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Girls Basketball: Benson tops Morris/CA to take lead alone in WC South

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BENSON -- Benson took out its second-half frustrations in overtime as the Braves outlasted Morris/Chokio-Alberta 78-72 Tuesday in a West Central South Conference girls basketball game.

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Benson (7-2, 12-3), which took the conference lead alone, led 68-61 with three minutes to go in the second half, but was held scoreless the remainder of the half as the Tigers (7-3, 10-4) rallied to force overtime. Morris/CA had the ball left with 10 seconds left in regulation but missed a shot. Benson got the rebound, but then turned the ball over at the buzzer to send the game into an extra period.

Benson got up quick and never looked back in overtime, limiting Morris to one field goal and two free throws in the four-minute extra session.

Julia Ahrndt drained five 3-pointers en route to netting a game-high 23 points for Benson. Abby Fragodt added 20 points and 18 rebounds and Emily Auch pumped in 14 more points.

Mary Rentz had 20 points and Jenna Nelson followed with 16 to pace the Tigers.

Benson 78, Morris/CA 72

Morris/CA (7-3, 10-4) 35 33 4 -- 72

Benson (7-2, 12-3) 41 27 10 -- 78

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 26-63 FG (5-16 3-pt); 15-25 FT; 34 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Mary Rentz 20, Sarah Kuhn 4, Nicole Gillespie 8, Jenna Nelson 16, Hannah Sayles 6, Kelsey Greenwaldt 7, Erica Domnick 4, Erin Schieler 7 ... 3-point shots: Rentz 1, Nelson 2, Sayles 2 ... Rebound leaders: Gillespie 6 ... Assist leaders: Nelson 5 ... Steal leaders: none

BENSON - 30-72 FG (7-18 3-pt); 8-14 FT; 37 rebounds; 18 fouls ... Scoring: Emma Peterson 5, Kayla Hampton 7, Emily Auch 14, Julia Ahrndt 23, Beth Larson 5, Taylor Semler 4, Abby Fragodt 20 ... 3-point shots: Peterson 1, Larson 1, Ahrndt 5 ... Rebound leaders: Fragodt 18, Hampton 8 ... Assist leaders: Hampton 5, Auch 5 ... Steal leaders: Hampton 3, Auch 3

Montevideo 59, LQPV 58

Montevideo held an 18-point lead in the second half, but the Eagles whittled it away to four before Mackenzie Clark hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer for the final score.

Brooke Tastad scored 13 of her 23 points in the second half to lead the Thunder Hawks. Shelby Monahan followed with 15 points, all on three-pointers. Beka Schwendemann added 11 points.

Micaela Erickson scored a career-high 39 points and sank seven 3-pointers to pace LQPV. She had 21 points in the second half.

LQPV (5-4, 6-8) 25 33 -- 58

Montevideo (4-5, 6-7) 27 32 -- 59

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - 20 FG (8 3-pt); 8-13 FT; 31 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Micaela Erickson 39, Amanda Broin 1, Jen Kack 6, Mackenzie Clark 3, Kiona DuFrane 3, Becky Grube 2, Kacey Struxness 4 ... 3-point shots: Erickson 7, Clark 1 ... Rebound leaders: Erickson 7, Struxness 7 ... Assist leaders: Struxness 7 ... Steal leaders: Erickson 5

MONTEVIDEO - 22-49 FG (7-13 3-pt); 6-14 FT; 24 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Ashley Rodeberg 2, Nichole Strei 1, Brooke Tastad 23, Shelby Monahan 15, Beka Schwendemann 11, Karrissa Larson 7 ... 3-point shots: Tastad 2, Monahan 5 ... Rebound leaders: Larson 5 ... Assist leaders: Larson 6, Schwendemann 5 ... Steal leaders: Tastad 6, Larson 4

BOLD 56, Paynesville 42

Brittany Dahlk scored 18 points to led the Warriors. Brittany Nissen and Molly Herdina added nine points each, with Herdina making three 3-pointers.

Andrea Schlangen and Brooke Wuertz recorded 12 points each for the Bulldogs, who are still searching for their first conference win.

BOLD (3-7, 5-10) 24 32 -- 56

Paynesville (0-8, 1-13) 23 19 -- 42

BOLD - 22 FG (4 3-pt); 8-14 FT; rebounds not available; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Carly Sigurdson 8, Brittany Nissen 9, Molly Herdina 9, Brenna Holwerda 4, Nikki Neisen 3, Steph Novotny 5, Brittany Dahlk 18 ... 3-point shots: Nissen 1, Herdina 3 ... Rebound, assist, steal leaders not available.

PAYNESVILLE - 16 FG (1 3-pt); 9-13 FT; 23 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Erika Schlangen 8, Andrea Schlangen 12, Brooke Wuertz 12, Dena Hegg 3, Jordan Spaulding 3, Jessica Jimenez 2, Jessica Solum 2 ... 3-point shots: Wuertz 1 ... Rebound leaders: E.Schlangen 5, Solum 5 ... Assist leaders: E.Schlangen 4 ... Steal leaders: not available

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