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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Willmar senior forward McKenzie Hastad, right, goes up for a shot attempt against New Ulm’s Hunter Ahlness in a non-conference game Tuesday at the Willmar High School gym. Willmar defeated the Eagles 58-44.

Girls basketball: Willmar downs New Ulm

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Girls basketball: Willmar downs New Ulm
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WILLMAR — Junior guard Courtney Magnuson didn’t miss all evening and the Willmar Cardinals, coming off a big win at Mankato East last weekend, subdued a very young but promising New Ulm five 58-44 on Tuesday at Willmar High School.

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Magnuson hit 7-of-7 from the field and she made all four of her free throw attempts.

Willmar (2-0) now has one practice to prepare for the Otters in Fergus Falls on Thursday. The Otters are ranked No. 1 by Minnesota Basketball News and are 2-0 after an impressive 72-51 win over St. Michael-Albertville, ranked No. 8 in the Class AAAA preseason poll.

The Cards, who took a 36-21 lead after 18 minutes, got 10 points from Kalley Fosso, 9 from Tara Rudie and 7 from Megan Rudnick. McKenzie Hastad scored 6 points and Sami Doering had 5.

The Eagles (0-4) are building for the future with their top four scorers on the Willmar floor either freshmen or sophomores. Sophomore Hunter Ahlness led the visitors with 15 points.

Willmar 58, New Ulm 44

New Ulm (0-4)    21  23 — 44

Willmar (2-0)      36  22 — 58

NEW ULM – 17-38 FG (5-11 3-pt); 5-11 FT; 18 fouls … Scoring: Meleah Reinhart 6, Taylor Bolduan 8, Nikki Dittrich 1, Bri Sieve 1, Hunter Ahlness 14, Kelsey Anderson 8, Ally Greitak 4, Liz Rummel 2 … 3-point shots: Bolduan 2, Ahlness 3

WILLMAR – 22-48 FG (4-13 3-pt); 10-20 FT; 36 rebounds; 16 fouls … Scoring: Courtney Magnuson 17, Megan Rudnick 7, Tara Rudie 9, Jordan Martins 3, McKenzie Hastad 6, Bailey Hovland 1, Kalley Fosso 10, Sami Doering 5  … 3-point shots: Rudie 2, Fosso 2 … Rebound leaders: Fosso 6, Magnuson 6, Kaitlynn Kienholz 5 … Assist leaders: Martins 4, Fosso 3, Magnuson 2 … Steal leaders: Rudnick 3, Magnuson 2, Hastad 2, Leah Ruter 2, Kienholz

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