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Girls Basketball: KMS slips past YME

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CLARKFIELD -- Esther Peterson's two free throws iced a 54-51 win for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg over Yellow Medicine East Tuesday.

The Fighting Saints (6-3) had a 10-point lead in the second half, but the Sting (6-3) rallied to tie the game with under a minute left.

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YME had plenty of opportunities, but made only 8-of-19 shots from the free-throw line.

Peterson scored 14 points and had seven rebounds for KMS. Kim Stassen added 10 points.

Audrey Formo's double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds led YME. Michelle Preuss also had 12 points.

KMS 54, YME 51

KMS (6-3) 18 36 -- 54

YME (6-3) 19 32 -- 51

KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - 20-42 FG (1-3 3 pt); 13-20 FT; 34 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Kari Henry 2, Sarah Laughlin 1, Laura Zimmer 2, Esther Peterson 14, Sarah Carlson 6, Kim Stassen 10, Spencer Berget 5, Dorthy Saulsbury 4, Patina Queenan 6, Steph Stassen 4 ... 3-point shots: Queenan 1 ... Rebound leader: Peterson 7 ... Assist leader: Peterson 3 ... Steal leader: Henry 2, Berget 2, Carlson 2, Queenan 2

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - 21-48 FG (1-8 3 pt); 8-19 FT; 32 rebounds; 18 fouls ... Scoring: Emily Balfany 2, Kristen Hegna 9, Michelle Preuss 12, Audrey Formo 12, Sarah Cross 2, Emma Volstad 6, Kristina Kietzman 8 ... 3-point shots: Hegna 1 ... Rebound leader: Formo 10, Volstad 6 ... Assist leader: Hegna 4 ... Steal leader: Hegna 5, Formo 4

Champlin Park 62, Litchfield 56

The Rebels and Dragons matched up in an untempo, entertaining non-conference game. Champlin Park's edge on the boards was the difference (42-31) along with Litchfield's sour free throw shooting (10 for 25).

Becky Smith had 15 points and Emily Davis 13 for Litchfield. Brittany Euerle supplied eight points and five assists.

Champlin Park, one of the largest Class AAAA schools in the state, was paced by Mindy Schmidt with 17 points and Natalie Gigler with 16.

Champlin Park (7-2) 29 33 -- 62

Litchfield (6-2) 26 30 -- 56

CHAMPLIN PARK - 29-62 FG (1-4 3 pt); 3-11 FT; 42 rebounds; 23 fouls ... Scoring: Mindy Schmidt 17, Natalie Gigler 16, Ashlynn Fuller 13, Melissa Anderson 10, Michelle Burns 2, Carlee Charboneau 2, Brianna Szabla 2 ... 3-point shots: Schmidt... Rebound leader: Fuller 10 ... Assist leader: Szabla 3, Schmidt 3... Steal leader: Anderson 3, Charboneau 3

LITCHFIELD - 21-58 FG (4-16 32 pt); 10-25 FT; 31 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Becky Smith 15, Emily Davis 13, Brittany Euerle 8, Natalie Devine 6, Jill Warren 5, Emalee Smith 4, Sara Kalenberg 4 ... 3-point shots: Davis, Euerle, Warren, B. Smith ... Rebound leader: B. Smith 7, Davis 5, Devine 5 ... Assist leader: Euerle 5, Warren 3 ... Steal leader: B. Smith 3, Euerle 3

MACCRAY 37, Morris 27

After being held to just three points in the first half, Hilary Groothuis erupted for 13 in the final 18 minutes to rally MACCRAY (8-2) past Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (1-6). The Tigers owned a 15-14 lead at halftime.

Groothuis also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds as the Wolverines shot only 36 percent (15-for-42) from the field.

Jasmine Henrich hooked 12 rebounds while leading a balanced scoring attack for the Tigers with eight points.

MACCRAY (8-2) 14 23 -- 37

Morris/CA (1-6) 15 12 -- 27

MACCRAY - 15-42 FG (1-3 3 pt); 6-13 FT; 33 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Brandy Woodring 5, Christine Condon 6, Danielle Goeman 5, Ashley Beseman 2, Hilary Groothuis 16, Amanda Bonnema 2, Kari Caspers 1 ... 3-point shots: Woodring 1 ... Rebound leader: Groothuis 15 ... Assist leader: not available ... Steal leader: Condon 3

MORRIS AREA/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 10-52 FG (0-8 3 pt); 7-18 FT; 40 rebounds; 14 Fouls ... Scoring: Ashley Dohlen 7, Jodee Dittbenner 2, Brittany Nelson 7, Courtney Johnson 2, Kelsey Draper 1, Jasmine Henrich 8 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leader: Henrich 12, Dittbenner 8 ... Assist leader: Nelson 3 ... Steal leader: Nelson 4, Henrich 4

BOLD 75, BLH 31

BOLD (3-6) exploded for 48 points in the second half and put up 88 shots from the field.

Megan Novotny and Leah Miller scored 13 points each to lead the Warriors. Miller pulled down 10 rebounds to complete a double-double. Breanna Keltgen sank four 3-pointers and had 12 points. Kelsey Jacobs recorded six steals.

Leah Ashburn led the Mustangs (2-6) with 19 points and 16 boards. Alyssa Kubesh added five blocked shots.

