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BENSON -- Yellow Medicine East stopped Benson's eight-game winning streak cold with a 43-33 win in West Central South Conference girls' basketball action Tuesday night. The win vaulted the Sting (8-3, 11-8) back into a tie with the Braves (8-3, 13-6) for first place in the league. Benson held an 18-13 lead at halftime, but YME's defense flustered the Braves, holding them to 21 percent (11 of 52) shooting from the field and only 1 of 11 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Sting offense more than doubled its output -- 30 points in the second half -- from the first 18 minutes (13 points).
CLARA CITY -- Hilary Groothuis drained a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to break a 51-51 tie and send MACCRAY to a 53-51 win over Dawson-Boyd on Tuesday in a battle for the Camden North Conference lead. The Blackjacks, who beat MACCRAY 48-44 in an earlier meeting this season, couldn't get a shot off at the other end. The win put MACCRAY at 9-2 in the Camden while the Blackjacks fell a notch to 8-3. Dawson-Boyd led 28-23 at halftime thanks in large part to four treys delivered by Britta Helgeson, which accounted for all her points in the game. The second half featured a battle of
FERGUS FALLS -- When Willmar needed her the most, Katie Holmgren came through. The 6-foot senior forward scored six of the Cardinals' last eight points to lead Willmar to a 45-43 overtime win against Fergus Falls in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball Tuesday. The win kept Willmar (11-2, 15-4) one game behind St. Cloud Tech for the CLC lead. The Otters (10-3, 14-3) fell back to third. Willmar lost to Fergus Falls 42-37 on Dec.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar and St. Cloud Apollo battled to a 2-2 draw Tuesday night in Central Lakes Conference boys hockey. Apollo's Joe Hartman's unassisted goal with 47 seconds left in regulation sent the game into the eight-minute overtime. Hartman's shot flicked off Willmar goalie Jeff Reed (29 saves), hit the right pipe and went in. Both teams launched four shots on goal in sudden death. "It was a good effort," said coach Reed Larson, whose team lost 5-3 to the Eagles in Willmar.
GRANITE FALLS -- Prior to overtime MACCRAY made only nine free throws in 16 attempts. Then, in the extra session the Wolverines went 18-for-21 at the free-throw line to edge Yellow Medicine East 81-73 in a non-conference contest Tuesday. MACCRAY (11-7) led 32-27 at halftime before the Sting (9-9) forced the four-minute overtime session. Matt Condon led MACCRAY with his double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds -- both game-high totals.
Boys Basketball MACCRAY 81, Yellow Medicine East 73 Cedar Mountain 66, Buffalo Lake-Hector 43 Litchfield 53, Little Falls 51 Morris 57, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 55 Redwood 82, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 71 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 78, Paynesville 52 New London-Spicer 66, Montevideo 55 St.
Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Minnesota West at Ridgewater, 6 p.m. Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Minnesota West at Ridgewater, 8 p.m.
WABASSO -- Pins by Pat LeVasseur at 112 pounds and heavyweight Ben Aaseth propelled BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector to a 35-27 non-conference win over Wabasso Tuesday night. The Warriors (19-4) also got a forfeit and major decisions by Tom Brenner at 119 and Mark Revier at 140.
WILLMAR -- Brandt Haglund's technical fall at 130 pounds kicked off a Willmar rally that concluded with Jake Lefever's pin at heavyweight to cap a 40-27 win in Central Lakes Conference wrestling. The victory was Willmar's eighth in nine CLC matches. The only loss was to Little Falls, the undefeated conference champion. The Cardinals conclude their regular-season schedule on Thursday hosting Litchfield. Willmar trailed 15-6 after four matches. Haglund's fall would start a 7-2 Willmar run. Drew Larson contributed a 24-second pin.
Tomahawk Cedar Mountain 93, Buffalo Lake-Hector 36 Cedar Mountain (12-3, 17-2) scored 55 points in the second half and sank 10 three-pointers. Leah Ashburn scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead BLH (3-11, 5-15). Alyssa Kubesh followed with seven points and nine boards. BL-Hector (3-11, 5-15)........12 24 -- 36 Cedar Mt. (12-3, 17-2)........38 55 -- 93 BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR - 15-61 FG (4-21 3 pt); 4-13 FT; 39 rebounds; 7 fouls ... Scoring: Leah Ashburn 20, Bobbi Jo Deal 2, Alison Benson 4, Karissa Scharmer 1, Nicole Horstman 2, Alyssa Kubesh 7 ...