Prep Basketball: Cards girls flip switch on Otters

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WILLMAR — The Willmar girls basketball team flipped the switch midway through the second half and erased a 10-point deficit to beat Fergus Falls 59-53 on Thursday night.

Carly Wedel buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with just under four minutes to play and the No. 10 Cardinals (18-2, 9-2) continued to stymy the Otters (15-6, 8-5) the rest of the way.

Hannah Johnson finished with 19 points to lead all Willmar scorers, leading the charge after Fergus Falls took a 47-37 lead with 9:17 remaining.

"Down by 10 in the second half and the girls, led by Hannah, just turned it on," Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson said. "Fergus played so well but our girls just refused to lose."

Johnson scored the next six points for the Cardinals, who cut the deficit to three points on an Abby Berskow triple. Wedel's 3-pointer capped a 15-2 run in just under six minutes of action.

It was a sharp contrast from the majority of the game, when the Otters perimeter shooters were giving the Cardinals fits. Katelyn Strand hit six 3-pointers, with five of them coming in the first half, en route to a game-high 20 points.

Her sixth staked the Otters to the 10-point advantage with just under 10 minutes to play, the largest lead of the game for either team.

With Berskow covering Strand all over the court, Willmar nearly blanked Fergus Falls after that, limiting it to just two made field goals in the final nine minutes.

One of those was a triple to draw within one point at 54-53 with two minutes to play. After empty possessions by both sides, Johnson converted a runner to up the lead to three points and came away with a steal on the other end.

Cayle Hovland, who returned from an injury on the night, made a free throw with 24 seconds left to make it a two-possession game, and Berskow came away with a steal and a pair of free throws to seal the win with 12 seconds to play.

The Cardinals overcame a rough night at the charity stripe, going just 6-for-18 on free throws. They made up for that from the field, however, going 24-for-47 (51.1 percent) and hitting five of 12 3-pointers.

Madi Linbo had 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting off the bench to help lead the way for Willmar.

Willmar 59, Fergus Falls 53

Fergus Falls (15-6) 28 25 — 53

Willmar (18-2) 24 35 — 59

FERGUS FALLS - Scoring: Katelyn Strand 20, Ellie Colbeck 12, Tori Ratz 5, Sam Evavold 7, Paige Pearson 7, Sabrina Fronning 2 ... 3-point shots: Strand 6, Rats 1, Evavold 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 8, Jordyn Swoboda 4, Madi Linbo 16, Hannah Johnson 19, Cayle Hovland 6, Carly Wedel 6 ... 3-point shots: Berskow 2, Linbo 1, Wedel 2 ... Rebound leader: Wedel 9, Johnson 7, Hovland 4, Katelyn Murphy 4 ... Assist leader: Berskow 3, Swoboda 2, Wedel 2 ... Steal leader: Johnson 3, Wedel 2, Linbo 2, Berskow 2

NLS 74, Rockford 50

Four New London-Spicer players scored in double figures and the Wildcats dominated the boards in a victory over Rockford on Thursday in Rockford.

The Wildcats' Shea Oman and Emma Hanson both scored 14 points, Mackenzie Rich scored 12 and Ava Kraemer finished with 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

Grace DeSchepper and Hanson both narrowly missed a double-double with DeSchepper scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds and Hanson finishing with nine rebounds.

The Wildcats play host to Mound Westonka at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

NLS (16-6) 39 35 — 75

Rockford (10-10) 24 26 — 50

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Sam Johnson 2, Ashton Engelke 4, Shea Oman 14, Mackenzie Rich 12, Emma Hanson 14, Miah Larson 2, Grace DeSchepper 9, Ava Kraemer 10, Courtney Caskey 1, Erin Knisley 6 ... 3-point shots: Oman 3, Rich 1, Hanson 3 ... Rebound leader: Kraemer 12, DeSchepper 10, Hanson 9, Johnson 8 ... Assist leader: Oman 7, Hanson 3 ... Steal leader: Oman 3, DeSchepper 3

ROCKFORD - Scoring: Sydney Manthana 22, Skyler Palmer 4, Ava Cusciotta 2, Logan Henrich 4, Samantha Fitzsimmons 3, Sarah Byers 6, Neely Griffin 3, McKenzie Rentz 6 ... 3-point shots: Griffin 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Litchfield 64, SW Christian 50

Litchfield rallied in the second half with a potent offense and strong defense to top Southwest Minnesota Christian.

