood Valley Thursday night in Worthington. Ochothow scored his 1,000th career point in the game. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- With three minutes, 36 seconds remaining in Thursday’s boys basketball game, Worthington’s Terbuto Ochothow stepped to the line for two free throws.

The junior guard needed to make just one to become the latest 1,000 point scorer in Trojan history.

Ochothow made both shots to go over the 1,000-point mark in his illustrious career.

“It’s a great feeling, to be honest,” he said. “Just knowing that putting in the hard work paid off.”

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If there was one disappointment for Ochothow, it’s that his milestone was in a losing effort as Redwood Valley came away with a 79-61 victory.

“It feels pretty good, but it would feel better if we won,” he said.

Entering the game, Ochothow needed 17 points. He scored 11 in the first half.

“I just let the game come to me,” he said.

Ochothow then put back an offensive rebound with 10:39 remaining and followed with a 3 at the 8:42 mark to pull within one point. He had a one-and-one at the free-throw line with 4:14 remaining, but missed the front end. But less than a minute later, he was back at the line. This time, he didn’t miss.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Terbo. He’s worked extremely hard on his game and he puts a lot of extra time in. It’s well deserved for him to reach that milestone,” WHS head coach Clint Meyer said. “I think the first time he went up, he was maybe a little nervous and was kind of pressing a little bit after he got to 16 … but that’s expected, it’s a big moment for him.”

Worthington led only once in the game (5-4) but didn’t let the Cardinals run away in the first half. At the break, RV led 41-32. After halftime, Will Brandner scored the first eight points for the Trojans as they were within three.

“That boy Will can shoot,” Ochothow said. “I don’t know how, but he’s blessed with that fade-away.”

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Midway through the second half, WHS was still within six. But the Cardinals went on a 14-3 run to push the advantage to 17 points.

“They played good motion offense and moved the ball really well,” Meyer said. “They don’t stay stationary, there’s always cutting or screening action going on. We just had too many lapses defensively where we got caught in switches or we didn’t switch and they were able to slip to the basket or get open for a 3. Those are the differences in games like this.”

Brock Bruns added 16 for WHS, while Brandner scored 12.

Connor Josephson led all scorers with 21 for RV, Carson Woodford had 12 and Bryant Haas and Alex Lang each scored 11.

“They are a really good, guard-heavy team. They know how to run their motion offense really well. It was just hard for us to defend,” Ochothow said. “We’re playing with new people and rolling in a new offense. We’re just trying to get that to click all at once because we really never touched the court together.”

The Trojans fall to 5-7 and travel to Fairmont on Tuesday.

“We just have to put this in the past and continue to get better and play harder,” Ochothow said.

Redwood Valley 41 79

Worthington 32 61

REDWOOD VALLEY (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Haas 0-3-5-11, Lundeen 2-0-2-8, Josephson 1-6-6-21, Lang 1-4-0-11, Paulsen-Reck 2-1-0-8, Woodford 0-5-2-12, Johnson 1-0-0-3, Farasyn 0-1-1-3, Goodthunder 0-0-2-2. Totals 7-20-18-79.

WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Walu 0-1-0-2, Ochothow 1-4-7-18, M. Opiew 0-0-2-2, Bruns 1-3-7-16, Gach 0-1-0-2, Brandner 0-5-2-12, Beyne 0-1-1-3, Boever 0-1-0-2, Pavelko 0-1-0-2, Van Orman 0-1-0-2. Totals 2-18-19-61.

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Worthington's Will Brandner (33) looks for an open man to pass to as Redwood Valley's Carson Woodford (15) defends. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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