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Angie Euerle, right, of Litchfield looks for an open teammate while being guarded by Janine Atkinson of Zimmerman during their game Thursday at Litchfield. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

Girls Basketball: Litchfield fends off Zimmerman

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Girls Basketball: Litchfield fends off Zimmerman
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LITCHFIELD -- After squandering a double-digit lead in the first half, Litchfield, behind 17 points apiece from Jamie Wollin and Courtney Euerle, rallied past Zimmerman 58-49 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Section 5AA-North girls basketball tournament.

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The No. 3-seed Dragons (18-9) owned a 24-11 lead in the first half, but the No. 6 Thunder (6-21) closed out the half by going on a 18-4 run to go into halftime with a 29-28 lead.

The two played evenly in the second half before Lizzie Johnson drained a three-pointer -- her only points of the game -- to put Litchfield up 52-46 with 1:30 left. The Dragons then made six free throws to seal the win.

Litchfield will face No. 2 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Saturday at 8 p.m. in the sub-section semifinals at Dassel-Cokato High School.

Euerle also grabbed 14 rebounds while Wollin piled up six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Litchfield 58, Zimmerman 49

Zimmerman (6-21) 29 20 -- 49

Litchfield (18-9) 28 30 -- 58

ZIMMERMAN - 21-66 FG (0-11 3-pt); 7-16 FT; 31 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Janine Atkinson 22, Hannah Fordahl 9, Candace Berens 6, Brooke Inman 4, Ashley Diegnau 3, Jillian Kloppe 2, Jessica Riggs 2, Valerie Belanger 1 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leaders: Riggs 8 ... Assist leaders: none ... Steal leaders: Inman 3

LITCHFIELD - 22-60 FG (1-9 3-pt); 13-22 FT; 36 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Courtney Euerle 17, Jamie Wollin 17, Kayla Sommerfeld 10, Angie Euerle 9, Lizzie Johnson 3, Shelbie Walsh 2 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 1 ... Rebound leaders: C. Euerle 14, A. Euerle 8, Wollin 6 ... Assist leaders: Wollin 6 ... Steal leaders: Wollin 5, C. Euerle 3

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