Thursday sports roundup: Trojans beat Fergus Falls for basketball tournament title

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A solid second half performance helped the Worthington Trojans boys basketball team win the Fergus Falls Holiday Tournament championship on Thursday, with a 51-41 win over the host team.

A roundup of Thursday area sports competition:

Boys basketball

Worthington 51, Fergus Falls 41

FERGUS FALLS -- Holding their rivals to just 17 second half points, the Trojans used defense to get the jump on Fergus Falls.


“I think we really put the clamps down defensively when we gave them only 17 points in the second half,” said WHS head coach Clint Meyer.”

There was nothing special about the Trojans’ defense in the second half, said the coach. Just a renewed intensity that overcame a 24-22 halftime deficit. Better rebounding also contributed to the post-intermission Worthington performance.

Kaleb Knothe scored 16 points, Jacari Swinea scored 11 points, and Marenotho Opiew scored 10 for the Trojans.

Neither team shot well from the field. But WHS did convert 20 of 27 free throws compared to Fergus Falls’ nine of 18.

Worthington 22 51

Fergus Falls 24 41

MLA/C 74, Adrian/Ellsworth 46

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Chase Anacher scored 11 points, and Kody Wassman and Aiden Penner both scored 10 to help Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey improve its record to 3-2 with a victory over Adrian/Ellsworth.


Brock Henning with 18 points and Aiden Tweet with 16 paced A/E.

Adrian/Ellsworth 23 46

MLA/C 41 74

Girls basketball

Luverne 76, JCC 39

JACKSON -- Elizabeth Wagner tallied 27 points in leading Luverne over Jackson County Central in a Big South Conference game.

Sarah Ockenga added 15 points and Kira John had 12.

Rylie Cother scored 11 points with nine rebounds and seven steals for JCC. Maci Farmer had six points, 10 rebounds and four assists.


Luverne 40 76

JCC 25 39

Thursday night high school sports roundup:
Trailing at halftime, the Worthington High School girls basketball team outscored Albert Lea 49-27 in the second half Thursday night in Worthington
The Minnesota West men's basketball team was defeated by conference opponent Rochester Wednesday night. Bie Ruei had a big night with 26 points and four assists.

Boys hockey

Albert Lea 5, Windom Area 3

ROCHESTER -- Sonny Heil scored twice for Windom Area, but it wasn’t enough as Albert Lea earned a 5-3 victory at the Rochester Tournament.

Landon Pillatzki scored the Eagles’ other goal. Brady Espenson and Wriley Haugen were credited with assists for WAHS.

Windom Area 0 1 2 -- 3

Albert Lea 2 1 2 -- 5

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