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Girls Basketball: Ashburn lifts BLH past Sleepy Eye in 2A-North playoff; RCW advances

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HECTOR -- Buffalo Lake-Hector beat Sleepy Eye for the third time this season, which kept the Mustangs' postseason alive with a 51-45 win in their Section 2A-North girls basketball opener Thursday.

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BLH (6-19) held a 25-23 edge at halftime.

Leah Ashburn posted a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Mustangs, who will play at No. 1-seed Cedar Mountain Tuesday.

Alyssa Kubesh added 11 points.

BL-Hector 51, Sleepy Eye 45

Sleepy Eye 23 22 -- 45

BL-Hector (6-19) 25 26 -- 51

SLEEPY EYE - 19-51 FG (2-7 3 pt); 5-7 FT; 23 rebounds; 18 fouls ... Scoring: Sam Widmer 22, Kaylie Hogue 8, Alison Mason 7 ... 3-point shots, rebound, assist and steal leaders not available

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR - 21-46 FG (3-9 3 pt); 6-16 FT; 32 rebounds; 10 fouls ... Scoring: Leah Ashburn 29, Bobbi Jo Deal 2, Alison Benson 8, Karissa Scharmer 1, Alyssa Kubesh 11 ... 3-point shots: Ashburn 1, Kubesh 2 ... Rebound leader: Ashburn 11 ... Assist leader: Kubesh 3 ... Steal leader: Ashburn 3

RCW 68, Lake Benton 38

The Jaguars (12-11) held Lake Benton to 12 first-half points en route to winning their postseason opener.

RCW had 11 players score at least two points, led by Lizzy Ellingson with 10 points. She also grabbed six rebounds.

The Jaguars have been without leading scorer Megan Groen the past two games because of an illness.

Lake Benton 12 26 -- 38

RCW (12-11) 45 23 -- 68

LAKE BENTON - 10 FG (1 3 pt); 15-27 FT; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Nikki Linneman 6, Molly Shepherd 3, Briana Dohaun 1, Allison Bach 2, Brittany Carpenter 8, Evelina Vayrynen 1, Brittany Schindler 8, Jennifer McConnell 9 ... 3-point shots: McConnel ... Rebound leader: Schindler 6, Dohaun 7 ... Assist leader: Schindler 2 ... Steal leader: Shepherd 3

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - 30-64 FG (4-6 3 pt); 4-16 FT; 32 rebounds; 23 fouls ... Scoring: Megan Clemenson 3, Jessi Knutson 9, Sally Smith 8, Laura Hamre 2, Jen Hamre 6, Lizzy Ellingson 10, Kortney Mulder 6, Brooke Freiborg 6, Kelsey Prahl 8, Chloe Huisman 8, Kelsey Brink 2 ... 3-point shots: Clemenson 1, Smith 1, J. Hamre 2 ... Rebound leader: Ellingson 6 ... Assist leader: Freiborg 4 ... Steal leader: Elllingson 5

Canby 70, CMCS 47

Abby Tebben scored 18 points to lead the Bluejays (1-20). Elizabeth Bulthuis added nine points and nine rebounds. Jennifer Blom dished out seven assists.

Natalie Giese paced the Lancers (8-15) with 15 points. Johanna Schmitz added 12 points and 10 boards.

CMCS (1-20) 25 22 -- 47

Canby (8-15) 39 31 -- 70

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - 17-43 FG (0-1 3 pt); 13-25 FT; 31 rebounds; 23 fouls ... Scoring: Jennifer Blom 8, Tara Frikke 4, Ali Slagter 6, Elizabeth Bulthuis 9, Greta Evink 1, Briana Wubben 1, Abby Tebben 18 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leader: Bulthuis 9, Tebben 6 ... Assist leader: Blom 7 ... Steal leader: Bulthuis 3

CANBY - 26-59 FG (1-7 3 pt); 13-22 FT; 33 rebounds; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Sara Fales 5, Amanda Deslauriers 8, Kate Peterson 1, Terra Goplen 7, Jana Merritt 8, Kalie Beukelman 3, Natalie Giese 15, Kristine Merrill 9, Shanda Kirkeide 2, Johanna Schmitz 12 ... 3-point shots: Goplen 1 ... Rebound leader: Schmitz 10 ... Assist leader: Deslauriers 6, Merritt 6 ... Steal leader: Deslauriers 6

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