KERKHOVEN -- In two of the last three games for Yellow Medicine East, Kenton Johnson has been the go-to guy. Friday against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (15-9), Johnson hit a 14-footer with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Sting (12-11) to a 69-67 non-conference win. Johnson was also responsible for YME's 54-53 win over Pipestone on Feb. 18. He made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left in that game. After trailing 33-25 at halftime, YME erased the deficit in the first four minutes of the second half to take a 40-39 lead. Johnson and Luke Berg led the Sting with 18 points each.
MONTEVIDEO -- Tyler Grey pumped in 18 points and Montevideo shot only 50 percent from the field as the Thunder Hawks beat Dawson-Boyd 76-59 in a non-conference game Thursday. Grey netted 16 of his points in the first half to help Montevideo (18-3) stake a comfortable 44-30 lead at halftime.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Albany BOLD at New London-Spicer Lac qui Parle Valley vs. MACCRAY at Clara City Yellow Medicine East vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven SOUTHWEST Redwood Valley at Worthington Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Sauk Rapids at Willmar Brainerd at Alexandria Fergus Falls at Little Falls Sartell at St.
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.