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SARTELL -- Willmar patiently picked apart the Sartell defense en route to a 69-56 win in Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball action Tuesday night. It was the most points Willmar has scored this season. Katie Holmgren led a three-pronged Cardinals' attack with 23 points. Willmar shot 54 percent from the field. "We shot the ball great from the perimeter," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison. "Holmgren had her game of the year. Most of her baskets were from the elbow and beyond.
GROVE CITY -- Nikki Linn drained four 3-pointers and Benson shot just under 50 percent from the field Tuesday as the Braves moved into a tie for the lead in the West Central South Conference by upending Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 51-39. Benson is now 6-2 in the loop, while Yellow Medicine East dropped to 5-2 with a loss to Morris/Chokio-Alberta. Linn hit all four of the Braves' three-pointers to finish with a team-high 15 points. Brittany Holm followed with 11 points and also pocketed five steals.
HANCOCK -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg cashed in on the chances down the stretch and halted Hancock's seven-game winning streak with a 67-64 overtime win in non-conference girls basketball action Tuesday. The Fighting Saints (10-4) made only 7-of-11 free throws, but two of them came at the end of overtime when Patina Queenan gave KMS a three-point lead with nine seconds left. A Sara Carlson basket with 20 seconds left in OT gave KMS a 65-62 lead, but Hancock's Tara Thielke made two free throws to cut the lead to one. Esther Peterson paced the Saints with 16 points, followed by Queenan's 13.
LITCHFIELD -- Waconia held Litchfield to just two points in the second half Tuesday en route to handing the Dragons a 43-20 loss in a battle of Wright County Conference co-leaders. Waconia (7-1, 12-4) led 27-18 at halftime before surrendering just one field goal -- made by Natalie Devine -- to Litchfield (6-2, 12-4). The Dragons were 9-for-34 from the field. Emily Davis led Litchfield with 10 points. Waconia 43, Litchfield 20 Waconia (7-1, 12-4)..............27 16 -- 43 Litchfield (6-2, 12-4).............18 2 -- 20 WACONIA - 18-35 FG (0-3 3 pt); 7-11 FT; 24 rebounds; 6 fouls ...
Boys Basketball Redwood Valley 83, New Ulm 66 Lac qui Parle Valley 76, Dawson-Boyd 54 Central Minnesota Christian 61, Yellow Medicine East 59 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 82, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 76 Minnewaska 79, Montevideo 67 New London-Spicer 73, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 62 Waconia 56, Lichfield 33 Renville County West 73, BOLD 68 Benson 56, MACCRAY 40 Girls Basketball Willmar 69, Sartell 56 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 67, Hancock 64 McLeod West 73, Buffalo Lake-Hector 49 Renville County West 73, Canby 49 Melrose 66, Paynesville 44 BOLD 51, Montevideo 49 Howa
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Minneapolis at Ridgewater, 6 p.m. Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Minneapolis at Ridgewater, 8 p.m. Wrestling JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Rochester, 7 p.m.
MELROSE -- The Minnewaska Lakers received the West Central North dual-meet title gift wrapped compliments of the Melrose Dutchmen on Tuesday. The Lakers received eight forfeits and won five of six contested matches to post a 74-4 rout. David Bond at 125 pounds, Colin Cihlar at 152, Alan Erickson at 160, Jarod Jordahl at 171 and Jamie Linman at 189 picked up the contested bouts.
SPICER -- Courtney Edwards scored 35.3 all-around to lead New London-Spicer to a 138.6-134.0 win over Benson/KMS/LQPV Tuesday. Carrie Hanson of Benson/KMS/LQPV was next at 34.55.
GLENWOOD -- Minnewaska shot over 50 percent from the field and put three players in double figures en route to handing Montevideo its first loss in a 79-67 non-conference win Tuesday. The Thunder Hawks, who got a game-high 25 points from Tyler Grey, came in having won their first 11 games of the season. But Minnewaska (4-9) used a strong second half to pull off the stunner. Scott Faehnrich netted 23 points, Jordan Henricks 16 and Jordan Holte 13 for the Lakers.
BENSON -- Benson went on an 18-2 run midway through the second half to open up a close game and defeat MACCRAY 56-40 in a non-conference game Tuesday. Daniel Fragodt had six of his team-high 21 points and Joey Fragodt five of his 15 points during the run. Jesse Holm finished with 14 points. The Braves (8-3) shot 50 percent from the field. Matt Condon had 21 points for the Wolverines (10-6). Benson 56, MACCRAY 40 MACCRAY (10-6) 20 20 -- 40 Benson (8-3) 25 31 -- 56 MACCRAY - 15-34 FG (0-6 3-pt); 10-14 FT; 21 rebounds; 10 fouls ...