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Girls Basketball: Willmar opens season with victory

Willmar's Cayle Hovland carries the ball up the court in Friday's season-opener against Sartell at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 7
Willmar's Cayle Hovland shoots over Sartell's Marissa Martins in Friday's season opener at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 7
Willmar's Hannah Johnson dribbles between her legs during Friday's season opener against Sartell at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 7
Willmar's Madi Linbo tangles with Sartell's Marissa Martins during Friday's season opener at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 7
Willmar's Hannah Johnson dribbles behind her back to get past Sartell defender Megan Sieben in the back court during Friday's game at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune5 / 7
Willmar's Madi Linbo dribbles through a trio of Sartell defenders in Friday's season-opener at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune6 / 7
Willmar's Carly Wedel shoots in Friday's season-opener against Sartell at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune7 / 7

WILLMAR — The Willmar girls basketball team got its first Central Lakes Conference win of the 2017-18 season with a 46-41 victory over Sartell in both teams' season-opener on Friday night at Willmar High School.

Cayle Hovland led the Cardinals with 13 points and Madi Linbo and Abby Berskow both scored 10 points.

Hovland had five rebounds and Carly Wedel led the team with six boards.

The Cardinals go for win No. 2 at Dassel-Cokato at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Willmar 46, Sartell 41

Sartell (1-1) 22 19 — 41

Willmar (1-0) 22 24 — 44

SARTELL - Scoring: DeMaine 9, Driste 3, Mahowald 2, Deters 2, Winter 6, Sieben 9, Martin 8 ... 3-point shots: DeMaine 2, Driste 1, Winter 2, Sieben 1, Martin 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 10, Carly Magnuson 2, Sadie Raitz 4, Jordyn Swoboda 1, Madi Linbo 10, Hannah Johnson 2, Cayle Hovland 13, Carly Wedel 4 ... 3-point shots: Berskow 1, Linbo 2 ... Rebound leader: Wedel 6, Hovland 5 ... Assist leader: Magnuson 3, Johnson 2 ... Steal leader: Caitlin Ogdahl 3, Johnson 2

West Central Area 53, MACCRAY 38

West Central Area held an early two point lead at halftime and ran away in the second half to hand MACCRAY its first loss of the season at the Benson Case IH Tournament.

The Wolverines will move on to play Benson in the third-place game Saturday.

Piper Asche led the Wolverines with 17 points, tied with West Central Area's Ella Van Kempen.

WCA (2-0) 24 29 — 53

MACCRAY (1-1) 22 16 — 38

WEST CENTRAL AREA - Scoring: Ella Van Kempen 17, Lexi Bright 9, Brianna Kreft 8, Hailey Bennett 7, Demara Bumgardner 6, Izzy Wittbrodt 4 ... 3-point shots: Van Kempen 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

MACCRAY - Scoring: Piper Asche 17, Sydney Schwitters 9, Ellie Thein 6, Olivia Ruiter 2, Kate Hultgren 2, Annie Dykema 2 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leader: Thein 5, Asche 4 ... Assist leader: Schwitters 5, Thein 4 ... Steal leader: Schwitters 4, Thein 3

Morris/CA 50, Benson 43

Benson led at halftime but couldn't hold off a late run from Morris/Chokio-Alberta in a 50-43 victory for the Tigers.

The Tigers will move on to face West Central Area in the Benson Case IH Championship on Saturday.

Malory Anderson was a force, scoring 17 points and pulling in 11 rebounds for Morris/CA. She also added three steals, tied with Jenna Howden.

The Braves used a two-headed attack with Kaitlyn Berreau and Claire Ricard who each scored 15 points.

Morris/CA (2-0) 20 30 — 50

Benson (0-2) 23 20 — 43

MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Maddie Carrington 12, Jordann Baier 4, Riley Decker 5, Liz Dietz 4, Jenna Howden 6, Malory Anderson 17, Carly Wohler 2 ... 3-point shots: Carrington 4, Dietz 1 ... Rebound leader: Anderson 11, Howden 9, Dietz 7 ... Assist leader: Jennifer Solvie 2, Dietz 2, Decker 2 ... Steal leader: Anderson 3, Howden 3, Carrington 3

BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 15, Abbie Mitteness 2, Courtney McNeill 2, Claire Ricard 15, Grace Lee 9 ... 3-point shots: Berreau 1 ... Rebound leader: Lee 13, Ricard 8 ... Assist leader: Ricard 3, McNeill 3 ... Steal leader: Berreau 2, Mitteness 2, Hannah Andrews 2

Minnewaska 44, Melrose 29

Minnewaska's defense appeared to be in midseason form, holding Melrose to only 29 points in Friday's victory.

