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Girls Basketball: Cards drop second straight after 15-0 start

SARTELL — The Willmar girls basketball team suffered its second consecutive defeat on Thursday night against Sartell-St. Stephen after a 15-0 start to the year.

The Cardinals struggled from the floor once again, falling 53-48 and dropping into second place in the Central Lakes Conference.

Willmar shot just 32.7 percent from the field and missed 13 of 25 free throw attempts on the night, which made the different in the contest.

Sadie Raitz had 11 points to led all Cardinals scorers. Megan Sieben and Alexis Winter did most of the damage for the Sabres, combining for 30 of the team's 53 points.

Willmar will have a chance to rebound with a Section 5AAA matchup with Zimmerman on Friday night at 6 p.m.

Sartell 53, Willmar 48

Willmar (15-2) 22 26 — 48

Sartell (10-7) 25 28 — 53

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 2, Katelyn Murphy 4, Caitlin Ogdahl 1, Sadie Raitz 11, Jordyn Swoboda 6, Madi Linbo 8, Hannah Johnson 6, Carly Wedel 8, Ashley Prahl 2 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Swoboda 1 ... Rebound leader: Raitz 7, Johnson 7 ... Assist leader: Johnson 3 ... Steal leader: Johnson 2, Wedel 2

SARTELL - Scoring: Emily Driste 5, Gretta Mahowald 4, Madalyn Schnettler 4, Courtney Deters 1, Alexis Winter 13, Emma Larson 2, Megan Sieben 17, Marissa Martins 7 ... 3-point shots: Driste 1, Winter 2, Sieben 2, Martins 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Osakis 57, Benson 41

Kaitlyn Berreau hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points but Osakis downed Benson 57-41 on Thursday night.

The Braves trailed by just four points at halftime, but the Silverstreaks pulled away over the final 18 minutes.

Madisen Johansen had a game-best 20 points for Osakis.

Grace Lee just missed out on a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds for Benson.

Benson (2-15) 22 19 — 41

Osakis (6-9) 26 31 — 57

BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 17, Abbie Mitteness 3, Courtney McNeill 10, Claire Ricard 1, Abby Lundebrek 2, Grace Lee 8 ... 3-point shots: Berreau 5 ... Rebound leader: Lee 10 ... Assist leader: Mitteness 5 ... Steal leader: Mitteness 4

OSAKIS - Scoring: Elizabeth Clasemann 3, Lauren Savageau 22, Tianna Stanek 2, Bree Timmerman 8, Madisen Johanson 20, Samantha Bray 2 ... 3-point shots: Clasemann 1, Savageau 2, Timmerman 2 ... Rebound leader: Johanson 7, Savageau 7... Assist leader: Stanek 3... Steal leader: Johanson 3, Clasemann 3

MACCRAY 58, Ortonville 56

Sage Mecker knocked down a last-second shot to give MACCRAY a comeback win over Ortonville on Thursday night.

The Wolverines trailed by seven points at halftime, but battled back to move their record to 9-10 on the year.

Sydney Schwitters had a big night for MACCRAY with 25 points and six assists, while Piper Asche posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

MACCRAY (9-10) 25 33 — 58

Ortonville (9-7) 32 24 — 56

MACCRAY - Scoring: Sydney Schwitters 25, Piper Asche 16, Ellie Thein 7, Sage Mecker 4, Olivia Ruiter 2, Danni Burns 2, J Wellnitz 2 ... 3-point shots: Asche 1 ... Rebound leader: Asche 11 ... Assist leader: Schwitters 6 ... Steal leader: Thein 5, Ruiter 3

ORTONVILLE - Scoring: M Stegner 15, J Conroy 15, T Peters 8, E Ross 8, C Vanderwal 5, S Erickson 2, A Kirchberg 2, A Plathe 1 ... 3-point shots: Stegner 1, Conroy 3, Peters 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

D-B 50, RTR 29

Dawson-Boyd had a strong defensive showing to roll to a win over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton on Thursday night.

Mary Bothun led the game with 18 points as the Blackjacks came away with the 50-29 win.

RTR scored just 14 points in the first half and 15 in the second half.

RTR (9-10) 14 15 — 29

D-B (7-11) 27 23 — 50

RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON - Scoring: Brooke Thomsen 2, Mackenzie Buchert 2, Chloe Hess 2, Shawna Thomsen 9, Jonni Biren 4, Mya Christensen 2, Jackie Dressen 8... 3-point shots: Thomsen 1 ... Rebound leader: Dressen 7, Hess 6 ... Assist leader: Biren 4 ... Steal leader: Jackie Dressen 3

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Gionna Parsa 4, Hannah Stelter 3, Morgan Johnson 3, Mary Bothun 18, Alex Sather 12, Avery Bartunek 6, Olivia Stratmoen 4 ... 3-point shots: Stelter 1, Johnson 1, Sather 1 ... Rebound leader: Bothun 10, Bartunek 7 ... Assist leader: Bartunek 8 ... Steal leader: Bartunek 4

Hancock 49, West Central 42

Hancock came away with a strong win over West Central on Thursday night.

Ashlyn Mattson had 18 points for the Owls, who erased a two-point halftime deficit.

Lexi Staples posted eight points and 10 rebounds, as well, for Hancock.

West Central (12-5) 21 21 — 42

Hancock (8-5) 19 30 — 49

WEST CENTRAL - Scoring: Ella Van Kempen 20, Briann Kreft 6, Damara Bumgardner 5, Kaylyn Ulrich 4, Hailey Bennett 3, Amanda Drechsel 2, Morgan Woodle 2 ... 3-point shots: Bumgardner 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

HANCOCK - Scoring: Ashlyn Mattson 18, Rylee Hanson 5, Haley Mattson 11, Lexi Staples 8, Tess Steiner 7 ... 3-point shots: A Mattson 2 ... Rebound leader: Staples 10, Hanson 6 ... Assist leader: Staples 2 ... Steal leader: A Mattson 5

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