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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar point guard Jordan Martins busts through a Mankato East trap by Abby Connell, left, and Claire Ziegler on Tuesday in Willmar.

Girls basketball: Turnovers, cold shooting lead to Cardinal defeat

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WILLMAR —No. 7-rated Mankato East showed it is one of the teams to beat in Section 2AAA on Tuesday while rolling over Willmar 51-37 in girls basketball.


Both teams took 57 shots but the Cougars (13-3) made 23 to Willmar’s 16.

Willmar’s 28 percent shooting and a 24-8 disadvantage in turnovers spelled the difference.  

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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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