GRANITE FALLS — Sluggish at the start of its road game against Yellow Medicine East, the Renville County West boys basketball team eventually kicked things into gear.

Helped by two first-half surges, the Jaguars moved above the .500 mark this season with a 69-38 victory on Monday from Yellow Medicine East High School.

Renville County West senior guard Axel Zaragoza makes his moves on the offensive side of the floor against Yellow Medicine East during Monday's game at Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Renville County West senior guard Axel Zaragoza makes his moves on the offensive side of the floor against Yellow Medicine East during Monday's game at Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Led by Riley Ashburn, the visitors improved their record to 5-4. The junior forward finished with 23 points on 11 of 19 shooting from the field. He also had a team-high 11 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

As a team, RCW shot 49 percent from the floor, but the offense wasn’t smooth after the opening tip. The team missed four shots and committed a turnover during its first five possessions. When Sting senior guard Elliott Korstad banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing, the hosts pulled out to a 12-8 advantage midway through the opening half.

Renville County West senior guard Connor Aalderks converts a lay-up during Monday's game against Yellow Medicine East from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Renville County West senior guard Connor Aalderks converts a lay-up during Monday's game against Yellow Medicine East from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

From there, the visitors made their move.

Capping a 14-0 run, Ashburn pushed the ball in transition following a defensive stop and delivered a no-look pass to junior forward Nathan Schmidt, who made a basket while getting fouled. After a Sting turnover, senior guard Axel Zaragoza drilled a 3-pointer to make the score 22-12.

Yellow Medicine East freshman guard Cody Dahlager directs a play in the half-court during Monday's game against Renville County West from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Yellow Medicine East freshman guard Cody Dahlager directs a play in the half-court during Monday's game against Renville County West from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

YME junior guard Kyle Chase cut the deficit to 22-18 with back-to-back makes from beyond the arc, but that’s as close as the home team would get the rest of the game. Highlighted by a Ashburn alley-oop from junior guard Brandan Hoberg, the RCW used a 10-0 run to push to a 32-18 late in the first half.

Finishing the game shooting 12-for-44 (27 percent) from the field, the Sting trailed 36-23 at halftime and were outscored 33-15 in the second half.

Yellow Medicine East senior guard Elliott Korstad leads the fast break during Monday's game against Renville County West from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Yellow Medicine East senior guard Elliott Korstad leads the fast break during Monday's game against Renville County West from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Senior guard Carter Sneller scored 11 points to lead to the Sting, who will look to capture their first victory of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday from Central Minnesota Christian.

The Jaguars will next be in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Red Rock Central.

Camden
RCW 69, YME 38
RCW (5-4) 36 33 — 69
YME (0-7) 23 15 — 38
RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Connor Aalderks 4, Brandan Hoberg 4, Axel Zaragoza 5, Jose Castro 6, Riley Ashburn 23, Nathan Schmidt 7, Tyler Froland 1, Tyler Rice 6, Jaden Kolker 9, Zac Rice 4 … 3-point shots: Zaragoza 1 … Rebound leader: Ashburn 11 … Assist leader: Ashburn 8 … Steal leader: Ashburn 6 ... Block leader: Schmidt 1, Rice 1
YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Elliott Korstad 3, Kyle Chase 9, Carter Sneller 11, Isaac Jimenez 4, Hunter Johnson 2, Cody Dahlager 6, Nikson Knapper 3 … 3-point shots: Korstad 1, Chase 3, Sneller 2, Knapper 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: Dahlager 3 … Steal leader: Sneller 2 ... Block leader: Korstad 1, Knapper 1

Yellow Medicine East junior forward Caleb Jans elevates for a jump shot during Monday's game against Renville County West from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Yellow Medicine East junior forward Caleb Jans elevates for a jump shot during Monday's game against Renville County West from Yellow Medicine East High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

CMCS 66,

Minneota 57

Central Minnesota Christian outscored Minneota 39-27 in the second half to come away with a Camden Conference road victory.

The Bluejays got 22 points from Austin TeBrake, who also had 10 rebounds and two blocks. Case Mulder added 17 points while Peter Martin chipped in with 13.

CMCS returns home Friday to take on Yellow Medicine East.

CMCS (6-3) 27 39 — 66
Minneota (6-5) 30 27 — 57
CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Peter Martin 13, Case Mulder 17, Austin TeBrake 22, Blake Greenwaldt 2, Jay Marcus 2, Ben Van Eps 2, Caleb Vander Beek 8 … 3-point shots: Martin 1, Mulder 1, TeBrake 2 … Rebound leader: TeBrake 10 … Assist leader: Martin 2, TeBrake 2 … Steal leader: Marcus 3 ... Block leader: TeBrake 2
MINNEOTA - Stats not provided



Dawson-Boyd 65, RTR 47

Dropping its first three games of the season, Dawson-Boyd has won its last four games following an 18-point win on the road against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.

