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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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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. 

(320) 214-4334
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