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WHS teams go on road, lose to Waseca and Albert Lea

Worthington Trojans

It was a tough result for two Worthington Trojans winter sports teams going on the road on Tuesday. The girls basketball team lost to Waseca, 68-38. And the girls hockey team lost to Albert Lea, 3-0.

Girls basketball

Waseca 68, Worthington 38

WASECA -- The Worthington Trojans started the game aggressively against the 14-3 Waseca press defense. The Trojans aggressiveness paid dividends early, as seven minutes in they lead 14-9, but a Waseca adjustment to a zone defense scheme thwarted the 9-4 Trojans the remainder of the game.

No Trojan shooter scored double digits. Senior Maya Scheitel-Taylor scored a team high nine and senior Madisyn Huisman scored eight. Sophie Wietzema had six rebounds and Olivia Hayenga pulled down five rebounds.

The Bluejay offense wore down the Trojan defense with lots of ball movement and picks. Senior guard Gus Boyer scored 31 points, senior Rachel Breck scored 10, and senior Hanah Potter scored 13.

“Once they switched to zone, we just got complacent and down big.” Worthington head coach Eric Linder said.

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The Trojans enter a tough stretch of their schedule with their next four games against Pipestone, Western Christian, Marshall, and Jackson County Central.

Worthington 22 38

Waseca 43 68

Girls Hockey

Albert Lea 3, Worthington 0

ALBERT LEA -- Worthington had a flurry of chances against Albert Lea, but the Trojans couldn’t come up with a goal in a shutout loss.

The Trojans had 31 shots on goal, while Albert Lea turned 45 shots into three goals.

“We had a lot of gut shots, it’s easy to stop when you shoot it in the goalie’s gut,” WHS head coach Chad Nickel said. “We were lacking a little bit on defense, we weren’t shutting them down and letting them skate in.”

The Trojans held tough with the Tigers in the first and second periods. But the hosts broke the game open with a two-goal third period.

“They had the upper hand on us in the third,” Nickel said. “But shots were back and forth.”

WHS hosts Faribault on Thursday.

Worthington 0 0 0 -- 0

Albert Lea 0 1 2 -- 3

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