BL-Hector (2-6) 13 18 -- 31

BOLD (3-6) 27 48 -- 75

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR - 14-57 FG (0-7 3 pt); 3-8 FT; 36 rebounds; 11 fouls ... Scoring: Leah Ashburn 19, Allie Benson 4, Karissa Scharmer 2, Alyssa Kubesh 6 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leader: Ashburn 16 ... Assist leader: Bobbi Jo Deal 3 ... Steal leader: Ashburn 3 ... Blocks: Kubesh 5

BOLD - 30-88 FG (6-9 3 pt); 9-14 FT; 37 rebounds; 14 fouls ... Scoring: Kari Jo Hebrink 2, Breanna Keltgen 12, Allison Agre 6, Melissa Benson 8, Jackie Wertish 2, Kory Plumley 6, Brittany Stadther 3, Leah Miller 13, Kelsey Jacobs 6, Kaylene Lundstrum 2, Megan Novotny 13, Allison Marcus 2 ... 3-point shots: Keltgen 4, Benson 2 ... Rebound leader: Miller 10, Novotny 8 ... Assist leader: Benson 2, Miller 2, Agre 2 ... Steal leader: Jacobs 6

NL-S 30, Alexandria 27

Jenn Wendlandt and Cassidy Vogt combined for three free throws in the last minute to give the Wildcats (9-2) their winning margin.

NLS was cold from field, shooting 25 percent (8 for 32), but made 13 of 21 from the line to make up for it.

Renae Henjum scored 15 points and recorded seve rebounds to lead the Wildcats.

Alexandria (0-9) 15 12 -- 27

NL-Spicer (9-2) 16 14 -- 30

ALEXANDRIA - 11-36 FG (2-9 3 pt); 3-3 FT; 22 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Katie Hedine 6, MacKenzie West 2, Amanda Otterness 6, Laura Strand 2, Caitlin Dunn 6, Sarah Wyffels 5 ... 3-point shots: Ottherness 2 ... Rebound, assist, steal leaders not available

NEW LONDON-SPICER - 8-32 FG (1-13 3 pt); 13-21 FT; 18 rebounds; 6 fouls ... Scoring: Amber Wohnoutka 1, Ellary Asche 1, Renae Henjum 15, Cassidy Vogt 4, Jenn Wendlandt 9 ... 3-point shots: Vogt 1 ... Rebound leader: Henjum 7, Vogt 4, Wendlandt 4 ... Assist leader: Vogt 3 ... Steal leader: Asche 5, Kelsey Cors 4, Henjum 4

Camden North

Canby 60, RCW 58

Canby earned its first win of the season after Kristine Merrill made two free throws with nine seconds left.

Megan Groen scored 18 points to pace the Jaguars (1-3, 6-4), followed by Sally Smith with 13. Chloe Huisman had 13 rebounds.

RCW (1-3, 6-4) 28 30 -- 58

Canby (1-3, 1-5) 30 30 -- 60

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - 24-71 FG (4-8 3 pt); 6-13 FT; 38 rebounds; 20 fouls ... Scoring: Jessie Knutson 2, Sally Smith 13, Megan Groen 18, Jen Hamre 6, Kayla Eekhoff 3, Lizzie Ellingson 4, Kortney Mulder 2, Chloe Huisman 6 ... 3-point shots: Hamre 2, Smith 1, Groen 1 ... Rebound leader: Huisman 13 ... Assist leader: none ... Steal leader: none

CANBY - 22 FG (3 3 pt); 15-25 FT; rebounds not available; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Sara Fales 2, Amanda Deslauriers 15, Jana Merritt 5, Natalie Giese 22, Kristine Merrill 9, Johanna Schmitz 7 ... 3-point shots: Deslauriers 3 ... Rebound, assist, steal leaders not available

Pheasant

Hancock 71, Wheaton/HN 40

Tara Thielke had 16 points, Jenny Noordmans 14 and Karissa Thiel 12 to ignite Hancock (2-1, 5-5).

Thielke also piled up eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Owls, who jumped out to a 36-15 lead at halftime. Noordmans also grabbed eight rebounds.

Hancock (2-1, 5-5) 36 35 -- 71

Wheaton/HN 15 25 -- 40

HANCOCK - 23-58 FG (5-24 3 pt); 20-27 FT; 39 rebounds; 9 fouls ... Scoring: Tara Thielke 16, Jenny Noordmans 14, Karissa Thiel 12, Bree Holleman 9, Stacie Cunningham 9, Kelsey Maloney 5, Sara Olson 3, Chelsea Voorhees 2, Lindsey Cunningham 1 ... 3-point shots: Olson 1, Cunningham 1, Holleman 1, Thiel 1, Thielke 1 ... Rebound leader: Noordmans 8, Thielke 8 ... Assist leader: Thielke 7, Thiel 5 ... Steal leader: Thielke 5, S. Cunningham 3

WHEATON/HERMAN-NORCROSS - 18 FG (2 3 pt); 2-8 FT; 21 fouls ... Scoring: Claire Larson 8, Sarah Hoppe 6, Rhonda Nelk 8, Sierra Gray 6, Sonya Plautz 5, Melanie Pohl 4, Jess Shekelton 3 ... 3-point shots: Gray 2 ... Rebound, assist and steal leaders not available

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