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.
MONTEVIDEO -- New London-Spicer broke Montevideo's pressure with ease in the first half Tuesday, leading to a 59-42 win in non-conference girls basketball action. The Wildcats (15-4) stood up to the Thunder Hawks' full-court press with a number of open shots near the basket and finished the first half with a 39-16 lead. Renae Henjum and Jenn Wendlandt posted double-doubles to lead the Wildcats.
KERKHOVEN -- Dawson-Boyd led the entire game and allowed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to shoot just 32 percent from the field as the Blackjacks went on to pick up a 54-49 win Tuesday than allowed them to stay in front of the Camden North Conference. Nikki Swenson led Dawson-Boyd with 20 points. The senior guard was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line down the stretch after KMS had gotten with two.