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.
Lisa Nielsen, Willmar junior forward, was named Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in girls basketball. In a win at Sauk Rapids Jan. 13, she scored nine points with eight rebounds, three steals and three assists.
All events 7:30 p.m. unless noted) Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Ortonville at Benson Dawson-Boyd at Lake Benton Osakis at Hancock Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Brainerd Alexandria at Sauk Rapids Fergus Falls at Rocori Little Falls at Sartell St. Cloud Apollo at St. Cloud Tech WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City Benson vs. BOLD at Olivia Yellow Medicine East at Lac qui Parle Valley WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Sauk Centre Melrose at St.
The Willmar Cardettes placed fifth in Jazz/Funk and sixth in High Kick at the Central Lakes Conference Danceline Competition Saturday in St. Cloud. Brainerd was first in High Kick and St. Cloud first in Jazz/Funk. Earning all-conference honors for Willmar were Allie Ellingson and Leslie Marcus in High Kick with Sara Oestrich and Jessica Simons honorable mention. Oestrich and was all-conference in Jazz/Funk with Ellingson and Kinda Seifert honorable mention. Willmar will compete in the section competition Saturday in Elk River.
ALEXANDRIA -- After two great efforts in the past two weeks, Willmar was unable to raise its level against the powerful Alexandria team which won a Central Lakes dual meet 109-64 Tuesday. Matt Fuglestad had a personal best to win the 200 individual medley (2:13.04).
BRAINERD -- Caitlin Cooreman of Willmar won the all-around competition, but Willmar succumbed to Brainerd 143-128.4 in a Central Lakes Conference meet Tuesday. The 128.4 marked a season-high for the Cardinals, whose previous best was 126.6 at Little Falls. Cooreman was first on vault (9.55), second on floor exercise (9.375), second on beam (8.95) and sixth on bars (8.0) for a 35.875.
BENSON -- Benson held off the Morris Tigers in the second half to capture an important West Central South Conference win 68-66 on Tuesday. Benson (6-2, 10-3) stayed within striking distance of Montevideo (7-0, 14-1), which defeated BOLD Tuesday night, in the South race.
PAYNESVILLE -- New London-Spicer remained unbeaten in the West Central North Conference after limiting Paynesville to just 10 points in the second half in its 60-47 win Tuesday. The Wildcats got a balanced scoring attack after Todd Herman, the team's leading scorer, fouled out with nine points. Brian Pieh had 11 points and Tim Dreier had 10. Cory Nietfeld had a game-high 17 points for Paynesville. NLS 60, Paynesville 47 NL-Spicer (9-0, 16-1) 39 21 -- 60 Paynesville (3-6, 6-8) 37 10 -- 47 NEW LONDON-SPICER - 22 FG (3 3 pt); 13-22 FT; rebounds not available; 16 fouls ...
RENVILLE -- Two free throws lifted Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg into a four-way tie for the Camden North Conference lead with a 69-67 win over Renville County West Tuesday. Justin Johnson was fouled with three seconds remaining and sank both tosses to cement the victory for the Fighting Saints (6-3, 12-6), who share the lead with MACCRAY, Lakeview and Central Minnesota Christian. Jared Johnson led four KMS players in double figures with 15 points.