OLIVIA -- Benson took control of the West Central South Conference race with a 59-44 win over BOLD Thursday. Coupled with a Yellow Medicine East lost to Lac qui Parle Valley Thursday, the Braves (7-2, 12-5) jumped ahead of of the Sting (7-3, 10-8) in the standings. Benson used a second-half surge to pull away from a 32-26 halftime lead, outscoring the Warriors (3-6, 5-13) 27-18. Emily Jensen scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Braves.
Boys Basketball Lake Benton 67, Dawson-Boyd 44 Benson 74, Ortonville 64 Girls Basketball Willmar 50, Brainerd 37 Litchfield 66, Mound-Westonka 45 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 64, Maple Lake 55 MACCRAY 49, Renville County West 47 Ortonville 46, Morris/Chokio-Alberta 38 New London-Spicer 38, Sauk Centre 20 Lac qui Parle Valley 52, Yellow Medicine East 29 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 71, Montevideo 50 Benson 59, BOLD 44 Canby 79, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 66 Wrestling Little Falls 50, Willmar 6 River Valley 54, Redwood Valley 15 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Triangular Be
(All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Tech at Willmar Fergus Falls at Alexandria Brainerd at Sartell Little Falls at St. Cloud Apollo Rocori at Sauk Rapids WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Lac qui Parle Valley vs. BOLD at Bird Island Yellow Medicine East at Morris Area WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska at Albany Sauk Centre at New London-Spicer Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at St. Cloud Cathedral Paynesville at Melrose CAMDEN NORTH Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Canby Lakeview vs.
Results Thurday West Central Melrose 142.725, Paynesville 120.375 ALL-AROUND - (1) Dana Dierkhising, Mel, 37.475 (2) Simone Haider, Mel, 35.3 (3) Ashley Wehlage, Mel, 34.6 (4) Kacy Nehowig, Pay, 32.85 (5) Anna Kotten, Pay, 32.825 VAULT - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 9.5 BARS - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 8.9 ... (3) Kotten, Pay, 8.225 BEAM - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 9.425 ... (4) Nehowig, Pay, 8.1 FLOOR - (1) Dierkhising, Mel, 9.65
Results Thursday BBE Quadrangular Tyler Rath at 119/125 pounds and Travis Rath at 140 both pinned their opponents in all three matches for Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Team scores BBE 44, Morris/Hancock 28 Parkers Prairie 45, BBE 34 Sauk Centre 41, BBE 34 How area wrestlers fared Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, falls) Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 103: Danelle Baker 0-3... 112: Anthony Rooney 1-2 .... 119-125: Tyler Rath 3-0 (3) ... 119-125: Cole Tensen 1-2 (1) ... 130: Danny Borgerding 2-1 (2) ... 135: Austin Kampsen 2-1 ... 140: Travis Rath 3-0 (3) ... 145: Aaron Rooney 1-0 ...
BENSON -- Taking advantage of Ortonville's turnovers and fouls led Benson to a 74-64 win in non-conference boys basketball action Thursday. The Braves (11-3) made 23-of-37 free throws. Daniel Fragodt had the greatest share of those, sinking 17 of 22. He finished with a game-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Joey Fragodt added 18 points and eight boards, and Aaron Hagen had 10 points and eight rebounds. Benson 74, Ortonville 64 Ortonville (1-15) 26 38 -- 64 Benson (11-3) 30 44 -- 74 ORTONVILLE - 25-57 FG (4-13 3 pt); 10-26 FT; rebounds not available; 25 fouls ...
RENVILLE -- MACCRAY held off Renville County West 49-47 Thursday behind Hilary Groothuis' 21 points to stay on top of the Camden North Conference. MACCRAY and Lakeview, 55-30 winners over Central Minnesota Christian, both improved to 8-2 in the conference, the same mark as idle Dawson-Boyd. Groothuis capped the scoring with a free throw in the closing seconds. Renville County West (4-7, 10-8) had the game's final possession, but couldn't get off a shot. Megan Groen scored a game-high 26 points to keep the Jaguars close.
SAUK CENTRE -- Sparked by Renae Henjum's triple-double of 13 points, 12 blocks and 11 rebounds, New London-Spicer won its sixth straight game Thursday by beating Sauk Centre 38-20 in the West Central North Conference. In the first meeting of the season New London-Spicer won 50-21 on Dec. 22 after holding Sauk Centre to four points in the first half. On Thursday, the Wildcats (9-2, 16-6) limited Sauk Centre (2-8, 6-12) to just three points in the opening half and led 37-10 with 3:32 remaining. The Wildcats' balanced attack also got eight steals, six points and four assists from Cassidy Vogt.
ST. JOSEPH - Ridgewater almost bounced back from a slow start, but the JV team from St. Benedict fought off the Lady Warriors to post a 52-48 win Wednesday. The Lady Warriors (13-6) fell behind 30-16 at halftime, but then went to a press on defense to get back into the game. Ridgewater had the ball underneath the basket with 12 seconds left, trailing 50-48, but turned the ball over on a bad pass. "It was an awful first half," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl.
Willmar and Little Falls meet tonight in Little Falls to decide the Central Lakes Conference outright leader. Both teams are 7-0 in league duals and each has one remaining CLC match next Tuesday. Little Falls (20-4) is ranked No. 3 in Class AA by The Guillotine. Willmar (10-6) is unranked in Class AAA.