Girls Basketball: Cards ride big second half to ninth victory

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HUTCHINSON — Willmar needed a big second-half output to do so but the Cardinals remained undefeated with a hard-fought, 59-51 non-conference victory over Hutchinson on Tuesday.

The Cardinals, now 9-0, trailed by six at the break but scored 40 second-half points to hold off the 7-5 Tigers.

"That was a next level win tonight," said Cardinals head coach Dustin Carlson. "In the first half we were so passive around the hoop and kept turning it over in situations we should have scored on. But the second half we finished with a purpose and kept the turnovers down. I'm so proud of the girls tonight."

Abby Berskow led the Cardinals with 11 points and she also had six steals.

Cayle Hovland had 10 points and six rebounds.

The Cardinals get back to Central Lakes Conference play hosting Rocori at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Willmar 59, Hutchinson 51

Willmar (9-0) 19 40 — 59

Hutchinson (7-5) 25 26 — 51

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 11, Mackenzie Jones 1, Katelyn Murphy 5, Caitlin Ogdahl 3, Sadie Raitz 2, Jordyn Swoboda 6, Madi Linbo 3, Hannah Johnson 12, Cayle Hovland 10, Carly Wedel 6 ... 3-point shots: Murphy 1, Ogdahl 1 ... Rebound leader: Hovland 6, Wedel 5, Raitz 5 ... Assist leader: Berskow 1, Murphy 1, Hovland 1, Wedel 1 ... Steal leader: Berskow 6, Johnson 3

HUTCHINSON - Scoring: Elizabeth Wortz 3, Emma Olberg 3, Michaela Stamer 4, Liz Lansink 2, Ragan Vilt 6, Gabby Hahn 12, MaKenzie Rensch 10, Morgan Ellis 4 ... 3-point shots: Olberg 1, Vilt 2, Hahn 1, Rensch 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Minnewaska 81, YME 75 OT

Yellow Medicine East staged a second-half comeback to tie the game in regulation but Minnewaska scored 10 points in the overtime period to pick up the victory on Tuesday at Minnewaska High School.

Minnewaska's Emma Thorfinnson scored 27 points and Ellie Danielson played a solid all-around game, finishing with 16 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.

YME's Anna McCosh posted a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Hinz finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and Kaitlyn Mortenson and Mackenzie Dyrdahl both scored 10 points.

YME (5-4) 34 37 4 — 75

Minnewaska (6-5) 41 30 10 — 81

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Kaitlyn Mortenson 10, Anna McCosh 30, Madison Hinz 14, Mackenzie Dyrdahl 10, Meeghen Dahlager 5, Hannah Gullickson 6 ... 3-point shots: Mortenson 1, Hinz 2, Dahlager 1 ... Rebound leader: McCosh 10, Hinz 8, Dahlager 5, Dyrdahl 5 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Maddie Thorfinnson 7, Kendra Kuczek 10, Hannah Hoffmann 1, Alexis Piekarski 3, Isabella Ortendahl 6, Emma Thorfinnson 27, Rachel Erickson 9, Avery Hoeper 2, Ellie Danielson 16 ... 3-point shots: Kuczek 2, E. Thorfinnson 5, Erickson 3 ... Rebound leader: Danielson 15, Ortendahl 5 ... Assist leader: M. Thorfinnson 5, Danielson 6 ... Steal leader: NA

CGB 51, Benson 41

Benson's Kaitlyn Berreau hit seven 3-pointers and scored a game-high 25 points but the Braves couldn't make up a halftime deficit in a non-conference loss to 6-1 Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Tuesday in Benson.

The Braves' Abbie Mitteness had seven points and seven rebounds.

CGB (6-1) 24 27 — 51

Benson (1-9) 16 25 — 41

CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY - Scoring: Kaylee Athey 1, Reanna Ward 8, Lora Botker 11, Callie Vold 15, Emma Botker 14, Tylaina Issendorf 2 ... 3-point shots: Ward 1, Lora Botker 2 ... Rebound leader: Emma Botker 14, Vold 8, Ward 8 ... Assist leader: E. Botker 2, L. Botker 2 ... Steal leader: Four with 1

BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 25, Abbie Mitteness 7, Courtney McNeill 2, Hannah Andrews 2, Grace Lee 3, Jenna Smith 2 ... 3-point shots: Berreau 7 ... Rebound leader: Mitteness 7 ... Assist leader: Mitteness 2 ... Steal leader: Mitteness 4, McNeill 4, Lee 3

Litchfield 60, MCA 55 OT

Litchfield won an overtime thriller over Morris/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday night.

The Dragons trailed by one point at halftime but battled back to send the game into overtime, where they outscored the Tigers by five.

Laney Huhner had 15 points to lead the way for Litchfield. Malory Anderson had 21 points to lead all scorers and added a team-high six rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Tigers.

