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WILLMAR -- In a span of just over four minutes midway through the second half, Willmar turned a 10-point deficit into a lead, taking advantage of 12 second-half turnovers committed by Central Lakes Conference co-leader Fergus Falls to post a 54-46 win Tuesday. Things didn't look so bright for Willmar to begin the second half as the Cardinals committed three turnovers in a span of 70 seconds.
Hancock senior guard Tara Thielke and Montevideo senior forward Brook Moseng recently saw long individual streaks end. Thielke had made at least one 3-pointer in each of the Owls' first 16 games before she failed to connect from long range in Hancock's win at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Jan. 25.
WILLMAR -- Sartell rallied from a 12-point deficit by outscoring Willmar 18-3 in the final 12:15 of the game and got 26 points from Maggie Bryant as the Sabres stunned Willmar with a 47-44 win in the Central Lakes Conference Tuesday. Willmar, which saw its four-game winning streak in the CLC end, ended the first half on a 8-1 run to take a 28-21 lead into halftime.
WILLMAR -- With the help of 21 Sauk Rapids turnovers that produced 19 points for Willmar, the Cardinals drubbed the Storm 66-52 Friday in the Central Lakes Conference. Senior center Lisa Nielsen scored eight of her game-high 22 points off Sauk Rapids turnovers to help the Cardinals (3-4, 6-7) win for the third time in the last four games. Willmar improved to .500 on the season, a plateau it hadn't been at since Dec. 29. The first half went back-and-forth as neither team led by more than six points.
Earning a pin in your varsity wrestling debut can create lasting memories. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg freshman Kurt Timmons accomplished the feat earlier this season, although his first-ever match was delayed two years. KMS coach Wes Haglund figured Timmons could be a key component for the Fighting Saints at 103 pounds as a seventh grader. But an unexpected turn of events in the spring of 2004 changed the outlook of Timmons' future. Timmons had come home after competing at a National Youth Wrestling Association tournament in Rochester and his father, David, had noticed a bump on Kurt's neck.
WILLMAR -- Four players scored in double figures for Willmar, including a career-high 19 points from sophomore Kelsey Evans, as the Cardinals rolled past Rocori 80-45 in the Central Lakes Conference Tuesday. The 80 points was a season high for Willmar, which had previously scored 69 points in a win against Hutchinson on Dec.
WILLMAR -- With the help of six 3-pointers in the first half, three each from Kyle Townswick and Michael Dunham who combined to score 34 points, Willmar upended Moorhead 66-55 in a non-conference boys basketball game Saturday afternoon. There were seven lead changes and two ties in the game's first 12 minutes be-fore the Cardinals (9-2) went into halftime holding a slim 30-26 lead. Moorhead (6-2) led by as many as six points in the first half, but Willmar bounced back behind the outside shooting of Townswick and Dunham and some long-range jumpers from Matt Seehusen and Casey Sussenguth.
WILLMAR -- From the get-go, Macie Michelson and Marshall were too much for Willmar Tuesday. Michelson, who recently signed to play Division I at South Dakota State University, netted 22 points to help the Tigers post a 63-43 win over the Cardinals in a non-conference girls basketball game. Marshall (6-3) employed a full-court press and pressure defense from the start and it gave the Cardinals (4-6) fits.
WILLMAR -- After taking advantage of getting to the free-throw line numerous times, Willmar outlasted defending champion New London-Spicer 70-56 Thursday in the final of the Willmar Bremer Bank Holiday Classic. The Cardinals, who advanced to the final by getting two free throws from senior guard Kyle Townswick with no time left against Becker on Wednesday, shot a torrid 87 percent (26-for-30) from the charity stripe.
WILLMAR -- For a while, New London-Spicer had more turnovers than field goals. Fortunately for the Wildcats, it didn't matter too much because Duluth Central couldn't find its shooting touch. In the end, a second-half surge helped the Wildcats upend Duluth Central 60-44 in the semifinals of the Willmar Bremer Bank Holiday Classic Wednesday. New London-Spicer (5-2) will now face Willmar (6-2) in the final today at approximately 7:45 p.m. It will be the seventh time in 11 seasons the two will meet in the championship.