Sydney McCann drilled five 3-pointers and led all scorers with 21 points. Southwest Minnesota Christian had their shooters early, too, as Sydney Beard and Brenna Krommendyk each finished with four 3-pointers, scoring 16 and 18 points, respectively.

Home Friday for GSL

SW Christian (11-9) 34 16 — 50

Litchfield (12-9) 27 37 — 64

SOUTHWEST CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Lily Schwen 8, Sydney Beard 16, Brenna Krommendyk 18, Allison Winter 2, Sydney Jones 4, Felicia Mckenzie 2 ... 3-point shots: Beard 4, Krommendyk 4 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 4, Laney Huhner 12, Kamri Driver 5, Natalie Hansen 5, Maddy Shoultz 10, Sydney McCann 21, Tessa Goerish 5, Neriah Lara 2 ... 3-point shots: Driver 1, Shoultz 2, McCann 5, Goerish 1 ... Rebound leader: Driver 6 ... Assist leader: McCann 5, Driver 4 ... Steal leader: Two players with one

BBE 70, Pierz 35

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa picked up its 17th win of the year by doubling up Pierz on Thursday night.

Macie Kirckof led a balanced scoring attack for the Jaguars with 12 points. Jenna Fischer added 11 points.

Pierz (6-145 18 17 — 35

BBE (17-6) 37 33 — 70

PIERZ - Stats not provided

BBE - Scoring: Jacqueline Gossen 2, Grace Illies 8, Cassandra Tensen 2, Jenna Dingmann 5, Morgan Gronli 6, Macie Kirckof 12, Nicole Wesbur 6, Tori Reed 5, Jenna Fischer 11, Brittany Berge 3, Jaden Gossen 5, Kendra Schmitz 5 ... 3-point shots: Illies 1, Dingmann 1, Gronli 2, Fischer 3, Berge 1, Jaden Gossen 1 ... Rebound leader: Wesbur 5 ... Assist leader: Gronli 3, Illies 3 ... Steal leader: Kirckof 4, Jaden Gossen 4

D-B 54, RCW 40

Mary Bothun had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and she also had five steals in Dawson-Boyd's Camden Conference win over Renville County West on Thursday.

The Blackjacks' Alex Sather had 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.
RCW's Aleah Zieske had a game-high 19 points and Steph Zaske had seven points and seven rebounds.

RCW (0-22) 22 18 — 40

D-B (7-15) 27 27 — 54

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Steph Zaske 7, Lauren Wulf 6, Aleah Zieske 19, Pamela Winzenburg 4, Tracie Read 4 ... 3-point shots: Zieske 4 ... Rebound leader: Wulf 9, Zaske 7 ... Assist leader: Zaske 2, Wulf 2, Zieske 2, Vanessa Savig 2 ... Steal leader: Zieske 3, Savig 3

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Morgan Johnson 6, Mary Bothun 13, Alex Sather 17, Avery Bartunek 10, Megan Mamer 2, Jenna Wyum 6 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 2, Sather 1, Wyum 2 ... Rebound leader: Bothun 12, Sather 8 ... Assist leader: Bartunek 7, Sather 3 ... Steal leader: Bothun 5, Sather 4

LQPV 47, CMCS 28

Lac qui Parle reached the 20-win plateau with a Camden Conference win over Central Minnesota Christian School on Thursday in Prinsburg.

CMCS' Ellie Greenwaldt finished with 11 points and nine rebounds and Katelyn Bulthuis had seven points and 10 rebounds.

