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Willmar, Worthington in 2AAA title tilt

WILLMAR -- The Worthington Trojans racehorse style is unlike anything the Willmar Cardinals have encountered this season.

"They're a fun team to watch," said Brad Atchison, whose team will tip-off against the Trojans at 7 p.m. at Taylor Center on the Minnesota State-Mankato campus. "Their offense presents a number of problems."

The winner of the 2AAA championship game advances to the loser-eliminated quarterfinal-round of the Class AAA state tournament beginning Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Worthington lost to Marshall for the section title a year ago, after ousting the Cardinals 73-55 in the semifinals.

"(Worthington) can really get up and down the court," said Atchison. "They have quickness and can shoot the three. The transition game is what they rely on for a lot of their points."

The Cardinals have been getting ready for the possibility of facing the Trojans since around mid-season.

The coaches have em-phasized the need to improve the full-court game, plus strong rebounding and getting back on defense. Worthington feeds off turnovers, so taking care of the ball will be a key.

"Half-court offense and defense have been our strengths," said Atchsion. "But we'll have to stop their fast break. If we can slow them down, we'll be just fine."

The Trojans have 1,000-point scorers in Gabby Boever, a junior guard, and Holli Aggen, a 5-8 forward and the lone senior. Martha Alwal, an athletic 6-2 sophomore, has emerged as a force.

Worthington (23-2) scores at a torrid 74.0 clip while Willmar's mainly one-on-one defense is allowing just 46.0 per game.

"Our girls are excited and looking forward to playing in the final," said Atchison.

The Cardinals (23-2) have won 13 straight since a loss at Class AAAA Bemidji on Jan. 10.