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Girls Basketball: Albany clubs Willmar to remain unbeaten

Willmar junior guard Courtney Magnuson, left, drives to the basket against Albany’s Erin Navratil during the first half of the West Central Tribune Wild-Card Tournament’s second game Friday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

WILLMAR — The Albany Huskies took a 28-23 lead by halftime and then buried the Willmar Cardinals in the second half for a 62-37 victory in the semifinals of the 22nd annual Wild-Card Tournament, sponsored by the West Central Tribune.

The Huskies improved to 6-0 and will meet New London-Spicer, another undefeated after shading Minnehaha Academy 50-46 in the first game, Saturday at 7:45 p.m. in the championship game.

Junior forward Emily Schoenberg and Amazih Eickhoff, a senior guard, were top scorers for the winners with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Willmar made a nice run at the Huskies in the first half behind Kalley Fosso who would finish with 14 points. But overall Willmar shot just 27 percent (15 of 56), not good enough to stay close to the crisply executed Huskie offense.

Willmar (3-3) takes on Minnehaha Academy (5-2) today at 6 p.m. in the third-place game.

Freshman Erin Navratil added 8 points for Albany. Courtney Magnuson and Megan Rudnick each scored 6 points for Willmar and Leah Ruter five.  

Albany 62, Willmar 37

Albany (6-0)       28 34 — 62

Willmar (3-3)      23 14 — 37

ALBANY – 22-59 FG (3-14 3-pt); 15-22 FT; 35 rebounds; 15 fouls … Scoring: Emily Schoenberg 14, Amazih Eickhoff 13, Taylor Young 2, Abby Silvers 5, Vanessa Spohn 7, Sidney Schiffler 4, Kayla Reber 6, Erin Navratil 8, Elizabeth DeGeest 1, Rilei Larsen 2 … 3-point shots: Schoenberg 2, Spohn 1

WILLMAR – 15-56 FG (3-22 3-pt); 4-10 FT; 31 rebounds; 18 fouls … Scoring: Courtney Magnuson 6, Megan Rudnick 6, McKenzie Hastad 4, Leah Ruter 5, Kalley Fosso 14, Kaitlynn Kienholz 2… 3-point shots: Ruter 1, Fosso 2… Rebound leaders: Magnuson 6, Rudnick 5, Jordan Martins 7 … Assist leaders: Magnuson 5, Martins 3 … Steal leaders: Martins 3

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