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Wilmar's Jena Thompson, left, battles for possession with Worthington's Kaitlin Gerber in the first half Thursday in Mankato. Looking on is Willmar's Kelsey Evans. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar's state bid falls short


MANKATO -- It turns out that Worthington can also play defense.

The high-scoring Trojans eased by Willmar 54-31 Thursday to return to the Class AAA state tournament for the second time in three years.

The game was a rematch of last year's semifinal at Bresnan Arena at the Taylor Center on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. That game was an 18-point win for the Trojans, 77-53.

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