REDWOOD FALLS -- Bolting to a 13-0 lead, the Litchfield Dragons were in control all the way defeating Redwood Valley 83-54 on Monday in non-conference girls basketball. Becky Smith poured in 20 points followed by Emily Davis with 17 and Brittany Euerle with 11 for the Dragons. Litchfield's halftime total -- 53 points on 20-of-33 shooting -- and final output were both season highs. The Dragons' full-court press produced 25 Redwood Valley turnovers, including 15 steals. The Cardinals (6-13) suffered their sixth straight defeat. Thirteen players scored for Redwood Valley on Parents Night.
MADISON -- Brady VanderVelde netted 27 points to lead a group of four players that scored in double figures for Lac qui Parle Valley Monday in the Eagles' 75-66 non-conference win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. The Eagles (10-7) also got 12 points apiece from Adam Paulson, Jameson Siegert and R.J. Strand. The Eagles didn't make a three-pointer for the first time this season, but KMS (13-7) shot only 42 percent from the field.
BENSON -- Benson's Daniel Fragodt tied the area's season-high scoring mark with 38 points to lead the Braves to an 87-65 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in non-conference action Monday. Fragodt, who scored 19 points in each half, made 15-of-24 shots from the field and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. Jordan Holte of Minnewaska set the mark Jan. 28 against Staples-Motley. Joey Fragodt added 18 points for Benson (12-3), which had 10 players score at least one point.
GROVE CITY -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City improved to 19-3 on the season in dual meets after beating New London-Spicer 39-14 and MACCRAY 60-9 in the ACGC Triangular Monday. The other dual saw New London-Spicer clip MACCRAY 47-24. The Wildcats' record now sits at 11-5 while the Wolverines fell to 1-20. ACGC 39, NL-Spicer 14 A.J.
Late result Saturday Non-Conference MBA 15, Crosby-Ironton 0 Mitchell Kleespies, Tony Schultz and Kevin Moses had two goals each as Morris/Benson consistently pounded Crosby-Ironton, scoring five goals in each period. Josh Griffith added a goal and three assists and Schultz had an assist. The Storm finished with 48 shots on goal, while goalie Mitch Grunig turned away three for the shutout victory. Crosby-Ironton 0 0 0 -- 0 Morris/Benson 5 5 5 -- 15 FIRST PERIOD - MBA: Mitchell Kleespies (Jake Knutson) 2:30 ... MBA: Jay Andrews (Tony Schultz) 4:01 ...
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE St. Cloud Cathedral vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City Little Falls at Litchfield New London-Spicer at Montevideo Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Morris Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at Paynesville Redwood Valley at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton MACCRAY vs.
Boys Basketball Lac qui Parle Valley 75, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 66 BOLD 78, Buffalo Lake-Hector 69 Dawson-Boyd 94, Lincoln HI 58 Benson 87, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 65 Girls Basketball Litchfield 83, Redwood Valley 54 Ortonville 81, Montevideo 69 Wrestling Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Triangular Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 39, New London-Spicer 14 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 60, MACCRAY 9 New London-Spicer 47, MACCRAY 24
NEW LONDON -- In a Saturday night surprise, Morris upset New London-Spicer 72-59 in boys basketball, snapping a 13-game Wildcats' win streak. The Tigers -- especially Taylor Witt -- trampled the Wildcats with 53 percent shooting and were also proficient at slipping through the NLS full-court pressure. Witt, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored a season-high 36 points. He sank all four of his team's treys in just eight attempts. Fouling him was lethal: he canned 14 of 15 at the free-throw line. "He was awesome," said senior forward Andy Lembcke, who had 12 points and nine rebounds.
WILLMAR --With Dante Bogard striking for 23 points and Travis Epema pulling down 13 rebounds, the Ridgewater Warriors rolled over Riverland 64-46 Saturday to keep their post-season hopes alive. The Warriors (3-5, 8-12) play host to Minnesota West (2-5, 9-11) on Wednesday. Ridgewater, Minnesota West and Anoka-Ramsey are fighting for the fourth and final playoff bid out of Southern Division of the Minnesota Community College Conference. Bogard, a 6-foot-3 sophomore wing from Omaha, made 9-of-15 shots, including 3-of-6 three-pointers.
WILLMAR -- After crushing Riverland 65-38 Saturday, the Ridgewater Lady Warriors have three games left on the schedule. The issue is not getting into the Minnesota Community College final eight but earning the No. 1 seed out of the South. The Lady Warriors (5-2, 14-6) are chasing Minneapolis (7-0, 16-4). Ridgewater hosts Minnesota West (3-3, 10-11) on Wednesday looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Bluejays. The Lady Warriors finish on the road at Fergus Falls and Minneapolis before hosting the state tournament Feb.