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Basketball Roundup: Tigers edge county rival Hancock

Morris/C-A senior Camden Arndt looks to score in the paint against Hancock defenders Connor and Cole Reese during the second half of non-conference action Saturday, Feb. 9, at the University of Minnesota Morris in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times1 / 3
Hancock senior Bennett Niehaus floats in the ball over Morris/C-A freshman Jackson Loge during the first half of non-conference action Saturday, Feb. 9, at the University of Minnesota Morris in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 3
Hancock senior Cole Reese hooks a shot up against Morris/C-A senior Camden Arndt during the first half of non-conference action Saturday, Feb. 9, at the University of Minnesota Morris in Morris. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times3 / 3

MORRIS — The unofficial battle for Stevens County was as competitive as advertised.

The Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers edged their nearby rival Hancock in a 79-77 nailbiter Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota-Morris thanks to a big night by senior leader Camden Arndt. Arndt led all scorers with 29 points, knocking down 12 of his 16 shots, and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Entering the game it was clear long-range shooting would be a deciding factor but it was the Tigers, rather than the typically sharpshooting Owls, who got hot from distance. The Tigers shot 52 percent from beyond the arc, including a combined 12 triples from Arndt, Jaret Johnson and Thomas Tiernan. Johnson finished with 18 points and seven boards while Tiernan added 14 points.

The Owls kept freshman center Jackson Loge quiet for the Tigers, holding him to six points, but Loge left an impact nonetheless. He finished with 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Hancock stuck with Morris/CA the entire way, trailing by just one point at halftime. Bennett Ninehaus and Cole Reese provided the firepower, scoring 24 and 23 points, respectively. Nienhaus added five steals while Cole and Connor Reese each recorded seven assists. Peyton Rohloff also had a strong game, scoring eight points with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Morris/CA 79, Hancock 77

Hancock (13-4) 32 45 — 77

Morris/CA (11-8) 33 46 — 79

HANCOCK - Scoring: Bennett Nienhaus 24, Cole Reese 23, Connor Reese 14, Peyton Rohloff 8, Preston Rohloff 4, Brandon Kellenberger 2, Daniel Milander 2 ... 3-point shots: Cole Reese 5, Connor Reese 2, Nienhaus 2 ... Rebound leader: Peyton Rohloff 10 ... Assist leader: Cole Reese 7, Connor Reese 7 ... Steal leader: Nienhaus 5, Connor Reese 3

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Joseph Kleinwolterink 2, Zach Hughes 8, Camden Arndt 29, Jackson Loge 6, Durgin Decker 2, Jaret Johnson 18, Thomas Tiernan 14 ... 3-point shots: Hughes 1, Arndt 4, Johnson 4, Tiernan 4 ... Rebound leader: Arndt 8, Loge 7, Johnson 7 ... Assist leader: Loge 11 ... Steal leader: Tiernan 1

Delano 62, Willmar 58

Delano used a strong defensive second half to stymie Willmar Saturday.

Willmar found scoring with Ryan Slette (18 points), Drey Dirksen (16) and Ty Roelofs (12) but Derek Techam scored 25 to guide the Tigers in a rematch of last year's Section 5AAA championship. Max Otto also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for Delano.

Willmar (9-9) 34 24 — 58

Delano (15-5) 34 28 — 62

WILLMAR - Scoring: Ty Roelofs 12, Jake Evans 8, Bryan Weidemann 2, Drey Dirksen 16, Ryan Slette 18, Jack Jeffords 2 ... 3-point shots: Evans 1, Dirksen 2, Slette 1 ... Rebound leader: Dirksen 8, Slette 6 ... Assist leader: Roelofs 2, Slette 2 ... Steal leader: Roelofs 2

DELANO - Scoring: Garrett Robinson 3, Derek Techam 25, Trey Longstreet 17, Terron O'Neill 2, Nicholas Braledy 4, Dylan Hall 3, Max Otto 8 ... 3-point shots: Robinson 1, Techam 1 ... Rebound leader: Otto 13 ... Assist leader: Techam 3 ... Steal leader: Techam 1

YME 57, Minneota 55

Yellow Medicine East handed Minneota its first loss of the season, winning a nailbiter Saturday behind a breakout performance from Bennett Knapper, who scored 33 points with 13 boards.

Alex Saltzer scored 25 points to pace the Vikings, who were missing three starters.

