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Boys Basketball Willmar 85, St. Cloud Apollo 74 Benson 62, Hancock 52 Montevideo 76, Dawson-Boyd 59 Watertown-Mayer 60, Litchfield 42 Girls Basketball Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 62, Paynesville 42 West Central Championship Albany 65, Yellow Medicine East 29 Section 2A-North Buffalo Lake-Hector 51, Sleepy Eye 45 Section 3A-North Canby 70, Central Minnesota Christian 47 Renville County West 68, Lake Benton 38
HANCOCK -- Despite not making a three-pointer, Benson had enough firepower to drop Hancock 62-52 in a non-conference game Thursda night. The Braves (17-4) went 0-for-9 from long distance, but made up for it by edging the Owls by shooting 48 percent from the field, compared to 40 percent for Hancock. The teams combined for just 25 fouls, which lead to few free throws for either team.
The individual section wrestling tournaments for all area teams begin today and conclude Saturday at various sites. The top two wrestlers in each weight classs qualify for the state meet March 2-4 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
ALBANY -- A strong second half helped Albany claim the West Central inter-conference playoff crown Thursday as the Huskies posted a 65-29 win over Yellow Medicine East. The North champion Huskies (23-1) led 25-19 at halftime before outscoring YME, the South winners, 40-10 in the second half.
HECTOR -- Buffalo Lake-Hector beat Sleepy Eye for the third time this season, which kept the Mustangs' postseason alive with a 51-45 win in their Section 2A-North girls basketball opener Thursday. BLH (6-19) held a 25-23 edge at halftime. Leah Ashburn posted a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Mustangs, who will play at No. 1-seed Cedar Mountain Tuesday. Alyssa Kubesh added 11 points. BL-Hector 51, Sleepy Eye 45 Sleepy Eye 23 22 -- 45 BL-Hector (6-19) 25 26 -- 51 SLEEPY EYE - 19-51 FG (2-7 3 pt); 5-7 FT; 23 rebounds; 18 fouls ...
The girls basketball postseason starts today with three area teams in action. No. 8 seed Buffalo Lake-Hector (5-19) will host No. 9 Sleepy Eye at 7 p.m. in the Section 2A-North playoffs. Renville will be the site for the opening round of the Section 3A-North playoffs. No. 6 Renville County West (11-11) plays No. 11 Lake Benton at 6 p.m. with No. 7 Canby taking on No. 10 Central Minnesota Christian (1-19) at 7:30 p.m.
The Willmar Cardinals (8-7, 11-10) will host St. Cloud Apollo (12-3, 16-4) in a Central Lakes Conference boys basketball game at 7:30 p.m. today.
Kayla Karnes of Ridgewater College has been named Southern Division Player of the Week in women's basketball. The freshman guard from New London-Spicer averaged 10 points, five assists and two steals as Ridgewater won consecutive road games at MSCTC-Fergus Falls and Minneapolis to tie for the division title.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Apollo at Willmar Alexandria at Little Falls Brainerd at Rocori Fergus Falls at St. Cloud Tech CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Watertown-Mayer CAMDEN NORTH Renville County West at Canby NON-CONFERENCE Benson at Hancock Dawson-Boyd at Montevideo Girls Basketball SECTION 2A-NORTH Sleepy Eye at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7 p.m. SECTION 3A-NORTH At Renville Renville County West vs.
MARSHALL -- A quick start didn't hold as the Willmar boys basketball team fell to Marshall 71-66 in non-conference action Tuesday. The Cardinals (11-10) jumped out to a 10-point advantage in the first few minutes of the game, but Marshall (19-5) fought back to forge a 30-30 score at halftime. "We had a great start, but we were unable to close the deal tonight," said Willmar coach Steve Grove. Fouls plagued the Cardinals during the game, running up 28 total and giving the Tigers 37 free throws, which were converted into 26 points. In the end, three Willmar players fouled out. "We were play