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Girls Basketball: Waska, Morris/CA win in 6AA-South

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Minnewaska held on to clip West Central South Conference rival Benson 58-53 at Glenwood and Morris/Chokio-Alberta upended Breckenridge 59-32 at Morris Thursday to open the Section 6AA-South girls basketball tournament.

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Morris/Chokio-Alberta (20-4) will play Osakis at 6 p.m. Saturday at University of Minnesota-Morris. The nightcap at 7:30 p.m. will see Minnewaska (18-7) up against either Long Prairie-Grey Eagle or West Central Area.

Morris Area/CA 59, Breckenridge 32

Nicole Gillespie netted 12 of her game-high 15 points in the second half and Stef Strobel scored all of her 13 points in the first half to help the Tigers advance.

Breckenridge (4-23) 15 17 -- 32

Morris/CA (20-4) 29 30 -- 59

BRECKENRIDGE - 12-42 FG (2-6 3-pt); 6-12 FT; 25 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Steph Erlandson 6, Whitney Conzemius 7, Justine Banken 3, Kacey Herder 3, Baylee Wilson 8, Jordan Reiff 5 ... 3-point shots: Conzemius 1, Herder 1 ... Rebound leaders: Wilson 7, Banken 5 ... Assist leaders: none ... Steal leaders: none

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 20-60 FG (4-16 3-pt); 15-22 FT; 41 rebounds; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Stef Strobel 13, Kelsey Amundson 4, Mary Rentz 6, Megan Dierks 3, Kelly Ritter 6, Nicole Gillespie 15, Jenna Nelson 1, Heather Gagner 6, Alissa Melberg 2, Erin Schieler 3 ... 3-point shots: Strobel 3, Dierks 1 ... Rebound leaders: Gillespie 10, Melberg 7 ... Assist leaders: Gagner 4 ... Steal leaders: Rentz 3, Gagner 2, Nelson 2

Waska 58, Benson 53

Minnewaska, which led by 15 at one point, got four free throws from Brittany Mensing in the final 14 seconds to seal the win. Emily Roering sparked the Lakers' attack with a game-high 24 points.

Benson got within one at 54-53 on Emily Auch's putback with 30 seconds left. Abby Fragodt had 12 points and 12 rebounds to pace Benson.

Benson (14-10) 23 30 -- 53

Minnewaska (18-7) 32 26 -- 58

BENSON - 20-47 FG (3-5 3-pt); 10-20 FT; 33 rebounds; 16 fouls ... Scoring: Kayla Hampton 4, Emily Auch 10, Julia Ahrndt 8, Taylor Semler 5, Jenny Bouta 10, Abby Fragodt 12, Mallory Jensen 3 ... 3-point shots: Ahrndt 1, Semler 1, Jensen 1 ... Rebound leaders: Fragodt 12 ... Assist leaders: Fragodt 5 ... Steal leaders: Auch 3, Hampton 3

MINNEWASKA - 23-51 FG (3-12 3-pt); 9-16 FT; 28 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Sarah Roering 5, Allie Ostrander 3, Emily Roering 24, Brittany Mensing 7, Sarah Faehnrich 9, Alicia Pfeninger 3, Cassie Jacobs 7 ... 3-point shots: Ostrander 1, Mensing 1, Faehnrich 1 ... Rebound leaders: Jacobs 8, E. Roering 7 ... Assist leaders: Mensing 7, E. Roering 4 ... Steal leaders: E. Roering 4, Jacobs 3

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