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Michele Hanson, left, Taylor Thompson, center, and Brianna Jacobson of New London-Spicer gang up on the defensive boards to deny Heather Peyton of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle a rebound in the first half of their West Central North Conference girls basketball game Monday at New London. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

NLS sinks LPGE

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NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer inched closer to a West Central North Conference title with a 68-34 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in girls basketball play Monday.

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The Wildcats (14-1, 22-1) are in a virtual tie for first place with Sauk Centre (12-1, 20-1). NL-Spicer has one conference game remaining, a Feb. 24 showdown at Sauk Centre. The Wildcats handed the Mainstreeters their only loss so far, a 45-35 win Jan. 20 at New London. Sauk Centre has conference games against at St. Cloud Cathedral and at Melrose in between.

The Wildcats broke away from a 12-12 first-half tie with an 18-5 run for a 30-17 halftime lead.

Justine Dammermann paced NLS with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Brianna Jacobson added 15 points and Taylor Thompsen had 12 points. Cassie Ziemer pulled down 11 rebounds.

The Thunder (7-7, 11-11) had reeled off five straight wins since losing at home to the Wildcats 59-46 on Jan. 29.

The Wildcats won their seventh straight since suffering their lone defeat to Albany on Jan. 27.

NLS 68, LPGE 34

LPGE (7-7, 11-11) 17 17 -- 34

NLS (14-1, 22-1) 30 38 -- 68

LONG PRAIRIE-GREY EAGLE - 12-52 FG (5-16 3-pt); 6-15 FT; 30 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Bethany Pelzer 4, Kali Kleinschmidt 1, Rosalie Miller 15, Brittney Kingston 4, Hailey Sprenger 8 ... 3-point shots: Sprenger 2, Miller 3 ... Rebound leaders: Miller 7 ... Assist leaders: Kleinschimdt 2, Miller 2 ... Steal leaders: not available

NEW LONDON-SPICER - 23-55 FG (8-17 3-pt); 14-22 FT; 44 rebounds; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Kelsey Cors 3, Taylor Thompsen 12, Karsee Knutson 2, Brogen Lothert 2, Justine Dammermann 17, Cassie Ziemer 2, Michele Hanson 2, Karli Wendlandt 7, Anna Lindquist 2, Abbey Knisely 4, Brianna Jacobson 15 ... 3-point shots: Cors 1, Thompsen 2, Dammermann 5 ... Rebound leaders: Ziemer 11, Wendlandt 7, Hanson 6 ... Assist leaders: Ziemer 4 ... Steal leaders: Thompsen 2, Lauren Bennewitz 2 ... Blocks: Knisely 4

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