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Girls Basketball: Cards keep good times rolling

BRAINERD — The good times kept rolling for the Willmar girls basketball team on Tuesday night.

Heidi Sellmann scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals, who shot 59 percent from the field and won their fifth consecutive game by defeating Central Lakes Conference opponent Brainerd, 72-64.

"Heidi Sellmann was on fire all game from outside the lane," Cardinals head coach Dustin Carlson said. "Fun to see us coming together offensively. Everyone is stepping up and chipping in when they can."

Willmar used its patented pressure defense to stifle the Warriors and break a tie for sole possession of second place in the conference. Brainerd shot just 31 percent from the field and made only five of its 28 3-point attempts.

The Cardinals seem to have found their offense late in the season to play their best basketball at the right time. Cayle Hovland scored 13 points, while Hannah Johnson added 10 points and seven assists to go along with five steals.

"Hannah Johnson was on a mission tonight running the point," Carlson said.

Both teams exchanged runs in the first half, with Willmar scoring the first eight points before going down 10-8. The Cardinals switched to a defensive zone and grabbed a 37-29 lead going into halftime.

Willmar then held a comfortable lead throughout the second half, but the Warriors ended the game on a 13-1 to make the final score indicate the game was closer than it was.

Willmar 72, Brainerd 64

Willmar (14-8) 37 35 — 72

Brainerd (14-8) 29 35 — 64

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 7, Grace Sawyer 2, Jordyn Swoboda 8, Madi Linbo 5, Hannah Johnson 10, Cayle Hovland 13, Carly Wedel 8, Heidi Sellmann 19 ... 3-point shots: Berskow 1, Linbo 1, Johnson 1, Hovland 1 ... Rebound leader: Sellmann 11, Hovland 7 ... Assist leader: Johnson 7 ... Steal leader: Johnson 5

BRAINERD - Scoring: Hanna Degen 2, Lillee Hardee 2, Kylee Heurung 19, Ashley Huber 2, Lexi Roby 9, Regan McElfresh 24, Courtney Russell 6 ... 3-point shots: Roby 1, McElfresh 4

NLS 72, Mound Westonka 36

Shea Oman scored 20 points and Kabrie Weber scored 13 to lead New London-Spicer to a Wright County Conference win over Mound Westonka on Tuesday in Mound.

Morgan Swenson and Erin Tebben both scored nine points and Brook Beuning had eight points, nine assists and six steals. Oman also had eight steals.

The Wildcats play host to Dassel-Cokato at 7 p.m. Friday in New London.

NLS (19-3) 45 27 — 72

MW (9-14) 19 17 — 36

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Shea Oman 20, Brooke Beuning 8, Emma Hanson 5, Payton Mages 2, Kabrie Weber 13, Erin Knisley 2, Erin Tebben 9, Courtney Caskey 4, Morgan Swenson 9 ... 3-point shots: Oman 3, Beuning 2, Hanson 1, Weber 3 ... Rebound leader: Michelle Johnson 4, Weber 4, Swenson 4, Weber 4 ... Assist leader: Beuning 9, Weber 6 ... Steal leader: Oman 8, Beuning 6

MOUND WESTONKA - Scoring: Samantha Eidsness 6, Jennifer Schaible 6, Ela Springer 6, Maya Thurston 5, Claire White 11, Melissa Christlibe 2 ... 3-point shots: Eidsness 2, Schaible 1, White 2

TMB 72, Dawson-Boyd 32

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton put forth a dominant performance over Dawson-Boyd to move to 14-1 in the Camden Conference.

The Panthers used 10 different scorers to reach their 72-point total including Evelyn Dolan who led all scorers with 21.

For Dawson-Boyd, Kaitlyn Willander led the way with 12 points.