Senior forward Zach Durfee put up a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Blackjacks. Senior guard Romell Horton added 21 points, six assists and three steals.

Sitting with a 4-3 record, Dawson-Boyd will host Minneota at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Dawson-Boyd (4-3) 33 32 — 65
RTR (3-8) 17 30 — 47
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Zach Durfee 22, Romell Horton 21, Micah Olson 9, Brenden Stulz 1, Gauge Liebl 5, Colby Deuth 1, Jordan Hastad 4, Zeke Sather 2 … 3-point shots: Horton 2, Olson 1, Deuth 1 … Rebound leader: Durfee 14 … Assist leader: Horton 6 … Steal leader: Horton 3, Olson 3 ... Block leader: Durfee 1, Mike Kvaal 1
RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON - Scoring: Payton Hess 10, Aiden Wichmann 15, Corbyn Sitzmann 8, Jonah Christensen 2, Hayden Gravley 12 … 3-point shots: Hess 2, Wichmann 4, Sitzmann 2, Gravley 3 … Rebound leader: Hess 4, Wichmann 4 … Assist leader: Five with 1 … Steal leader: Hess 2 ... Block leader: N/A



KMS 64, TMB 57

Kerhoven-Murdock-Sunburg earned its first win of the season by stunning previously unbeaten Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Tracy.

TMB led 29-28 at halftime, but KMS out-scored the Panthers 36-28 in the second half.

Alex Call led all scorers with 27 points. He also had five rebounds. Isaac Rudningen chipped in with 11 points for the Fighting Saints (1-6).

Tony Nelson had 21 points and Trevor Larson added 17 for TMB (9-1).

KMS’ next game is 7:30 p.m.Tuesday against Benson at Kerkhoven.

KMS (1-6) 28 36 — 64
TMB (9-1) 29 28 — 57
KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Alex Call 27, Isaac Rudningen 11, Jacob Anderson 3, Kyler Johnson 7, Gage Thorson 7, Titan Norton 9, Chris Moist 2 … 3-point shots: Anderson 1, Johnson 1 … Rebound leader: Call 5 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - Scoring: Jake Tauer 7, Trevor Larson 17, Christian Wendland 4, Noah Swenhaugen 2, Tony Nelson 21, Lucas Gervais 6 … 3-point shots: Larson 4 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



LQPV 62, Lakeview 60

Improving to 6-1 this season, Lac qui Parle Valley held on for a two-point victory on the road against Lakeview.

Austin Bonn led the Eagles with 23 points, four assists and four steals. Maverick Conn chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Aaron Loe had 15 points for the Lakers

LQPV will return home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to face Montevideo.

LQPV (6-1) 27 35 — 62
Lakeview (8-3) 29 31 — 60
LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Landon Schirm 6, Austin Bonn 23, Evan Hegland 8, Carter Amland 2, Hunter Conn 5, Tucker Droogsma 3, Maverick Conn 15 … 3-point shots: Bonn 4, H. Conn 5, Droogsma 1 … Rebound leader: M. Conn 10 … Assist leader: Bonn 4 … Steal leader: Bonn 4 ... Block leader: N/A
LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Billy Errington 9, Parker Hoffman 12, Carter Louwagie 6, Aaron Loe 15, Will Grube 3, Connor Larsen 8, Cody Marczak 4 … 3-point shots: Hoffman 3, Loe 2, Larsen 2, Louwagie 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



MACCRAY 74,

Canby 43

MACCRAY improved to 5-1 in Camden Conference play after a victory at Canby.

Blake Wadsworth and Brady Kienitz both had double-doubles for the Wolverines. Wadsworth had a team-high 21 points to go with 12 rebounds. Kienitz also had 12 rebounds along with 10 points while also piling up three steals.

MACCRAY has a non-conference game with Montevideo on Thursday.

MACCRAY (7-3) 38 36 — 74
Canby (1-6) 18 25 — 43
MACCRAY - Scoring: Gavin Husman 4, Brady Kienitz 10, Will Asche 6, Payton Kleinhuizen 3, Tommy Hoekstra 8, Blake Wadsworth 21, Brooks Asche 7, Isaac Strommer 3, Ole Sandry 2, Trenten Cavaness 10 … 3-point shots: Husman 1, Kienitz 2, Kleinhuizen 1, Asche 1, Strommer 1, Cavaness 2 … Rebound leader: Kienitz 12, Wadsworth 12 … Assist leader: Five with 3 … Steal leader: Kienitz 3 ... Block leader: Asche 2
CANBY - Stats not provided



.West Central

BOLD 73, Melrose 40

The Sagedahls came up with huge games to help BOLD, the No. 1-ranked team in Class A, overwhelm host Melrose.

