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Boys Basketball: Delano clips Litchfield

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Litchfield's Zach Kinny carves a path to the basket guarded by Dalton Danielson of Delano in the first half at Litchfield on Thursday.
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West Central Tribune
Boys Basketball: Delano clips Litchfield
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Tribune Staff Report

LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield fell behind early and never caught up to Delano, losing 68-63 on Thursday in a Wright County Conference game that could cost the Dragons' sole possession of the conference lead.

Litchfield trailed by six at the half, and while the Dragons pulled within one point late, Delano didn't cave. The Tigers hit 19 of 23 free throws.

"They're a good team," said Litchfield head coach John Carlson. "We started slow and that got us."

Litchfield (11-2 and 17-4 overall) saw its lead shrink to a half-game over idle Waconia and just a game over Delano (10-3, 15-6).

The Dragons could be tied for the lead by the end of the weekend: Waconia (10-2 and 15-6 overall) plays tonight at Dassel-Cokato, which is 0-12 in the conference and 1-18 overall.

The Dragons play at Annandale on Tuesday.

Zach Kinny had 15 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds for the Dragons, and Zach Whitchurch finished with 14 points and Joel Madsen had 13.

Toby Hanson led Delano with 26 points.

Delano 68, Litchfield 63

Delano (10-3 15-6) 35 33 -- 68

Litchfield (11-2 17-4) 29 34 -- 63

DELANO - 21-48 FG (7-17 3-pt); 19-23 FT; 22 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Zach Checkal 11, Eric Berglund 12, Toby Hanson 26, Damon Longstreet 2, Dalton Danielson 3, Grayson Pulis 14 ... 3-point shots: Berglund 1, Hanson 5, Danielson 1 ... Rebound leaders: Pulis 7, Checkal 6 ... Assist leaders: Berglund 4 ... Steal leaders: None

LITCHFIELD - 23-51 FG (9-21 3-pt); 8-11 FT; 23 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Zach Whitchurch 14, Dylan Koll 6, Jon Terning 7, Tyler Larson 4, Zach Kinny 15, Joel Madsen 13, Riley Pater 2, Mitch Wollin 2 ... 3-point shots: Whitchurch 4, Koll 2, Kinny 1, Terning 1, Madsen 1 ... Rebound leaders: Terning 6, Kinny 5 ... Assist leaders: Kinny 8 ... Steal leaders: None

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