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Lippert powers Willmar past Little Falls

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

LITTLE FALLS -- Willmar snapped its two-game skid in a big way as the Cardinals grounded the Little Falls Flyers 78-32 in a Central Lakes Conference girls basketball game Thursday.

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"It was a good bounce-back game after two tough losses," Willmar coach Brad Atchison said.

Alex Lippert sparked the drubbing for Willmar (6-1, 11-2) by netting 19 of her game-high 23 points in the first half. Willmar put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run after Little Falls (2-5, 4-8) got within two at 6-4. A 13-0 run later in the half stretched the Cardinals' lead to 40-16.

"We came out offensively and set the tone early in getting the ball into Lippert," Atchison said. "A lot of the credit goes to our kids. We had an advantage inside and they got the ball to her.

The Cardinals made 24 field goals in the first half while the Flyers made just four. Little Falls got the majority of its first-half points from the free-throw line going 13-for-16.

Lippert corralled 13 rebounds for a double-double. She also blocked five shots. Jena Thompson and Sara Kallhoff added nine points each.

Whitney Weisz paced the Flyers with 13 points.

Willmar 78, Little Falls 32

Willmar (6-1, 11-2) 53 25 -- 78

Little Falls (2-5, 4-8) 22 10 -- 32

WILLMAR - 33-60 FG (0-4 3-pt); 12-16 FT; 37 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Mariel Aamot 6, Lucinda Sweazey 3, Hannah Smith 3, Shantel Kelly 5, Sara Kallhoff 9, Carrie Boike 6, Kayli Gimse 8, Laura Swartz 2, Jen Knake 4, Alex Lippert 23, Jena Thompson 9 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leaders: Lippert 13, Thompson 7 ... Assist leaders: Smith 4, Thompson 4, Boike 3 ... Steal leaders: Smith 3, Kallhoff 3, Gimse 3, Sweazey 3 ... Blocks: Lippert 5

LITTLE FALLS - 7-44 FG (1-19 3-pt); 17-20 FT; 20 rebounds; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Raina Rodewald 2, Paige Beseman 11, Megan Voss 4, Makayla Jorgensen 2, Whitney Weisz 13 ... 3-point shots: Weisz 1 ... Rebound leaders: Courtney Messinger 6, Weisz 5 ... Assist leaders: Katitlyn Emerson 3, Beseman 3 ... Steal leaders: none

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