Section 2AAA girls basketball: Worthington can't come back against New Ulm
NEW ULM -- A good season ended abruptly for the Worthington High School girls basketball team Tuesday night. Host New Ulm eliminated the Trojans 77-65 in the quarterfinals of the Section 2AAA tournament. The Trojans, seeded fifth in the tourney, ...
NEW ULM -- A good season ended abruptly for the Worthington High School girls basketball team Tuesday night. Host New Ulm eliminated the Trojans 77-65 in the quarterfinals of the Section 2AAA tournament.
The Trojans, seeded fifth in the tourney, fought well against the fourth-seeded Eagles after falling behind 25-9 in the first half. Trailing just 33-25 at halftime, they came to within four points of the host team twice after that -- at 36-32 and 50-46 -- but a 12-1 run stretched the Eagles’ lead, and the Trojans were unable to come within striking distance after that.
Senior guard Emma Thuringer scored 14 points for Worthington in her final game as a Trojan. Evelyn Othow finished with 10 points. Madisyn Huisman and Payton Sauerbrei both had nine.
Joey Batt scored 32 points for New Ulm. She converted 19 of 23 free throws.
New Ulm advances to play the No. 1 seed, Mankato West, at Minnesota State University-Mankato in a 6 p.m. semifinal on Saturday.
With 8:54 remaining in the game Tuesday, Worthington trailed for the second time by just four points. But a Lizzie Shaul 3-point shot upped New Ulm’s margin to 53-46. The Eagles converted the next field goal, then Shaul scored on a turnover for a 57-46 lead. A little bit later, Batt drained a 3-point shot to make the score 62-47.
Worthington’s Nyamer Diew, who finished with eight points, scored on a 3-point play (with free throw) at the 4:32 mark to cut the margin to 10 points, 63-53, and she later hit a pair of free throws to make it 63-55. But the Eagles held firm.
WHS finished the season with a 17-9 record.
Worthington 25 65New Ulm 33 77