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Girls basketball roundup: Tigers outrun Cardinals

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HUTCHINSON  — The Tigers had too much depth and the Cardinals offense struggled with ball security once again in suffering their first loss vs. section opponents after two wins.

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Willmar committed 25 turnovers in the 65-53 road loss to Section 2AAA confederate Hutchinson on Saturday evening.

“We played hard all game but our offense let us down,” observed head coach Dustin Carlson. “We needed to control the ball in the half court to slow the game down and weren’t able to that much of the time.”

In a close game — it was 28-26 at half — 13 players broke into the scoring column for the Tigers (3-1).

The Tigers’ fresher deployment showed in the second half when they outpointed the Cards 37-27.

Kalley Fosso with 14 points and Courtney Magnuson with 10 paced Willmar scoring.

It’s been a tough three days stint for Willmar against two quality foes, losing 53-29 to No. 1 (AAA) Fergus Falls on the road Thursday.

Willmar and Hutchinson, whose top scorer Saturday was junior guard Nicole Schrommer with 11, are now each 2-1 vs. 2AAA teams. Marshall is 3-0.

After four games in eight days (3 on road), Willmar (2-2) has just one game this week (home Tuesday vs. Brainerd) before hosting the WildCard (New London-Spicer, Albany, Minnehaha Academy) Dec. 27-28.

Hutchinson 65,

Willmar 53

Willmar (2-2).......................26  27 — 53

Hutchinson (3-1)..................28  37 — 65

WILLLMAR – 17-41 FG (3-12 3-pt); 16-25 FT; 20 rebounds; 22 fouls … Scoring: Courtney Magnuson 10, Megan Rudnick 6, Tara Rudie 2, Jordan Martins 4, McKenzie Hastad 8, Leah Ruter 7, Kalley Fosso 14, Sami Doering 2 … 3-point shots: Magnuson 2, Ruter 1 … Rebound leaders: Ruter 5, Fosso 5 … Assist leaders: Martins 4, Ruter 3, Fosso 3 … Steal leaders: Martins 4, Fosso 2

HUTCHINSON – 20-49 FG (5-13 3-pt); 20-27 FT; 17 rebounds; 23 fouls … Scoring: Tori Wortz 9, Monroe Julius 10, Nicole Schommer 11, Erica Ellegson 2, Emelia Miner 4, Madison Christie 4, Traci Schwantes 6, Hannah Max 6, Erin Corrigan 3, Alli Einck 2, Taylor Jurgenson 7, Grace Bordson 2, Abby Esser 2 … 3-point shots: T.Wortz, Monroe, Schwantes, Max, Corrigan

Canby 73, Hancock 34

Natalie Dinius led the Lancers with 16 points at Canby on Saturday. Lexi Steeges scored 10 and Karol Algarate 8 for the Owls.

Hancock (0-5) ....................17  17 — 34

Canby (4-1).........................33  40 — 73

HANCOCK – 10-37 FG (4-6 3-pt); 10-21 FT; 15 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Sabrina Mattson 2, Lexi Steege 10, Kassandra Algarate 4, Karol Algarate 8, Sami Schmidgall 4, Gabbi Nienhaus 5 … 3-point shots: Steege, Kas. Algarate, Schmidgall, Nienhaus

CANBY – 27-54 FG (4-9 3-pt); 15-22 FT; 35 rebounds; 13 fouls … Scoring: Brandi Merritt 9, Morgan Merritt 11, Sydney Sisk 6, Tara Kockelman 9, Becca Kamrath 3, Kaitlin Varcoe 2, Morgan Biessman 3, Ricki Kallhoff 6, Natalie Dinius 16, Kate Evos 8 … 3-point shots: B. Merritt, M. Merritt , Dinius 2 … Rebound leaders: Kallhof 13 … Assist leaders: M. Merritt 6

CMCS 52,

Heritage Christian 48

Alexis Scott put in 14 points and Mary Covert 13 at the Bluejays beat the Eagles on Saturday at Maple Grove.

Taylie Scott, a seventh-grade guard, led all scorers with 21 points.

CMCS (3-1).............................27 25—52

Heritage Christian (2-3)........20  28—48

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL – Scoring: Alexis Scott 14, Mary Covert 13, Wubben 10, Abby Zwart 6, Wubben 5, Erin Orred 2, Christine Mikelson 2

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN – Scoring: Taylie Scott 21, Bella Lein 11, Mikaela Lien 6, Rachel Crellin 3, Paige Berge 3, Marissa Gamache 1, Morgan Meissner 2

NLS 47, Rocori 31

With just under 4 minutes remaining in the first half Rocori owned a 21-14 lead. New London-Spicer then went on an 8-1 run to tie the score at 22-22 at intermission. The Wildcats then held Rocori (1-4) to just three field goals and a couple of free throws in the second half en route to outscoring the visitors 25-9.

Taylor Thunstedt had 23 points, 8 steals and 6 assists to ignite NLS. Megan Thorson nearly supplied a double-double with 11 rebounds and 9 points, while Ashlyn Geister added 7 rebounds and Olivia Setterberg 3 blocks.

NLS (4-0) is now off until Dec. 27 when it plays Minnehaha Academy at 4:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Wild-Card Tournament in Willmar.

Rocori (1-4)..........................22   9 — 31

NLS (4-0).............................22 25 — 47

ROCORI – 12-40 FG (2-8 3-pt); 5-13 FT; 32 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Abby Templin 9, Maggie Young 13, Kaitlyn Torborg 3, Mariah Mueller 4, Heather Buerman 2 … 3-point shots: Young 2 … Rebound leaders: Templin 8 … Assist leaders: Mueller 3 … Steal leaders: Torborg 2

NLS – 16-53 FG (3-18 3-pt); 12-18 FT; 34 rebounds; 12 fouls … Scoring: Reiley Ness 2, Taylor Thunstedt 23, Alyssa Fredrick 1, Megan Thorson 9, Brianna Fredrick 1, Ashlyn Geister 5, Olivia Setterberg 6 … 3-point shots: Thunstedt 3 … Rebound leaders: Thorson 11, Geister 7 … Assist leaders: Thunstedt 6, A. Fredrick 3 … Steal leaders: Thunstedt 8, B. Fredrick 3 … Blocks: Setterberg 3

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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