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Willmar's Shantel Kelly, center, drives for two first-half points against Rachel West, left, and Natalie Stevens of Minnehaha Academy Thursday at New London. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Girls Basketball: Willmar turns back Minnehaha for third place

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NEW LONDON -- Shantel Kelly scored eight straight points to start the second half, igniting Willmar's comeback win over short-handed Minnehaha Academy 51-46 in the third-place game of the West Central Tribune WildCard tournament on Thursday.


Willmar finished 1-1 at the tournament after bowing to Bloomington Kennedy on Wednesday.

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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. 

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