Minneota (18-1) 28 27 — 55

YME (3-14) 20 37 — 57

MINNEOTA - Scoring: Jared Josephson 2, Joe Rybinski 4, Alex Saltzer 25, Riley Buysse 7, Grady Moorse 2, Braden Panka 1, Nolan Boerboom 14 ... 3-point shots: Saltzer 2, Buysse 1, Boerboom 2 ... Rebound leader: Buysse 4, Boerboom 4 ... Assist leader: Saltzer 1 ... Steal leader: Saltzer 3

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Elliott Korstad 5, Bennett Knapper 33, Kyle Chase 2, Jahrell Ishmon 4, Hunter Johnson 4, Dalton Anderson 9 ... 3-point shots: Knapper 3 ... Rebound leader: Knapper 13, Ishmon 9 ... Assist leader: Ishmon 3 ... Steal leader: Korstad 2

NLS 105, ACGC 77

New London-Spicer racked up 105 points, scoring 69 points in the second half.

Christian Lessman paced NLS with 30 points as 14 Wildcats made it into the scoresheet.

Brayden Hedtke led the Falcons with 21 points and Steven Lawver nabbed a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

NLS (14-5) 36 69 — 105

ACGC (7-13) 26 51 — 77

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Brandon Adelman 8, Ander Arnold 15, Brandyn Harlow 7, Simon Haugen 3, Isaac Jones 4, Jon Kaelke 10, Christian Lessman 30, Brenden Mayhew 2, Jake Poole 6, Ethan Roeder 3, Jake Schmidt 5, Thomas Smith 2, Nathan Tebben 2, Ryan Wyganowski 8 ... 3-point shots: Adelman 2, Arnold 2, Haugen 1, Kaelke 1, Lessman 3, Roeder 1, Schmidt 1, Wyganowski 2 ... Rebound leader: Poole 9, Schmidt 7 ... Assist leader: Arnold 5, Kaelke 4 ... Steal leader: Wyganowski 2, Adelman 2, Arnold 2

ACGC - Scoring: Friauf 1, Brayden Hedtke 21, Hinther 8, Kokenge 5, Steven Lawver 12, Dawson MIller 13, Schumacher 8, Shoen 9 ... 3-point shots: Lawver 2, Miller 2, Schumacher 2, Shoen 1 ... Rebound leader: Lawver 14 ... Assist leader: Hedtke 3, Lawver 3 ... Steal leader: Lawver 3

HLWW 61, Paynesville 52

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted snuck past Paynesville following a defensive first half. With the score knotted at 19 midway through the game, the Lakers racked up 42 points in the second half to earn the win.

Corbin Froelich led all scorers with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Paynesville (9-7) 19 33 — 52

HLWW (9-9) 19 42 — 61

PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Levi Bast 7, Sam Oehrlein 4, Kadin Ludwig 2, Corbin Froelich 26, Brendan Uhlenkamp 13 ... 3-point shots: Best 1, Froelich 2 ... Rebound leader: Froelich 11, Uhlenkamp 6 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

HOWARD LAKE-WAVERLY-WINSTED - Scoring: Noah Bush 10, Brandon Karels 1, Carson Woolhouse 4, Bennett Paulson 2, Brandon Huston 10, Brock Bangasser 21, Spencer Lade 4, Cody Dickhausen 9 ... 3-point shots: Huston 1, Bangasser 1, Dickhausen 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Minnewaska 70, Breckenridge 62

Minnewaska got back to its winning ways in the Fargo Shootout at the Fargo Civic Center Saturday against Breckenridge.

Jack Blevins and Grant Jensen each scored 23 points to lead the way.

Breckenridge (10-8) 23 39 — 62

Minnewaska (14-7) 35 35 — 70

BRECKENRIDGE - Stats not provided

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Jack Blevins 23, Grant Jensen 23, Ryan Amundson 5, Aaron Ver Steeg 6, Luke Barkeim 4, Shawn Carsten 9 ... 3-point shots: Blevins 4, Carsten 1 ... Rebound leader: Ver Steeg 12 ... Assist leader: Amundson 6 ... Steal leader: Amundson 6

CMCS 71, BLHS 54

Central Minnesota Christian fought back to .500 with a convincing win against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.

