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Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg guard Maddi Strandberg, left, drives to the basket as Benson’s Gracie Grussing defends during the first half of a non-conference game Monday in Kerkhoven.
Tribune photo by Tom Larson Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg guard Maddi Strandberg, left, drives to the basket as Benson’s Gracie Grussing defends during the first half of a non-conference game Monday in Kerkhoven.

Girls basketball: Fighting Saints take out Benson

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KERKHOVEN — Kalli Forsell had 16 points and Maddi Strandberg followed with 15 Monday to help Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg keep Benson winless on the season as the Fighting Saints posted a 44-37 non-conference win.

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KMS (6-13) led 21-18 at halftime, but Benson (0-20) did go ahead for a brief period in the second half. The Fighting Saints answered by getting some free throws and some key defensive stops to pull ahead and stay in front for good.

Ali Krieger pulled down a game-high 6 rebounds for KMS while Strandberg also supplied 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists. Katie Wilts added 4 steals.

Taylor Laumeyer and Krista Motzko netted 10 points each for Benson. Laumeyer and Cyra Carlson both had 5 boards while Carlson handed out 3 assists.

KMS hosts MACCRAY and Benson travels to Osakis today.

KMS 44, Benson 37

Benson (0-20)     18 19 — 37

KMS (6-13)          21 23 — 44

BENSON – 15-42 FG (4-11 3-pt); 3-8 FT; 27 rebounds; 14 fouls … Scoring: Megan Amundson 3, Taylor Laumeyer 10, Jessica Goff 2, Krista Motzko 10, Addie Forbord 2, Hannah Ricard 6, Cyra Carlson 4 … 3-point shots: Amundson 1, Motzko 1, Laumeyer 2 … Rebound leaders: Laumeyer 5, Carlson 5 … Assist leaders: Carlson 3 … Steal leaders: none

KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG – 17-48 FG (1-11 3-pt); 9-15 FT; 23 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Aubrey Akerson 5, Ali Krieger 2, Maddi Strandberg 15, Katie Wilts 2, Kalli Forsell 16, Ali Miller 4 … 3-point shots: Akerson 1 … Rebound leaders: Krieger 6, Strandberg 5 … Assist leaders: Strandberg 3 … Steal leaders: Strandberg 5, Wilts 4

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