LQPV (20-3) 20 27 — 47

CMCS (4-15) 16 12 — 28

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Haley Wollschlager 12, Kelsea Lund 10, Isabel Schirm 2, Grace Hegland 6, Lindsay Kranz 12, Sidney Gerdes 5 ... 3-point shots: Wollschlager 2, Lund 2, Gerdes 1 ... Rebound leader: Lund 7, Hegland 6, Kranz 6 ... Assist leader: Lund 6 ... Steal leader: Lund 10

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Elli Stoel 4, Ellie Greenwaldt 11, Colette Duininck 6, Katelyn Bulthuis 7 ... 3-point shots: none ... Rebound leader: Bulthuis 10, Greenwaldt 9, Stoel 9 ... Assist leader: Three players with one ... Steal leader: Duininck 2

YME 91, RTR 53

It was an offensive explosion in a win for Yellow Medicine East on Thursday night.

Anna McCosh led the way with 27 points as four Sting players finished with double-digit points and 10 scored on the evening.

RTR (10-13) 28 25 — 53

YME (15-6) 47 44 — 91

RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON - Scoring: Brooke Thomsen 12, Madison Muenchow , Shawna Thomsen 8, Jackie Dressen 7, Chloe Hess 6, Makenzie Buchert 5, Mya Christianson 5, Haley Muenchow 2 ... 3-point shots: Christianson 1, Dressen 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Anna McCosh 27, Madison Hinz 19, Hannah Gullickson 12, Kaitlyn Mortenson 10, Sam Anderson 7, Mackenzie Dyrdahl 6, Katelyn Mathiowetz 4, Meeghen Dahlager 2, Brylea Ruff-Mulligan 2, Shelby Mortenson 2 ... 3-point shots: Mortenson 3, Hinz 3, Anderson 1 ... Rebound leader: Gullickson 5, Dyrdahl 5 ... Assist leader: Hinz 9, Dahlager 9 ... Steal leader: McCosh 3, Hinz 3, Dahlager 3

Hancock 51, CGB 46

Hancock edged Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley behind a powerful all-around performance from Lexi Staples and Ashlyn Mattson.

Mattson led all scorers with 17 points and Staples followed with 14 points, adding nine rebounds and six assists. Mattson also finished with six rebounds and five steals.

Hancock (11-7) 23 28 — 51

CGB (9-9) 20 26 — 46

HANCOCK - Scoring: Ashlyn Mattson 17, Lexi Staples 14, Rylee Hanson 8, Haley Mattson 6, Katelynn Jepma 2, Morgan Kisgen 2, Tess Steiner 2 ... 3-point shots: A Mattson 3, Staples 1 ... Rebound leader: Staples 9, A Mattson 6... Assist leader: Staples 6, Steiner 4 ... Steal leader: A Mattson 5, Steiner 3

CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY - Scoring: Emma Botker 14, Callie Vold 11, Tylaina Issendorf 9, Reanna Ward 4, Kaylee Athey 4, Lora Botker 2, Mataiah Turner 2 ... 3-point shots: Issendorf 3 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Royalton 64, Paynesville 38

Royalton improved to 15-6 with a victory over Paynesville on Thursday. No other details about the game were provided.

Boys Basketball

Springfield 78, BOLD 76

A five-point halftime lead disappeared for BOLD as Class A No. 2 Springfield exploded for 46 points in the second half to get a close victory against a section opponent.

Jordan Sagedahl finished with 21 points, joining Gavin Vosika (18) and Carter Henry (17) with double-digit scorelines.

BOLD (16-5) 37 39 — 76

Springfield (19-1) 32 46 — 78

BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 6, Gavin Vosika 18, Mathew Moorse 9, Jordan Sagedahl 21, James Woelfel 3, Carter Henry 17, Karl Kosak 2 ... 3-point shots: D Sagedahl 2, Vosika 2, Moorse 1, J Sagedahl 2, Woelfel 1 ... Rebound leader: Henry 9, Dawson Vosika 5 ... Assist leader: D Sagedahl 5 ... Steal leader: G Vosika 2, J Sagedahl 2

SPRINGFIELD - Stats not provided

NLS 81, Rockford 77

Ryan Wyganowski and Brandon Adelman combined to hit 10 3-point shots and scored 46 points in New London-Spicer's win over Rockford on Thursday in New London.