Ellie Danielson helped guide the Lakers with 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Maddie Thorfinnson also reached double digits with 10 points and three steals.

Melrose (0-2) 14 15 — 29

Minnewsaka (1-1) 20 24 — 44

MELROSE - Stats not provided

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Maddie Thorfinnson 10, Kendra Kuczek 4, Hannah Hoffmann 2, Emma Thorfinnson 5, Rachel Erickson 9, Ellie Danielson 14 ... 3-point shots: M Thorfinnson 1, E Thorfinnson 1, Erickson 3 ... Rebound leader: Danielson 8, Alexis Piekarski 7, E Thorfinnson 5 ... Assist leader: M Thorfinnson 2, E Thorfinnson 2 ... Steal leader: Danielson 4, M Thorfinnson 3

LQPV 55, KMS 48

Kelsea Lund scored 22 points and had five steals to lead Lac qui Parle Valley to a Camden Conference win on Friday at LQPV High School.

Lund hit six 3-point shots and Lindsey Kranz had 14 points and eight rebounds.Grace Hegland has eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

KMS' Katie Krieger had 19 points, three assists and six steals and Mallory Rudningen had 10 points and nine rebounds. Morgan Lesteberg scored 11 points.

LQPV improved to 2-0 and plays at Renville County West at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

KMS will hit the road again to take on Dawson-Boyd Tuesday.

KMS (0-2) 26 22 — 48

LQPV (2-0) 28 27 — 55

KMS - Scoring: Katie Krieger 19, Mallory Rudningen 10, Morgan Lesteberg 11, Haylee Johnson 6, Kourtni Strandberg 2 ... 3-point shots: Krieger 3, Lesteberg 1 ... Rebound leader: Rudningen 10, Lestberg 7, Krieger 7 ... Assist leader: Krieger 3, Lesteberg 3, Maret Gjerde 3 ... Steal leader: Krieger 6

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Haley Wollschlager 6, Kelsea Lund 22, Macie Lund 5, Grace Hegland 8, Lindsey Kranz 14 ... 3-point shots: K. Lund 6, Wollschlager 2, M. Lund 1 ... Rebound leader: Hegland 11, Kranz 8 ... Assist leader: Wollschlager 4, Sydney Gerdes 4 ... Steal leader: K. Lund 5

CMCS 47, RCW 38

Ellie Greenwaldt tallied 26 points as Central Minnesota Christian edged Renville County West.

Greenwaldt was a monster in the paint, too, pulling in 12 rebounds. Teammate Elli Stoel also finished with 12 rebounds.

Aleah Zieske led the charge for RCW with 15 points.

CMCS (1-0) 25 22 — 47

RCW (0-2) 15 23 — 38

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Reegan Duininck 4, Elli Stoel 10, Ellie Greenwaldt 26, Colette Duininck 4, Katelyn Bulthuis 3 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leader: Stoel 12, Greenwaldt 12, C Duininck 7 ... Assist leader: R Duininck 4 ... Steal leader: Bulthuis 4, C Duininck 3, Greenwaldt 3

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Steph Zaske 12, Sandra Perez 5, Aleah Zieske 15, Leslie Gonzalez 2, Tracie Read 4 ... 3-point shots: Zaske 2, Perez 1 ... Rebound leader: Lauren Allex 7, Emma Rice 4 ... Assist leader: Zieske 3 ... Steal leader: Zieske 3, Zaske 2, Perez 2, Lauren Wulf 2

LPHT 52, ACGC 42

ACGC played more aggressively in the second half but couldn't get all the way back in a loss at Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity on Friday in Lester Prairie.

The Falcons' Madison Denton finished with 11 points and Jeana Denton had 10 points and five steals. Gabby Lawver had six points and a team-high eight rebounds, Lindsey Minnick had six points and five rebounds and Addison Bernstein had seven points and a pair of steals.

The Falcons play next at Melrose at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

ACGC (0-2) 19 23 — 42

Home (x-x) 38 14 — 52

ACGC - Scoring: Jeana Denton 10, Lindsey Minnick 6, Addison Bernstein 7, Gabby Lawver 6, Madison Denton 11, Molly Youngblom 2 ... 3-point shots: J. Denton 2, Bernstein 2, M. Denton 1 ... Rebound leader: Lawver 8, Minnick 5 ... Assist leader: J. Denton 5 ... Steal leader: Bernstein 2, J. Denton 2, Lawver 2

LESTER PRAIRIE/HOLY TRINITY - Scoring: Jenna Dolezal 19, Marissa Radke 10, Emily Rademacher 2, Kayla Weinzierl 17, Emma Blashack 1, Myranda Hentges 2 ... 3-point shots: Dolezel 1, Radke 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

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