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Prep Basketball: Owls shoot down Jaguars

Hancock guard Noah Kannegiesser goes up for a finger roll over the arms of BBE forward Evan Wiener on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 6
Hancock's Kaleb Koehl shoots over the outstretched arms of BBE's Evan Wiener on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 6
BBE center Ryan Illies goes up for a layup on a fast break against Hancock on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 6
BBE boys basketball takes on Hancock in Brooten on Dec. 11, 2017. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 6
Hancock guard Noah Kannegiesser flips a loose ball to a teammate while battling between a pair of BBE defenders on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune5 / 6
Hancock guard Noah Kannegiesser is surrounded by a swarm of BBE defenders on Monday night. Curt Hogg / Tribune6 / 6

BROOTEN — Noah Kannegiesser took the inbounds pass immediately following a timeout and hobbled his way up the court, doing his best to keep as much pressure as possible off the right knee he had tweaked minutes before.

His team tied at 37-37 with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Monday night following a sluggish, slow start to the second half, Kannegiesser came around a double screen at the top of the key. A superb athlete, he could have put the ball on the deck and gone to the basket for a layup, but his knee suggested otherwise.

Instead, Kannegiesser pulled up from behind the arc and drilled a 3-pointer over a pair of defender to claim the lead—one good knee and all.

At that moment, BBE knew it was in trouble.

Kannegiesser went on to score 38 points, continuing his torrid streak to open the season, and the Owls pulled away with a big second half push for a 74-63 win over the Jaguars.

"I just tweaked my knee a little bit and walked it off. I hit a couple of shots and it felt good after that," Kannegiesser said.

Through three games this season, all Hancock wins, Kannegiesser is averaging a state-best 42.3 points per game.

"Really we're just playing well as a team and everyone is spacing the floor well," Kannegiesser said. "We're clicking right now and it's a lot of fun playing with these guys. It makes the confidence a lot higher."

The Jaguars utilized a quick burst out of the locker room in the second half, turning a 25-25 tie at the break into 36-30 lead. With BBE up 37-34, Kannegiesser landed awkwardly after scrapping for a loose ball, which he ended up winning and finding Bennett Nienhaus for an open 3-pointer to knot game up again.

Hancock called a timeout after a defensive stop and Kannegiesser talked his way into remaining in the game. After that, it was all Owls.

Kannegiesser buried two of his four triples on the day over the next three possessions as part of a 17-4 run to give Hancock a 47-40 lead. BBE would cut the deficit to three points at 50-47, but that was the closest it would get for the rest of the evening.

Kaleb Koehl's lone field goal of the game extended the Owls lead to their largest of the contest at 70-51 with just under four minutes to play.

Evan Wiener scored 22 points to lead the Jaguars, who fell to 1-3 on the year.

Nienhaus scored 12 points on four 3-pointers in sidekick duty to Kannegiesser.

The Owls scored 25 points, with 17 of those coming from Kannegiesser, in a first half that had its pace dictated by BBE. The script was flipped over the final 18 minutes, with Hancock pushing the pace and creating plenty of opportunities on the fast break.

"We kind of just talked in the locker room to trust ourselves defensively, play with more energy and get out and run because we're a fast team," Kannegiesser said. "That really opened up looks for us."

Hancock 74, BBE 63

Hancock (3-0) 25 49 — 74

BBE (1-3) 25 38 — 63

HANCOCK - Scoring: Noah Kannegiesser 38, Bennett Nienhaus 12, Cole Reese 4, Daniel Milander 2, Kaleb Koehl 3, Connor Reese 13, Peyton Rohloff 2 ... 3-point shots: Kannegiesser 4, Nienhaus 4, Connor Reese 1 ... Rebound leader: Kannegiesser 8, Cole Reese 6 ... Assist leader: Kannegiesser 4, Cole Reese 3 ... Steal leader: Kannegiesser 6, Cole Reese 2, Connor Reese 2

BBE - Scoring: Dylan Meyer 5, James Jackson 2, Jayden Miller 3, Ethan Schwinghammer 10, Evan Wiener 22, Parker Schwinghammer 15, Ryan Illies 6 ... 3-point shots: Meyer 1, Miller 1, E Schwinghammer 1, E Wiener 1, P Schwinghammer 5 ... Rebound leader: Illies 8, Wiener 7 ... Assist leader: Jackson 2, Wiener 2, P Schwinghammer 2, Illies 2 ... Steal leader: Illies 3, Jackson 2

BLHS 90, GFW 81

Trent Weispfennig dropped 36 points and Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart surged to a 90-81 win over Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.

Weispfennig had everything working, including the long-range shot as he went 7-for-11 from 3-point land. Add in 16 points from Stefan Johnson, 12 points from Payton Diepold and 10 points from Nathan Schultz and the Mustangs had the winning formula Monday night.

GFW held a 50-45 lead at halftime but BLHS' defense held off the visitors in the second half to come back for the victory. Kyle Huiras led GFW with 28 points as teammate Martin Ortiz logged 21.

GFW (0-2) 50 31 — 81

BLHS (3-1) 45 45 — 90

GIBBON-FAIRFAX-WINTHROP - Scoring: Kyle Huiras 28, Martin Ortiz 21, Zach Weber 17, Tyler Hopp 7, David Herrera 6, Ethan Schwarzrock 2 ... 3-point shots: Huiras 4, Weber 3, Hopp 1 ... Rebound leader: Huiras 8, Ortiz 8 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Trent Weispfennig 36, Stefan Johnson 16, Payton Diepold 12, Nathan Schultz 10 ... 3-point shots: Weispfennig 7 ... Rebound leader: Diepold 8, Weispfennig 7, Johnson 6 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Girls Basketball

GFW 66, BLHS 53

Sara Kottke scored 20 points and pulled in 19 rebounds as Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart fell to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Monday night.

The Mustangs kept things close in the first half, trailing 29-26 but GFW was able to stretch the lead in the second half for the 13-point victory.

BLHS will get back to the court Friday when they host Minnesota Valley Lutheran.

BLHS (2-4) 26 27 — 53

GFW (4-0) 29 37 — 66

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Keegan Hanson 9, Kylie Ehlers 4, Tia Weispfennig 2, Sara Kottke 20, Alyssa Petersen 5, Rachel Dean 13 ... 3-point shots: Kottke 2, Hanson 1 ... Rebound leader: Kottke 19, Dean 6 ... Assist leader: Hanson 3, Kottke 3 ... Steal leader: Ehlers 4, Kottke 2

GIBBON-FAIRFAX-WINTHROP - Scoring: Kaitlyn Lee 2, Erin Haas 8, Maddy Elder 14, Shelby Ramirez 5, Grace Swenson 2, Emily Heimkes 15, Miah Busse 13, Katelynn Firle 7 ... 3-point shots: Heimkes 1, Busse 1, Firle 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA