BENSON -- Aaron Hagen amassed a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Joey Fragodt netted 21 points to help Benson beat Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 74-61 in a non-conference game Tuesday. The Fighting Saints (15-10) led for the first six minutes of the game, but Benson (18-4) came roaring back by piecing together a 46-11 run that carried over into the second half.
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Boys Basketball Waconia 63, Litchfield 54 Willmar 46, Rocori 43 Benson 74, KMS 61 Girls Basketball Section 2A-North Cedar Mountain 96, Buffalo Lake-Hector 50 Section 3A-North Lincoln HI 51, Dawson-Boyd 49 Section 3AA-North Lac qui Parle Valley 62, Benson 51 MACCRAY 49, Yellow Medicine East 42 Section 5AA-20 New London-Spicer 57, Paynesville 48 Maple Lake 76, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 56 Section 5AA-17 Glencoe-Silver Lake 71, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 45 Section 6AA-19 Minnewaska 52, Sauk Centre 38 Section 2AAA Litchfield 80, New Ulm 49
The Willmar Cardinals (20-4) are seeded No. 1 in Section 8AAA-South girls basketball and will play host to No. 4 Rocori (3-22) at 7 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals. Also in Willmar's lower bracket, No. 2-North Park Rapids hosts No. 3-North Perham. In the upper bracket, No. 1-North Detroit Lakes (21-3), the defending champions, entertain No. 4-North Thief River Falls and No. 2-South Fergus Falls will host No. 3-South Little Falls.
The Ridgewater College Lady Warriors will play Minneapolis at 7 p.m. Saturday at Minneapolis Technical and Community College for the Region 13A title. The winner advances to the NJCAA Division III Tournament March 17-19 in Utica, N.Y.
Lady Warrior sophomores Terra Billiet and Jenny Cunningham were named to the MCCC all-tournament team. Billiet, a post, averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds in three games. Cunningham, a guard, totaled 10 assists, 13 steals and scored 32 points.
Nine girls basketball playoffs games involving 12 area teams are on tap for today. In the Section 3AA-North semifinals in Montevideo, No. 2 seed MACCRAY meets No. 3 Yellow Medicine East at 6 p.m. with No. 1 Benson and No. 5 Lac qui Parle Valley tipping off around 7:30 p.m. The Section 5AA-20 tournament starts up with No. 2 New London-Spicer hosting No. 7 Paynesville and No. 4 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa hosting No. 5 Maple Lake. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. No. 3 Litchfield in Section 2AAA, No. 3 Minnewaska in Section 6AA-West, No. 3 Dawson-Boyd in Section 3A-North and No.
BELGRADE -- Hancock got 89 percent of its scoring from its starters as the Owls upended Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 73-69 in a non-conference game Monday. Nick Giese paced Hancock (6-17) with 26 points with fellow starters Casey Gramm following with 14, Nathan Hacker 11, Tanner Gramm eight and Nate Holleman six. Turnovers plagued BBE (8-17) in the second half as the Owls' 43-38 lead at halftime stood up. BBE's starting five of Matt McCleary (19), Darren Braegelman (18), Jordan Weller (13), Andy Hadley (12) and Michael Rodgers (3) also combined to score 65 of their team's points.
(Starting times approximately 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Rocori Sauk Rapids at Brainerd St. Cloud Apollo at Fergus Falls St. Cloud Tech at Little Falls WRIGHT COUNTY Waconia at Litchfield NON-CONFERENCE Eden Valley-Watkins vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Benson, 5:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Section 2A-North QUARTERFINALS TODAY 1. BL-Hector at Cedar Mountain, 7 p.m. 2. Lester Prairie at Holy Trinity, 7 p.m. 3. McLeod West at Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, 7 p.m. 4.
Boys Basketball Hancock 73, BBE 69 Monte 76, SC Cathedral 65 Minnewaska 62, Morris 35 GFW 72, BOLD 44