Adelman finished with 24 points and nine assists and Wyganowski, who hit six 3-pointers, finished with 22 points.

Rockford (13-6) 33 44 — 77

NL-Spicer (12-7) 35 46 — 81

ROCKFORD - Scoring: Kyle Calder 14, Carter Kulavik 2, Nick Manthana 14, Luke Pepin 14, Jaden Peterson 5, Hawkin Petron 2, JJ Strumbel 12, Blake Young 14 ... 3-point shots: Manthana 2, Peterson 1, Strumbel 1, Young 4 ... Rebound leader: Calder 10 ... Assist leader: Strumbel 3 ... Steal leader: Pepin 2, Strumbel 2

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Brandon Adelman 24, Ander Arnold 5, Brandyn Harlow 13, Caleb Maxwell 2, Jake Schmidt 6, Tristan Thompson 9, Ryan Wyganowski 22 ... 3-point shots: Adelman 4, Thompson 1, Wyganowski 6 ... Rebound leader: Arnold 10, Harlow 6, Thomson 5 ... Assist leader: Adelman 9 ... Steal leader: Adelman 2

BBE 47, HLWW 46

BBE edged Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Thursday in Brooten.

BBE's Evan Wiener had 16 points and nine rebounds and Parker Schwinghammer had 17 points.

HLWW (6-15) 23 23 — 46

BBE (8-12) 22 25 — 47

HOWARD LAKE-WAVERLY-WINSTED - Scoring: Noah Bush 3, TJ Kittock 8, Brandon Karels 1, Brandon Huston 6, Brock Bangasser 11, Brennan Barth 1, Zach Uter 16 ... 3-point shots: Bush 1, Kittock 2, Huston 1, Uter 2 ... Rebound leader: Uter 11, Bangasser 9 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: Bush 3

BBE - Scoring: Jayden 2, Ethan Schwinghammer 7, Evan Wiener 16, Parker Schwinghammer 17, Ryan Illies 5 ... 3-point shots: Wiener 2 ... Rebound leader: Wiener 9 ... Assist leader: P. Schwinghammer 2 ... Steal leader: James Jackson 2, P. Schwinghammer 2

Montevideo 56, MACCRAY 49

Montevideo capped senior night with a close win against MACCRAY.

Blake Wadsworth led all scorers with 17 points, just ahead of teammate Thomas Kirking's 16-point performance, but it was the Thunderhawks combined performance that earned the win.

Jackson Snell led a trio of double-digit scorers for Montevideo with 13 points.

MACCRAY (5-14) 19 30 — 49

Montevideo (2-15) 22 34 — 56

MACCRAY - Scoring: Blake Wadsworth 17, Brady Kienitz 7, Kelby Jaenisch 2, Brett Harguth 2, Braden Hoekstra 5, Thomas Kirking 16 ... 3-point shots: Wadsworth 1, Kirking 2 ... Rebound leader: Wadsworth 7, Harguth 7, Kirking 6 ... Assist leader: Kienitz 2, Hoekstra 2 ... Steal leader: Five players with one

MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Jackson Snell 13, Cole Sandven 11, Isaac Hoogeveen 11, Adam Root 7, Henry Strunc 6, Blaine Sederstrom 4, Christian Riley 2, Hunter Ward 2 ... 3-point shots: Snell 2, Root 1 ... Rebound leader: Strunc 8, Snell 5, Sandven 5 ... Assist leader: Snell 4 ... Steal leader: Sederstrom 2

KMS 68, W/HN 49

Josh Peterson led the Saints with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross on Thursday.

Ethan Hauge scored 12 points and Regan Carlson had 11. Weston Gjerde finished with eight points and eight assists.