Litchfield (8-3) 24 26 10 — 60

Morris/CA (6-4) 25 25 5 — 55

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 4, Laney Huhner 15, Kamri Driver 2, Natalie Hansen 6, Maddy Shoultz 7, Sydney McCann 13, Neriah Lara 11, Katelyn

Cruze 2 ... 3-point shots: Huhner 1, Shoultz 1, McCann 2, Lara 3 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Maddie Carrington 19, Jordann Baier 4, Riley Decker 7, Malory Anderson 21, Carly Wohlers 4 ... 3-point shots: Decker 1, Carrington 4 ... Rebound leader: Anderson 6 ... Assist leader: Anderson 6 ... Steal leader: Anderson 4

Minneota 68, MACCRAY 31

Minneota jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead and downed MACCRAY on Tuesday night.
Lydia Sussner scored a game-high 26 points for the Vikings.

Piper Asche had 12 points to lead the Wolverines, who dropped to 5-7.

Minneota (7-3) 41 27 — 68

MACCRAY (5-7) 21 10 — 31

MINNEOTA - Scoring: Lydia Sussner 26, Abby Hennen 18, Morgan Hennen 8, Morgan Kockelman 5, Natalee Rolbiecki 4, Katie Konold 4, Lizzy Gillingham 4, Hidie Moorse 2 ... 3-point shots: Kockelman 1, Gillingham 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

MACCRAY - Scoring: Piper Asche 12, Olivia Ruiter 6, Sage Mecker 5, Danni Burns 4, Sydney Schwitters 2, G Randt 1 ... 3-point shots: Mecker 1, Asche 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

TMB 70, CMCS 36

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton ramped up its defense in the second half and downed Central Minnesota Christian School in a Camden Conference win on Tuesday.

CMCS' Katelyn Bulthuis scored 12 points and Ellie Greenwaldt scored 10. Elli Stoel and Reegan Duininck both scored seven points and Stoel had six rebounds. Reegan Duininck had five rebounds and seven steals.

TMB (8-1) 32 38 — 70

CMCS (1-8) 21 15 — 36

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - Stats not provided

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Reegan Duininck 7, Elli Stoel 7, Ellie Greenwaldt 10, Katelyn Bulthuis 12 ... 3-point shots: Stoel 2 ... Rebound leader: Stoel 6, R. Duininck 5 ... Assist leader: Greenwaldt 1, Colette Duininck 1 ... Steal leader: R. Duininck 7, C. Duininck 3

Canby 66, KMS 46

Canby took control of what was a four-point game at halftime and defeated KMS in a Camden Conference game on Tuesday in Canby.

KMS' Katie Krieger led the Saints with 19 points and she had six rebounds, Madison Rohner scored nine and had six rebounds, Maret Gjerde finished with six points and Mallory Rudningen had 10 rebounds.

KMS plays at Lakeview on 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Cottonwood.

KMS (3-8) 26 20 — 46

Canby (4-6) 30 36 — 66

KMS - Scoring: Katie Krieger 19, Mallory Rudningen 4, Morgan Lesteberg 5, Madison Rohner 9, Kourtni Strandberg 1, Maret Gjerde 6, Dacotah Rohner 2 ... 3-point shots: Krieger 1 ... Rebound leader: Rudningen 10, Krieger 6, M. Rohner 6 ... Assist leader: Rudningen 3 ... Steal leader: Krieger 3

CANBY - Scoring: Sarah Hansen 13, Morgan Cleveland 10, Hannah Jelen 2, Kalli Jellen 3, Ahlea Wright 4, Marissa Hansen 2, Kaylee Leppke 5, Alyssa Beckius 13, Norah King 14 ... 3-point shots: S. Hansen 3, Cleveland 1, K. Jelen 1 ... Rebound leader: Cleveland 8 ... Assist leader: S. Hansen 6 ... Steal leader: Beckius 5, King 4

Lakeview 50, D-B 46

Lakeview hung on in the second to edge Dawson-Boyd on Tuesday night.

The Lakers held a one-point lead going into the half and that held up over the final 18 minutes for a four-point win.

Avery Bartunek scored 15 points to lead the Blackjacks and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. Mary Bothun added 14 points and eight rebounds while Alex Sather had 10 points and nine boards.

Sierra Plotz had 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and eight steals to lead the Lakers.

Lakeview (4-7) 20 30 — 50

Dawson-Boyd (5-5) 19 27 — 46

LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Haley Unke 10, Kiana Imes 5, Alexis Lienemann 2, Sierra Plotz 13, Kally Brower 6, Lizzie Grube 7, Savannah Rausch 8... 3-point shots: Unke 1 ... Rebound leader: Plotz 7 ... Assist leader: Imes 5, Plotz 5 ... Steal leader: Plotz 8

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Morgan Johnson 3, Mary Bothun 14, Alex Sather 10, Avery Bartunek 15, Jenna Wyum 4 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Bartunek 1, Wyum 1 ... Rebound leader: Bartunek 11, Sather 9, Bothun 8 ... Assist leader: Bartunek 5 ... Steal leader: Bartunek 5, Bothun 4