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Girls Basketball: Benson, MACCRAY advance to tourney final

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

BENSON -- Benson and MACCRAY won first-round games Saturday at the Fibrominn Invitational and will meet in the championship game.

The tournament was postponed Friday and started Saturday. The tentative date for the final round is Dec. 18.

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The Braves beat Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 70-59 and the Wolverines topped Prairie Seeds Academy, 46-43.

Benson 70, BBE 59

Emily Auch scored 24 points to lead four Benson players in double figures. Emily Goff added 16 points and nine rebounds, Emma Peterson had 15 points and five steals, and Beth Larson contributed 11 points and five assists.

Five players scored for the Jaguars and four were in double figures. Raeann Sorenson led the way with 19 points, including both of the team's three-pointers, Maggie Gruber added 14 points and eight rebounds, Shyan Kuefler had 13 points and eight boards, and Julie Hieserich chipped in 10 points.

BBE (0-1) 20 39 -- 59

Benson (2-0) 41 29 -- 70

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - 24-52 FG (2-12 3-pt); 9-20 FT; 23 rebounds; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Julie Hieserich 10, Maggie Gruber 14, Raeann Sorenson 19, Shyan Kuefler 13, Taylor Braegelman 3 ... 3-point shots: Sorenson 2 ... Rebound leaders: Kuefler 8, Gruber 8 ... Assist leaders: Sorenson 4 ... Steal leaders: Kuefler 5

BENSON - 26-53 FG (2-7 3-pt); 16-28 FT; 32 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Emma Peterson 15, Emily Auch 24, Samantha Goff 2, Beth Larson 11, Mel Webber 2, Emily Goff 16 ... 3-point shots: Larson 2 ... Rebound leaders: E.Goff 9, S.Goff 7 ... Assist leaders: Larson 5 ... Steal leaders: Peterson 5

MACCRAY 46, Prairie Seeds 43

The Wolverines edged out the win despite shooting 23 percent (15 of 64) from the field and making only 1-of-15 three-pointers. MACCRAY did dominate the boards, pulling down 51.

Teagan Molden scored 15 points to power the Wolverines and added 11 rebounds. Abbey Thissen contributed 10 points and 11 boards, and Kailee Epema grabbed 12 rebounds.

Prairie Seeds (1-1) 23 20 -- 43

MACCRAY (2-0) 20 26 -- 46

PRAIRIE SEEDS - 17 FG (4 3-pt); 5-14 FT; rebounds not reported; 23 fouls ... Scoring: Sabrina Singer 3, Bryanna Collins 4, Niecy Hargrove 2, Monet Fuller 10, Kendall Martin 18, Iyanna Turner 6 ... 3-point shots: Singer 1, Fuller 1, Martin 2 ... Individual leaders not reported

MACCRAY - 15-64 FG (1-15 3-pt); 15-25 FT; 51 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Paige Ammermann 4, Teagan Molden 15, Hailey Goeman 3, Kailee Epema 8, Abbey Thissen 10, Christal Stavne 2, Andrea Ervin 4 ... 3-point shots: Goeman 1 ... Rebound leaders: Epema 12, Thissen 11, Molden 11 ... Assist leaders: Amy Donner 3 ... Steal leaders: Ervin 4

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