Prep girls basketball: Worthington wins thriller; Sibley-Ocheyedan gets first victory

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Worthington relied on its defense Saturday in a game that wasn't decided until the final buzzer sounded.The Trojans were clinging to a 37-36 lead over Aberdeen Roncalli when the Cavaliers made one last charge. Worthington, wh...

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Worthington relied on its defense Saturday in a game that wasn’t decided until the final buzzer sounded.
The Trojans were clinging to a 37-36 lead over Aberdeen Roncalli when the Cavaliers made one last charge. Worthington, which had previously been 9-for-9 from the free throw line, missed a pair from the charity stripe and Roncalli grabbed the rebound. It hustled down the floor and got an open look at a 3-pointer with about six seconds remaining.
The shot went in-and-out, but the game wasn’t over just yet. The ball caromed back down the floor toward the Trojan end and a scramble ensued to recover it. Worthington’s Ahmitara Alwal was the first one there. She gained possession and dribbled down the floor to let the clock run out on a 37-36 victory.
“Fatigue was definitely a factor,” Trojans’ head coach Eric Lindner said of his team going cold and not scoring during the game’s final four minutes. “You’ve got an extra 10 feet with it being a college floor so we were trying to rotate a lot of girls in and out. But, since we were struggling on offense, we really had to push it defensively. We needed to get stops and rebound.”
Worthington used that defense to turn a three-point lead at halftime into a 10-point advantage going into the fourth quarter. It led by as many as 11 with defense leading the way. The Trojans forced the Cavs into 24 turnovers while committing only nine miscues themselves.
“We were able to cause some problems in the half-court and create some turnovers,” Lindner said.
Lindner said the game went back-and-forth throughout. Both teams shot well from the free throw line and struggled from the field. Roncalli out-rebounded the Trojans 39-27.
Emma Thuringer led the Trojans individually with 15 points. Alwal was next in line with six points. Taylor Morgan led the Cavaliers with 14.
Worthington (3-4 overall, 1-2 Big South Conference) returns to league play on Tuesday when it hosts Jackson County Central.
“We’re happy with the win, of course,” Lindner said. “We like playing over there. It’s special for the kids. We’ve played at the Pentagon three years in a row now and we’ve won all of them. We like to think we have a home-court advantage there.”
WHS 8 20 33 37
Roncalli 8 17 23 36
WORTHINGTON (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) - Alwal 0-3-0-6, Thuringer 0-5-5-15, Bruns 0-1-2-4, Woll 0-0-2-2, Weg 0-2-0-4, Mulder 0-1-0-2, Shaffer 0-2-0-4. Totals 0-14-9-37.
RONCALLI (3PT-2PT-FT-TP) - Ewart 2-1-0-8, Morgan 0-4-6-14, Imbery 1-0-2-5, Lorenz 0-4-0-8, Winegar 0-0-1-1. Totals 3-9-9-36.

S-O 57, South O’Brien 45
SIBLEY, Iowa - Sibley-Ocheyedan led from wire to wire Saturday to pick up its first win of the season, 57-45 over South O’Brien.
The Generals took command early, grabbing 10-5 lead in the first quarter and turning that into a 23-15 halftime advantage.
Carley Sievert had a big game to lead the Generals’ offense. She went 6-of-10 from the field and 8-for-12 from the free throw line to finish with 21 points. Britta Harberts stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Megan Grimes added 10 points, four boards, two dimes and two steals. Toni Lonneman helped the cause with nine rebounds.
Shelby Schueder led South O’Brien with 12 points.
Sibley-Ocheyedan (1-7 overall) travels to Milford to take on Okoboji on Tuesday.
South O’Brien 5 14 20 45
Sibley-Ocheyedan 10 23 36 57

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