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New London-Spicer's Cassie Ziemer, left, and Karli Wendlandt, second from right, battle for a rebound with Willmar's Jena Thompson in the first half of the WildCard championship Tuesday at New London. At right is Brianna Jacobson of NLS. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

NLS grabs title back


NEW LONDON -- Tough defense and a lot of rebounding usually equates to a victory.

It was the formula for success that New London-Spicer created in beating Willmar 47-32 for the West Central Tribune WildCard girls basketball title Tuesday.

New London-Spicer, which won the crown in 2006, regains the title after losing to Willmar last season.

Points were a premium commodity at the NLS High School gym with two teams well-known for their intensity without the ball.

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