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Top seeds move on in section boys basketball

The top seeds all advanced Thursday night as Sub-Section 3A and 3AA boys basketball play continued.

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Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Coyotes Carter Drent (5) takes a jump shot up against Hills-Bever Creek defenders Cole Baker (2), Oliver Deeistra (3) and Drew Leenderts (11) during Section 3A South quarter game Thursday night in Okabena March 18th 2021.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)
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The top seeds all advanced Thursday night in Sub-Section 3A and 3AA boys basketball play.

In 3A, No. 1 Southwest Christian, No. 2 Westbrook-Walnut Grove, No. 3 Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda and No. 4 Russell-Tyler Ruthton all claimed victories and extended their seasons.

In Section 3AA where top-seeded Luverne had a bye, No. 2 Pipestone, third-seeded Fairmont and No. 4 Windom Area all advanced.

Section 3A
W-WG 63, RRC 46

WESTBROOK -- Ethan Mischke scored 19 points and handed out eight assists as Westbrook-Walnut Grove advanced with a victory over Red Rock Central.

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The victorious Chargers led by 20 points at halftime behind the offensive production of Cole Vande Wiele,who had all 14 of his points in the first half. Coltin Pilaczynski had 10 rebounds.

For Red Rock Central, Joseph Strock had nine points and Justin Klabunde scored eight.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 16-3 overall, advances to a sectional semifinal game Saturday against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda in Westbrook.

Red Rock Central finishes 5-14 on the year.

Red Rock Central 19 46

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 39 63

RTR 58, MCC 52

TYLER -- Aiden Wichmann scored 17 points and Tucker Haroldsome threw in a halfcourt 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer as fourth-seeded Russell-Tyler-Ruthton edged fifth-seeded Murray County Central.

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Junior forward Chant Mitchell led a balanced MCC attack with 14 points. Senior standout Blake Schmitz had 12 points and senior guard Dylan Johnson had nine points and three steals.

Sophomore guard Jaden Deacon scored 12 points and played well defensively for the Rebels, who finished 10-9 on the season.

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (12-6) advances to meet Southwest Christian in Edgerton on Saturday.

Murray County Central 26 52

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 33 58

H-LO/F 67, H-BC 51

OKABENA -- Sophomore guard Sawyer Drent poured in six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda to a victory over H-BC.

Senior guard Eli Fest had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Coyotes, now 13-6 on the season. Carter Drent, a 6-5 junior forward, added 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.

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Senior guard Jaeden Strandberg had two 3-pointers and eight points in the first half as the Coyotes built an 18-point lead.

Hills-Beaver Creek, which rallied near the end of the first stanza and trailed by just eight at halftime, received 18 points apiece from junior forward Oliver Deelstra and junior guard Cole Baker. Deelstra had 16 points in the first half and Baker had 18 of the Patriots’ total in the second half.

Hills-Beaver Creek finishes the season at 9-9.

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda, seeded third in the section, travels second-seeded Westbrook-Walnut Grove Saturday night.

Hills-Beaver Creek 29 51

Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 37 67

SWC 87, Edgerton 38

EDGERTON -- Senior Hunter Vander Haar had 17 points and five rebounds as Southwest Minnesota Christian upended Edgerton’s Flying Dutchmen.

No less than 11 players scored for the balanced Southwest Christian Eagles. Jacob Raak had 12, while Cody Van’t Hof and Zach Prins each scored 11. Cole Walhof added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Van’t Hof contributed six assists and junior guard Micah Schapp dished out seven for the Eagles, who improved to 17-2. Southwest Minnesota Christian plays host to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Saturday night as the section tourney continues.

For Edgerton (3-16), junior forward Jacob Fischer scored 10 points and senior forward Jacob Ockenga had nine points. Senior standout Gabe Gilbertson had eight points for the Dutchmen.

Edgerton 14 38

Southwest Christian 38 87

Section 3AA

Windom Area 85, T-M-B 59

WINDOM -- Conner Redman scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Windom Area blasted Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

It was the sixth straight victory for Windom, which improved to 9-10 overall. The Eagles will play at top-seeded Luverne Saturday night in a sectional semifinal.

Dylan Serreyn had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Henry Erickson contributed 14 assists, nine rebounds and eight points for Windom. Twins Austin and Sam Doorenbos combined for six 3-pointers in the first half and each finished with 11 points.

For fifth-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (10-9), Christian Wendland scored 16 points.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 32 59

Windom 47 85

Fairmont 66, JCC 58

FAIRMONT -- Sophomore forward Gavin Junkermeier led a balanced attack with 15 points as Fairmont edged Jackson County Central.

The victorious Cardinals (7-10) had five players reach double figures in the scoring column.

For JCC (3-16), sophomore guard Travis Rogotzke scored 30 points.

Fairmont plays at Pipestone Saturday night as the tournament continues.

Pipestone 52, St. James Area 38

PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone Area Arrows defeated St. James Area by 14 points here Thursday night.

No other details were available at presstime.

Pipestone, 9-10 overall, plays host to Fairmont on Saturday as the tournament continued.

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Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Eli Fest pivots around the post by Hills-Bever Creek’s Zander Wysong whilal Patriots Ty bundesen (12) and Oliver Deeistra (3) follow the play during Section 3A South quarter game Thursday night in Okabena March 18th 2021.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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