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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar junior center Kaitlynn Kienholz secures an offensive rebound with less than 5 seconds left in the first half and scores, sending the Cardinals to the locker room trailing 32-30 on Saturday in Willmar.

Girls basketball: Willmar overtakes Scarlets

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals overcame a six-point Mankato West advantage with 7:25 left by holding the Scarlets without a score over the next 6 minutes to capture a 67-57 Section 2AAA win in a

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Saturday matinee at the Willmar gym.

Willmar knocked down 23 of 33 free throws (70 percent), had a season-low six turnovers and a 34-25 advantage in rebounds.

Junior center Kaitlynn Kienholz grabbed 7 caroms and chucked in 11 points. Courtney Magnuson had only one basket in the first half but finished with 19 points and Kalley Fosso had 13 points and 6 rebounds.

 Jordan Martins scored 10 points, sinking a 3-pointer for a 33-32 lead in the opening minute of the second half and another trifecta that broke a 51-all tie, part of a 17-0 Willmar run for a 62-51 lead with 1:20 left.

Leah Ruter (7 points) nabbed 3 of her 5 rebounds in the game’s last 3 minutes.  

Willmar (3-1 in Section 2AAA, 9-7 overall), scoring a season-high in regulation, has now won five of eight. West (2-1, 6-11), which was led by sophomore guard Lexi Schoper with 22 points, has lost four of its last five.

Willmar 67,

Mankato West 57

Mankato West (6-11)        32 25—57

Willmar (9-7)      30 37—67

MANKATO WEST – 23-54 FG (6-11 3-pt); 5-11 FT; 25 rebounds; 26 fouls … Scoring: Lexi Schoper 22, Emily Veroeven 5, Megan Svir 2, Sarah Buryska 9, Ashley Ross 6, Hannah Hastings 7, Lauren Resner 6 … 3-point shots: Schoper 3, Buryska 3

WILLMAR – 20-58 FG (4-11 3-pt); 23-33 FT; 34 rebounds; 14 fouls … Scoring: Courtney Magnuson 19, Megan Rudnick 2, Jordan Martins 3, Leah Ruter 7, Kalley Fosso 13, Lexi Orlowski 2, Kaitlynn Kienholz 11 … 3-point shots: Magnuson 1, Martins 2, Fosso 1 … Rebound leaders: C. Magnuson 4, Ruter 5, Fosso 6, Kienholz 7, Martins 3 … Assist leaders: C. Magnuson 4, Rudnick 3 … Steal leaders: C. Magnuson 4, Fosso 2

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