Peter Martin scored 24 points to lead all scorers while teammate Austin TeBrake stuffed the box score with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

CMCS (10-10) 42 29 — 71

BLHS (2-15) 18 36 — 54

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Jonny Bloomquist 3, Case Mulder 7, Blake Greenwaldt 7, Austin TeBrake 17, Jay Marcus 3, Peter Martin 24, Eddie Mulder 2, Ben Van Eps 4, Caleb Vander Beek 4 ... 3-point shots: Bloomquist 1, Greenwaldt 2, TeBrake 2, Marcus 1, Martin 3 ... Rebound leader: TeBrake 13 ... Assist leader: TeBrake 5 ... Steal leader: C Mulder 3

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Elijah Stifter 14, Ben Dornseif 3, Nathan Schultz 9, August Bergstrom 3, Judson Watkins 5, Braden McColley 12, Sutton Melberg 5, Nic Taylor 3, Preston Bashans 4, name not available 2 ... 3-point shots: Dornseif 1, Watkins 1, Melberg 1, Taylor 1 ... Rebound leader: Stifter 5, McColley 5 ... Assist leader: Dornseif 2 ... Steal leader: Schultz 3

RTR 72, LQPV 48

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton earned a Camden Conference win against Lac qui Parle Valley, using three double-digit scorers to earn the win.

Austin Bonn led the Eagles with 14 points, just ahead of Maverick Conn who had eight points and 11 rebounds.

RTR (14-4) 34 38 — 72

LQPV (12-8) 28 20 — 48

RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON - Scoring: Payton Hess 19, Brett Kelley 7, Carter Hansen 15, Cade Jorgenson 2, Cooper Hansen 15, Tucker Baune 2, Jared Hauswedell 4, Jack Kerr 8 ... 3-point shots: Hess 5, Cooper Hansen 3, Carter Hansen 1, Kelley 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Mason Clark 3, Austin Bonn 14, Caden Bjornjeld 7, Eean Allpress 4, Evan Hegland 4, Tucker Droogsma 6, Thomas Daniels 2, Maverick Conn 8 ... 3-point shots: Bonn 1, Clark 1 ... Rebound leader: Conn 11 ... Assist leader: Bonn 3 ... Steal leader: Bonn 4

Girls Basketball

Willmar 81, Hutchinson 73 OT

Willmar kept up with Hutchinson shot-for-shot, Saturday, before running away with things in overtime to remain perfect in the new year at 11-0.

The Cardinals shot 58.8 percent from 3-point land, knocking down 10 triples. Hutchinson, however, also shot well, going 14-for-27 from long range.

In the end, though, Willmar's defense came up big. Abby Berskow earned seven of her team's 18 steals. She also added 10 points, one of five Cardinal players to reach double digits. Carly Wedel led all scorers with 22 points.

"They just kept hitting three after three" said Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson. "I thought we played well offensively but couldn't get the stops we were used to because they shot so well. But to our girls credit, we stuck with it and made plays when we had to. ... It was a great battle by both teams and will make us better come playoffs."

Hutchinson (10-10) 35 31 7 — 73

Willmar (15-2) 34 32 15 — 81

HUTCHINSON - Scoring: Karissa Korson 20, Elizabeth Wortz 9, Emma Olberg 11, Alyssa Starner 4, Michaela Starner 15, Adriana Rhoda 7, Morgan Ellis 3, Lexi Kucera 4 ... 3-point shots: Korson 4, Wortz 3, Olberg 1, A Starner 1, M Starner 3, Rhoda 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 10, Katelyn Murphy 10, Mackenzie Jones 13, Sadie Raitz 4, Madi Linbo 18, Hannah Johnson 4, Carly Wedel 22 ... 3-point shots: Berskow 2, Murphy 2, Jones 1, Linbo 2, Wedel 3 ... Rebound leader: Linbo 5, Wedel 5 ... Assist leader: Berskow 5, Wedel 4 ... Steal leader: Berskow 7

Minnewaska 48, YME 35

Minnewaska won a low-scoring affair against Yellow Medicine East thanks to 18 points by Maddie Thorfinnson. Emma Thorfinnson added another 11 points to the Lakers' cause.

