SARTELL -- Willmar outscored Sartell 43-20 in the second half to bounce back from a slow start and had four players score in double figures en route to posting a 64-44 win in the Central Lakes Conference Tuesday. Sartell (3-8, 4-11) led for entire first half as the Cardinals (9-2, 14-3) couldn't find their shooting touch. Willmar then took advantage of Sartell's miscues to open the second half to pull ahead and finished shooting a torrid 59 percent from the field (27-of-46). "It was a tale of two halves," said Willmar coach Steve Grove.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Redwood Valley suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday as Marshall toppled the No. 8 team in Class AA, 75-67, in Southwest Conference boys basketball action. The Tigers (8-1, 11-5) are now a game ahead of the Cardinals (7-1, 15-1) in the win column for the conference lead. Redwood Valley defeated Marshall 107-102 in double overtime in the first meeting Dec. 12 in Marshall. Marshall maximized the effect of 20 Redwood Valley fouls, canning 22 of 29 from the line.
LICHFIELD -- Peter Zender poured in 22 points and Litchfield knocked off Class AAA No. 2-rated Waconia 53-46 in a Wright County Conference boys basketball game Tuesday night. The Dragons (4-3, 6-9) trailed 26-24 at halftime before mounting a second-half comeback. "We played pretty well defensively," said Litchfield coach John Carlson. "Our 2-3 zone denied them open looks outside and we kept them in check inside, too." Mike Bruesewitz added 17 points and 12 rebounds.
CLARA CITY -- MACCRAY moved into a tie for the lead in the Camden North Conference by upending Lakeview 69-61 Tuesday. MACCRAY (7-3, 9-5), which led by as much as 20, pulled into a virtual tie for the lead in the conference. Justin Koenen had 15 points, Zach Thissen 13 and Jay Hilbrands 12 to ignite the Wolverines, who overcame a 9-for-21 performance at the free-throw line in the second half.
Boys Basketball Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 89, Yellow Medicine East 73 Buffalo Lake-Hector 71, Sleepy Eye 60 Central Minnesota Christian 50, Renville County West 33 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 55, Dawson-Boyd 40 Litchfield 56, Waconia 46 MACCRAY 69, Lakeview 61 Marshall 75, Redwood Valley 67 Minnewaska 68, St.
College Wrestling Ellsworth, Iowa, at Ridgewater, 7 p.m.
ST. PETER -- Hilary Groothuis scored a game-high 24 points, but a slow start was too hard for Ridgewater to overcome as the Lady Warriors fell 62-54 Tuesday to the Gustavus JV team. Ridgewater (9-10) fell behind 31-18 at halftime and trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half. The Lady Warriors did piece together a rally to get within four, but they then missed "five or six" free throws in a row while the Gusties pulled away. Gustavus also beat Ridgewater 52-45 on Nov.
ST. PETER -- The Ridgewater Warriors dropped their 12th straight game, falling to the Gustavus Adolphus JV 71-55 on Tuesday. "The Gusties get tremendous play in the pivot," said Warriors coach Bob Knutson. "They are a very good team. They've improved a lot since the first time we played." David Johnson led Ridgewater with 22 points.
WILLMAR -- Brainerd handed Willmar a 140.9-132.55 setback in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics on Tuesday. Overshadowing the loss was an injury to top all-arounder Annalise Bratt, who pulled an adominal muscle during the uneven bars. She was unable to compete in the final two events and her status is unknown for the conference meet on Saturday. Beth Pollack scored 34.25 for third all-around. Brainerd's Maggie Freiday finished first with a 36.75 all-around.
WILLMAR -- Alexandria scored all of its goals in the second period en route to a 6-0 victory over Willmar in Central Lakes Conference girls hockey Tursday. Abby Schueller stopped all 14 shots she faced in the Willmar net in the first period, but Alexandria finally broke through at 4:22 of the second stanza to start a six-goal explosion.