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Girls Basketball: Willmar posts another rout

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West Central Tribune
Girls Basketball: Willmar posts another rout
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

SAUK RAPIDS -- Unbeaten Willmar had 12 players score, led by Alex Lippert's 15 points, and overcame a less-than-stellar shooting performance Friday to beat Sauk Rapids 62-37 in a Central Lakes Conference girls basketball game.

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The Cardinals, who are the only unbeaten girls basketball team in the CLC, shot just 40 percent from the field -- 18 percent from three-point range -- and 54 percent from the free throw line.

"We had a chance to see a lot of kids play, but the big thing offensively was that we didn't shoot as well as we have been from the three-point arch and free throw line," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison. "We didn't put the ball in the hole."

Mariel Aamot with 11 points was the only other player to score in double figures for Willmar (2-0, 4-0). Jena Thompson turned in another solid all-around performance by grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out five assists and pocketing five steals while scoring six points.

"Defensively we did a good job, but we got sloppy near the end in the second half," added Atchison.

After Sauk Rapids (0-2, 0-4) tied the game at 9-all, Willmar ended the first half by going on a 21-6 run to seize control.

Willmar will have 10 days off before hosting CLC rival Sartell in its first home game of the season on Dec. 22.

Willmar 62, S. Rapids 37

Willmar (2-0, 4-0) 30 32 -- 62

Sauk Rapids (0-2, 0-4) 15 22 -- 37

WILLMAR - 23-57 FG (2-11 3-pt); 14-26 FT; 36 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Mariel Aamot 11, Hannah Smith 3, Addy Nelsen 1, Shantel Kelly 2, Sara Kallhoff 3, Carrie Boike 7, Megan Skalla 3, Kayli Gimse 4, Jen Knake 4, Alex Lippert 15, Jena Thompson 6, Lucinda Sweazey 3 ... 3-point shots: Aamot 1, Boike 1 ... Rebound leaders: Thompson 9, Lippert 6, Smith 5, Gimse 5 ... Assist leaders: Thompson 6 ... Steal leaders: Thompson 5, Smith 3 ... Blocks: Lippert 5

SAUK RAPIDS - 14-44 FG (1-7 3-pt); 3-11 FT; 25 rebounds; 22 fouls ... Scoring: Kari Meyer 6, Bailey Weirens 3, Rachel Wotzka 4, Hannah Neuman 4, Sarah Stiller 2, Racheal Martin 9, Cori Becker 7, Kaitlyn Brown 2 ... 3-point shots: Weirens 1 ... Rebound leaders: Weirens 5 ... Assist leaders: Martin 3 ... Steal leaders: Weirens 3

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