KMS (10-10) 29 39 — 68

W/HN (2-14) 24 25 — 49

KMS - Scoring: Isaac Call 5, Weston Gjerde 8, Regan Carlson 11, Ethan Hauge 12, Brandon Rasmusson 6, Noah Thorson 4, Josh Peterson 22 ... 3-point shots: Gjerde 1, Carlson 1 ... Rebound leader: Peterson 10 ... Assist leader: Gjerde 8 ... Steal leader: Rasmusson 3

WHEATON/HERMAN-NORCROSS - Scoring: Nick Lupkes 4, Matthew Thielen 21, Logan Birchem 4, Nelson Schmidt 4, Zach Stueve 3, Hunter Johnson 13 ... 3-point shots: Thielen 4 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Hancock 71, Brandon-Evansville 48

Noah Kannegiesser scored 40 points to nearly single-handedly defeat Brandon-Evansville Thursday night.

Bennett Nienhaus added 11 points off three made 3-pointers in an overwhelming Hancock win.

B-E (11-7) 22 26 — 48

Hancock (17-1) 35 36 — 71

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Scoring: James Strese 13, Taylor Bitzan 9, Tanner Bitzan 7, Reagan Schiele 6, Jake Hintermeister 6, Darrin Wibstad 5 ... 3-point shots: Taylor Bitzan 3, Hintermeister 2, Strese 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

HANCOCK - Scoring: Noah Kannegiesser 40, Bennett Nienhaus 11, Cole Reese 8, Connor Reese 4, Peyton Rohloff 4, Daniel Milander 2, Kaleb Koehl 2 ... 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 6, Nienhaus 3 ... Rebound leader: Cole Reese 7, Kannegiesser 6 ... Assist leader: Kannegiesser 3, Nienhaus 3, Cole Reese 3, Connor Reese 3 ... Steal leader: Koehl 4, Kannegiesser 3

CM/C 77, BLHS 63

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart hung with Cedar Mountain-Comfrey in the first half but fell flat in the second half in a Tomahawk Conference game on Thursday.

Trent Weispfenning finished with 25 points and eight rebounds and Payton Diepold had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

CM/C (14-6) 40 37 — 77

BLHS (6-13) 40 23 — 63

CEDAR MOUNTAIN/COMFREY - Scoring: Dylan Hillescheim 39, Lewis Pendleton 9, Eli Samuelson 6, Lucas Emineth 9, Trey Petersen Juhl 5, Justin Lumbar 4, Matt Larsen 5 ... 3-point shots: Hillescheim 1, Pendleton 1, Samuelson 2, Emineth 1, Petersen Juhl 1 ... Rebound leader: Hillescheim 7, Larsen 5 ... Assist leader: Hillescheim 6 ... Steal leader: NA

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Judson Watkins 7, Elijah Stifter 6, Nathan Schultz 1, Dane Daak 3, Trent Weispfennig 25, Stefan Johnson 9, Payton Diepold 12 ... 3-point shots: Watkins 1, Stifter 1, Weispfennig 4 ... Rebound leader: Weispfennig 8, Johnson 6, Diepold 5, Stifter 4 ... Assist leader: Diepold 4, Johnson 4 ... Steal leader: Stifter 1, Johnson 1

ACGC 71, Benson 29

ACGC stormed out to an early lead on the way to a big win against Benson Thursday night.

Josh Kinzler led all scorers with 19 points and Dawson Miller finished with a strong all-around game with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

Benson 19 10 — 29

ACGC 42 29 — 71

BENSON - Scoring: Matt Goossen 3, Eric Hoium 1, Will Enderson 3, Sam Lundebrek 12, Hunter Gonnerman 9, Jonas Habben 2 ... 3-point shots: Goossen 1, Enderson 1 ... Rebound leader: Goossen 5 ... Assist leader: Enderson 3, Goossen 2 ... Steal leader: Four players with two

ACGC - Scoring: Josh Kinzler 19, Kobe Holtz 8, Brayden Hedtke 3, Jaren Kaddatz 15, Dawson Miller 14, Steven Lawver 5, Michael Lambert 4, Ryan Peterson 2, Elliot Gratz 1 ... 3-point shots: Kinzler 4, Hedtke 1, Kaddatz 3, Miller 2 ... Rebound leader: Lawver 7, Miller 5 ... Assist leader: Miller 5, Lawver 4, Kaddatz 4 ... Steal leader: Miler 5, Lawver 3