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Willmar's Jena Thompson, left, looks for a shot against Sartell center Andrea Whitney in the first half in the Cardinals' home opener on Tuesday night. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar not sharp, but still stays unbeaten

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WILLMAR -- School was dismissed for the holidays at mid-afternoon and much of the time it looked like the Willmar girls basketball team already was on vacation Tuesday night.

Despite a sputtering offense, the Cardinals picked up their fifth win without a loss by holding off Sartell 52-44 in a Central Lakes Conference game.

The home debut was marked by turnovers and fouls and plenty of scrappy play.

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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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