TMB (22-1) 45 27 — 72

D-B (7-16) 16 16 — 32

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - Scoring: Kaylee Kirk 8, Kendra Ludeman 5, Sidney Karbo 2, Alecia Christian 3, Dakota Rolling 2, Dani Alberg 3, Sydney Lanoue 12, Evelyn Dolan 21, Gabbie Gervais 10, Samantha Edwards 6 ... 3-point shots: Ludeman 1, Christian 1 ... Rebound leader: Dolan 8 ... Assist leader: Cassidy Smith 7 ... Steal leader: Kirk 2, Christian 2, Rolling 2, Lanoue 2

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Hannah Stelter 3, Kaitlyn Willander 12, Alex Sather 8, Avery Bartunek 7, Alisa Fenske 2 ... 3-point shots: Stelter 1, Willander 3, Bartunek 1 ... Rebound leader: Sather 5 ... Assist leader: Willander 2, Sather 2 ... Steal leader: Willander 4

Annandale 58, Litchfield 54

Annandale's Hannah Purcell and Kamryn D'Heiley combined for 42 points to guide their team past Litchfield in a close Wright County Conference battle.

It was a battle between sharpshooters as Purcell and Montevideo's Kyndra Beavers each hit five three-pointers. Beavers finished with a team-high 21 points.

Annandale (13-9) 21 37 — 58

Litchfield (14-7) 17 37 — 54

ANNANDALE - Scoring: Briana Canesi 5, Abby Lillehaug 5, Hannah Purcell 22, Kamryn D'Heiley 20, Allie Spaulding 6 ... 3-point shots: Canesi 1, Lillehaug 1, Purcell 5

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Kyndra Beavers 21, Laney Huhner 8, Macy Huhner 15, Sydney McCann 2, Brynne Wahl 4, Savanna Pater 4 ... 3-point shots: Beavers 5, M Huhner 1 ... Rebound leader: Beavers 5 ... Assist leader: McCann 4 ... Steal leader: Wahl 6

Montevideo 59, YME 57

Montevideo trailed at halftime but battled back to squeak by Yellow Medicine East on a Sarah Sulflow layup with two seconds to play.

Abby Olson put forth a strong all-around effort with 25 points and nine rebounds. Sulflow and Ashley McKee also neared double-double territory. Sulflow finished with 18 points and eight rebounds while McKee notched 10 points and nine rebounds.

For Yellow Medicine East Anna McCosh led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds.

YME (8-13) 28 29 — 57

Montevideo (11-9) 26 33 — 59

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Kaitlyn Mortensen 4, Anna McCosh 17, Megan Larson 4, Madison Hinz 7, Sam Anderson 5, Mackenzie Dyrdahl 7, Meeghen Dahlager 11, Hannah Gullickson 2 ... 3-point shots: Hinz 1, Anderson 1, Dahlager 1 ... Rebound leader: Dahlager 8, McCosh 7 ... Assist leader: Mortensen 6 ... Steal leader: Dahlager 5

MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Molly Reeves 3, Abby Olson 25, Emmy Enevoldsen 1, Sarah Sulflow 18, Ashley McKee 10, Kamren Saue 2 ... 3-point shots: Reeves 1, Olson 5 ... Rebound leader: McKee 9, Olson 9, Sulflow 8 ... Assist leader: Saue 4, Olson 3, Reeves 3 ... Steal leader: Saue 3, McKee 3, Olson 2

Canby 65, BOLD 62

Canby held on to a tight lead to edge BOLD on Tuesday night.

Makenna Steffel scored a team-high 20 points for the Warriors, who trailed by three points heading into the break.

Natalie Dinius scored a game-best 23 points for the Lancers, who improved to 19-3 on the season.

BOLD (14-10) 29 33 — 62

Canby (19-3) 32 33 — 63

BOLD - Scoring: Emily Gass 8, Morgan Schmitz 10, Taylor Sagedahl 12, Makenna Steffel 20, Makayla Snow 6, Brenna Weis 4, Morgan Flann 2 ... 3-point shots: Gass 2, Sagedahl 1

CANBY - Scoring: Sara Hansen 3, Morgan Viessman 10, Natalie Dinius 23, Sydney Sisk 11, Kaylee Leppke 6, Alyssa Beckus 4, Haley Varcoe 4, Norah King 4 ... 3-point shots: Hansen 1, Dinius 4, Sisk 1 ... Rebound leader: Dinius 10

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