Minnewaska (13-8) 24 24 — 48

YME (9-8) 16 19 — 35

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Maddie Thorfinnson 18, Michele Stai 5, Hannah Hoffmann 3, Alexis Piekarski 4, Emma Thorfinnson 11, Elizabeth Murken 3, Avery Hoeper 4 ... 3-point shots: Stai 1, Hoffmann 1, Thorfinnson 1, Murken 1 ... Rebound leader: Hoeper 8, Piekarski 7 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: E Thorfinnson 4

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Lauren McCosh 2, Madison Hinz 6, Samantha Anderson 6, Mackenzie Dyrdahl 4, Meeghen Dahlager 1, Hanna Gullickson 8, Shelby Mortenson 8 ... 3-point shots: Hinz 1, Anderson 1 ... Rebound leader: Mortenson 10, Anderson 9 ... Assist leader: Dahlager 4 ... Steal leader: Dahlager 3

MACCRAY 57, RCW 44

Piper Asche scored a game-high 22 points in a Camden Conference win against Renville County West Saturday.

Asche also pulled down six rebounds. Tracie Read came close to a double-double for the Jaguars, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds.

RCW (0-20) 23 21 — 44

MACCRAY (8-10) 27 30 — 57

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Avery Elfering 2, Lauren Wulf 16, Vanessa Savig 4, Pamela Winzenburg 4, Tracie Read 12, Lauren Allex 6 ... 3-point shots: Savig 1, Allex 2 ... Rebound leader: Read 9, Winzenburg 6 ... Assist leader: Elfering 4 ... Steal leader: Wulf 4

MACCRAY - Scoring: Dannielle Burns 3, Kate Hultgren 11, Sage Mecker 4, Piper Asche 22, Kylee Kimpling 2, Gabby Randt 5, Ella Bourne 5, name not available 6 ... 3-point shots: Burns 1, Hultgren 1, Asche 2, Bourne 1 ... Rebound leader: Asche 6, Mecker 5 ... Assist leader: Randt 3 ... Steal leader: NA

NLS 77, ACGC 41

Aleah Zieske shot the lights out Saturday, hitting four 3-pointers on her way to a 20-point night for the New London-Spicer Wildcats.

Eleven different Wildcats left a mark in the box score while Lindsey Minnick led ACGC with 15 points.

NLS (16-6) 41 36 — 77

ACGC (3-18) 20 21 — 41

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Sam Johnson 9, Aleah Zieske 20, Avery Rich 4, Mya Krause 5, Mackenzie Rich 6, Emma Hanson 8, Payton Mages 7, Grace DeSchepper 6, Ava Kramer 4, Isa Ommodt 4, Erin Knisley 4 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Zieske 4, Krause 1, M Rich 2, Hanson 1, Mages 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

ACGC - Scoring: Jeana Denton 5, Ashlyn Amdahl 2, Lindsey Minnick 15, Rachel Wilner 8, Pailey Wilner 3, Shayna Hobson 6, Brittney Schultz 2 ... 3-point shots: Denton 1, R Wilner 1, P Wilner 1 ... Rebound leader: Minnick 8 ... Assist leader: Denton 3, Minnick 3 ... Steal leader: R Wilner 2

Ortonville 66, Hancock 44

Jaiden Conroy led Ortonville with 22 points on the way to a 22-point win against Hancock.

Carlee Hanson took charge for the Owls with 14 points.

Hancock (7-10) 21 23 — 44

Ortonville (8-9) 34 32 — 66

HANCOCK - Scoring: Carlee Hanson 14, Rylee Hanson 9, Morgan Kisgen 6, Alexis Staples 5, Haley Mattson 5, Lexi Mattson 3, Tori Pahl 2 ... 3-point shots: C Hanson 1, Staples 1 ... Rebound leader: R Hanson 6 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: Staples 4

ORTONVILLE - Scoring: Jaiden Conroy 22, Brianna Kirchberg 13, Gabby Larson 10, Carissa Vanderwall 7, Megan Radermacher 6, Emily Ross 5, Courtney Berger 3 ... 3-point shots: Ross 1, Kirchberg 2, Conroy 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

CMCS 68, BLHS 43

Katelyn Bulthuis earned a double-double in a big game for Central Minnesota Christian Saturday against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart. Bulthuis scored 26 points with 11 boards. Elli Stoel also pulled down 11 rebounds with 15 points.

Coco Duininck, meanwhile, contributed with 16 points and five steals.

CMCS (9-11) 36 32 — 68

BLHS (8-11) 20 23 — 43

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Elli Stoel 15, Reegan Duininck 7, Molly Mulder 4, Coco Duincink 16, Katelyn Bulthuis 26 ... 3-point shots: Stoel 1, C Duininck 1 ... Rebound leader: Bulthuis 11, Stoel 11 ... Assist leader: Stoel 3, Mulder 3, C Duininck 3 ... Steal leader: C Duininck 5

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Stats not provided