Tuesday sports: Trojan GBB team beats Spirit Lake; boys hockey team plays well in 4-3 loss to New Ulm

Tuesday high school sports: The Worthington High School girls basketball team topped Spirit Lake 49-44, and the Trojans boys hockey team had a near-miss against a tough New Ulm squad.

Tuesday high school sports roundup:


Worthington 49, Spirit Lake 44

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- The Worthington High School girls basketball team held on for a 49-44 victory against host Spirit Lake on Tuesday, advancing to 2-0 on the young winter season.

Ellie Weg had 13 rebounds and nine points for the Trojans while Olivia Hayenga and Tarren Spartz both contributed 12 points. Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor controlled the tempo with her ballhanding as WHS defeated its second northwest Iowa school (Sibley-Ocheyedan lost in overtime to Worthington on Saturday).


Worthington, leading 23-17 at halftime, maintained its lead throughout the second half, although Spirit Lake came within one point late in the third quarter.

WHS head coach Eric Lindner said the Iowa squad was a “handsy” team that played mostly zone defense. Scheitel-Taylor was able to get past Spirit Lake’s first line of defense, which often led to points.

Lindsay Brau with 14 points and Molly Van Dyke with 11 led Spirit Lake’s offense.

Hayenga, who sprained her left hand in the Sibley-Ocheyedan game, still had it wrapped on Tuesday but was able to work through it.

Worthington 13 23 37 49

Spirit Lake 13 17 31 44

HLO/F 57, Lakeview 49

COTTONWOOD -- Leading scorer Chrissy Hermeling of Heron Lake - Okabena /Fulda had 19 points with five 3-pointers, three steals and two assists to lead the Coyotes to victory.


Teammate Taryn Evers ended up with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Anna Fest poured in 8 points and had seven steals. Faith White had three assists.

HLO/F led at halftime 35-22 and never looked back.

To seal the game for HLO/F, free throws from White, Addison Fisher and Evers were crucial to ultimately win the game.

Paige Hviaene had 17 points for Lakeview.

HLO/F 35 57

Lakeview 22 49

Luverne 78, MLA 40

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Averill Sehr scored 21 points and Emma Beyer added 14 as the Luverne Cardinals outplayed host Mountain Lake Area.


Brooke Naas scored 19 points to lead MLA.

Luverne led 41-15 at halftime and coasted the rest of the way. Besides her game-high 21 points, Sehr had eight assists and eight steals. Teammate Elizabeth Wagner, who finished with 10 points, had 10 rebounds.

Luverne 41 78

Mountain Lake Area 15 40

SWC 70, Pipestone 60

EDGERTON -- Southwest Minnesota Christian came out with a 10-point win over the Pipestone Arrows.

Makenna Moss of the Eagles ended with 29 points by converting 9 out of 16 field goals and 11 of 11 free throws.

Rylie Fey finished with 20 points, hitting eight of 19 from the field.

Pipestone led 32-30 but lost their drive in the second half.

During the game, there were ten lead changes and four ties.

Pipestone 32 60

SWC 30 70

RRC 55, Springfield 40

LAMBERTON -- Karli Arkell was outstanding for Red Rock Central, scoring 17 points, pulling down 16 rebounds and delivering five assists while making four blocks.

Teammate Lilly Stavnes added nine points in the win over Springfield.

W-WG 71, Madelia 10

MADELIA -- Host Madelia just couldn't keep up with Westbrook-Walnut Grove, which erupted to a 47-1 lead in the first half.

Isabel Klumper and Abby Wiggins scored 21 points apiece for the Chargers, and Amelia Sikel added 12 points. Ella Bergeman had six points for Madelia.

W-WG 47 71

Madelia 1 10

Boys basketball

Sioux Center 75, Sibley-Ocheyedan 51

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa -- Sioux Center meshed eight 3-point field goals in the first half and finished with 11, in 22 attempts in a solid victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Logan Bruxvoort scored 15 points with 12 rebounds to pace the Generals. Vance Hayenga-Johnson scored 11 points and Creighton Cosgrove had 10. Keegan Van Weston had six assists.

Sibley-Ocheyedan 7 24 36 51

Sioux Center 26 40 52 75

Boys hockey

New Ulm 4, Worthington 3

NEW ULM -- Worthington came dangerously close to upsetting a strong New Ulm team in its regular season opener, giving up the final game-winning goal with a little more than a minute remaining in the third period.

Josh Guldan scored the game-winner, with assists from Dawson Kraus and Braxton Hoffmann.

Worthington got goals from Alec Langerud and Andrew Benson in the second period, and Caden Van Briesen in the third. Blake Ahrenstorff was credited with two assists and Blake Luinenberg assisted on the third.

“A super good game,” said Worthington head coach Tyler Nienkerk. “It was fast-paced, just a super effort by our kids. We told them that we have to be a hard-working team, and that’s what they did today.”

New Ulm had 27 shots on goal compared to Worthington’s 20.

Worthington 0 2 1 -- 3

New Ulm 1 1 2 -- 4

Girls hockey

New Ulm 18, Worthington 0

NEW ULM -- In the early game of the WHS-New Ulm girl-boy doubleheader, the Eagles showed no mercy against Worthington.

Maddi O’Connor had four goals for the winners. Brooke Arneson and Julia Helget both had three, and Jada Rahe scored two.

New Ulm out-shot the Trojans 41-9 and was 4-for-7 on power plays while Worthington was 0-for-3.

New Ulm is 3-0 on the season. Worthington is 0-5.

Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0

New Ulm 7 8 3 -- 18

Luverne 9, Marshall 3

MARSHALL -- Payton Behr, Kamryn Van Batavia, Reghan Bork and Billi Connell all had a pair of goals at Luverne bested Big South Conference rival Marshall.

Macie Edstrom also had a goal for the winners.

Luverne 3 5 1 -- 9

Marshall 0 2 1 -- 3

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