Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Minnewaska girls basketball teams are trending in the right direction as the season nears it's final turn of the regular season. The Jaguars and the Lakers have both been on a hot streak since the calendar flipped but Curt and Jake discuss the one thing keeping those teams from a state tournament run. On the other side of things is Willmar who may have a bright future ahead due to a less than stellar section.
Jake and Curt recap boys basketball including Central Minnesota Christian's narrow loss to No. 1 Minneapolis North and discuss their last stretch of games. MACCRAY is one of the teams on the schedule for the Bluejays and they are putting on an offensive clinic, scoring 190 points in the last two games. Curt also pontificates on Montevideo's recent hot stretch.
WILLMAR — For the second time in as many games, the Willmar defense swarmed Rocori en route a win. Heidi Sellman scored 13 points, Grace Sawyer added 12 points and Hannah Johnson added 10 points in the Cardinals' 62-32 victory. Willmar held the Spartans to 27 percent shooting just four days after allowing them just 22 points. "Tough to play a team back-to-back games without having a big slide, but our girls came ready to play," Cardinals head coach Dustin Carlson said. Caryl Wedel nearly had a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
BIRD ISLAND — BOLD's Mason Mages scored 27 points as his team fell victim to an overtime comeback by Mayer Lutheran, 94-89, on Tuesday night. Mages helped guide the Warriors to a commanding 41-31 first half lead thanks to some hot shooting. The second half was a different story, however, as Mayer Lutheran outscored BOLD 52-42 to force an overtime period. The Crusaders took advantage of the extra session, outscoring the Warriors 11-6 to take the victory.
KERKHOVEN - KMS opened the match with two quick pins, two forfeits and two major decisions to take command of a 49-21 victory over ACGC in a dual match on Tuesday. Will Magaard (106) and Kyle Meyer (113) both won by fall and Jacob Carlson and Jonathan Tostenson both posted major decisions as the Saints ran out to a 32-point edge in the first six matches. Shane Whitcomb (145) and Cullen Lewis earned ACGC points at 145 and 170 pounds. KMS 49, ACGC 21 106: Will Magaard, K, pin Kelvin Andrade-Ponce 0:35
CALLAWAY — The Willmar girls Nordic ski team took eighth place in a 12-team field and the Cardinals boys placed 12th at the Section 8AA meet on Tuesday at the Maplelag Resort. The Brainerd boys placed first with 380 points, Little Falls was second with 371 and St. Cloud Cathedral was third with 350. The Little Falls girls won with 386 points, followed by Bemidji (370) and Moorhead (336). Little Falls' Hunter Zupko won the boys race in 30 minutes, 03.76 seconds and Cathedral-Sartell's Alex Nemeth was second in 30:54.89.
GROVE CITY — MACCRAY and ACGC played a high-scoring first half but only the Wolverines were able to keep up the pace in the second, putting up 53 points after the break and winning 102-72 on Monday. MACCRAY's been on a hot streak the last two games. The Wolverines have been averaging about 60 points per game but have put up 190 in their last two games and won by an average margin of 36 points. Five Wolverines scored in double figures Monday, led by Jackson Grussing with 27 points.
MORRIS — The notion of an upset was in the air Monday night but ultimately the Melrose boys basketball team remained undefeated with a 67-53 win over Morris/Chokio-Alberta. The Tigers started the first half with a hot hand, hitting six three-pointers in the first half. They matched Melrose (20-0) almost shot-for-shot and went into the locker room trailing 32-31.
WILLMAR — Montevideo's Andrew Sweeney made two free throws in the final seconds and the Thunder Hawks were able to successfully defend Willmar's last-ditch attempts to tie in a 64-61 victory on Saturday at Willmar High School. After a 3-7 start to the season, the Thunder Hawks have won three straight game and five of their last six, the only loss in that stretch coming in overtime against Sauk Centre. The 8-8 T-Hawks look to extend their winning streak against Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Montevideo.
MONTEVIDEO — Minnewaska shot the lights out in a big win over West Central Conference rival Montevideo. Carley Stewart was unstoppable on the night, scoring 28 points for the Lakers. Teammate Bayley Pooler also put up some strong numbers with 22 points of her own. On the other side of the court, Montevideo's Molly Reeves racked up 25 points and Abby Olson tacked on 22. Also in this girls basketball roundup, Litchfield, BOLD and KMS came away with victories on Friday night. Minnewaska 88, Montevideo 72 Minnewaska (13-6) 44 44 — 88