Junior guard Drew Sagedahl had 25 points, six rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Jordan Sagedahl had 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

BOLD’s next game is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at home against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

BOLD (10-0) 32 41 — 73
Melrose (8-3) 20 20 — 40
BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 25, Gavin Vosika 8, Blake Plass 4, Jordan Sagedahl 19, Matt Moorse 9, Bradaen Tersteeg 6, Aiden Elfering 2 … 3-point shots: D. Sagedahl 4, Moorse 1, Tersteeg 2 … Rebound leaders: J. Sagedahl 10, Vosika 7, D. Sagedahl 6 … Assist leaders: J. Sagedahl 7, Vosika 6 … Steal leaders: Vosika 6, J. Sagedahl 5, D. Sagedahl 3 ... Block leader: none
MELROSE - Stats not provided



Non-conference

BBE 62, Upsala 48

Up by just two at halftime, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa outscored Upsala by 12 in the second half to secure a non-conference victory.

Kaden Pieper led the Jaguars with 23 points. Jackson Peter just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds along with four assists.

BBE is back in Central Minnesota Conference play Thursday at Eden Valley-Watkins.

BBE (4-6) 22 40 — 62
Upsala (4-6) 20 28 — 48
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Kaden Pieper 23, Jackson Peter 9, Will VanBeck 5, Peyton Winter 8, Andrew Weller 3, Tanner Shelton 2, Ryan Schwinghammer 12 … 3-point shots: Pieper 2, Peter 1, VanBeck 1, Winter 2 … Rebound leader: Peter 10 … Assist leader: Peter 4 … Steal leader: Five with 1 ... Block leader: Ben Thonvold 1
UPSALA - Scoring: Levi Lampert 6, Angel Vazquez 8, Anthony Boeckermann 2, Nick Herzog 13, Zach Bartkowicz 8, Alex Roerick 7, Jonny Mayer 4 … 3-point shots: Lampert 2, Herzog 3, Bartkowicz 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Albany 64,

Minnewaska 63 (OT)

Albany out-scored Minnewaska 5-4 in overtime to win the non-conference game in Albany.

Albany led 39-27 at halftime, but Minnewaska made up the deficit in the second 18 minutes to make it 59-59 and send it into overtime.

Junior guard Peyton Johnsrud had 29 points to lead the Lakers. Grant Jensen had 15 points and five assists.

Andrew Hahn had 22 points to lead the Huskies.

Minnewaska plays New London-Spicer at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a West Central Conference game.

Minnewaska (6-3) 27 32 4 — 63
Albany (7-2) \u000939 20 5 — 64
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Peyton Johnsrud 29, Grant Jensen 15, Sam Hested 9, Drew Nelson 2, Aaron Ver Steeg 6, Brady Hoffman 2 … 3-point shots: Johnsrud 4, Hested 1 … Rebound leaders: Ver Steeg 9, Hested 7 … Assist leaders: Jensen 5, Ver Steeg 3 … Steal leaders: Nelson 2, Ver Steeg 2 ... Block leader: Hoffman 2.
ALBANY - Scoring: LaQue Jefferson 5, Carter Birr 2, Isaiah Gerads 6, Evan Kalthoff 3, Nolan Rueter 9, Jack Polejewski 2, Ethan Navratil 9, Cameron Gaebel 6, Andrew Hahn 22 … 3-point shots: Jefferson 1, Gerads 2, Kalthoff 1, Rueter 1, Navratil 1 … Rebound leaders: N/A … Assist leaders: N/A … Steal leaders: N/A ... Block leader: N/A.



Girls basketball

Non-conference

CGB 56, KMS 49

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg suffered its third straight loss as Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley knocked off the Fighting Saints.

Maret Gjerde hit four 3-pointers to lead KMS with 14 points. Teammate Morgan Lesteberg came up with 10 points and eight rebounds.

The Wolverines got a game-high 25 points from Reanna Ward.

The Fighting Saints play host to Minneota on Thursday.

KMS (4-5) 24 25 — 49
CGB (5-3) 26 30 — 56
KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Morgan Lesteberg 10, Maret Gjerde 14, Haylee Johnson 6, Josie Gjerde 5, Madison Rohner 6, Lauren Krieger 4, Sarah Jeppesen 2 … 3-point shots: Lesteberg 1, M. Gjerde 4, J. Gjerde 1 … Rebound leader: Rohner 9, Lesteberg 8 … Assist leader: Johnson 6 … Steal leader: Johnson 2 ... Block leader: None

CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY - Scoring: Jessica Moberg 5, Hayley Ward 3, Mataiah Turner 5, Reanna Ward 25, Lora Botker 15, Emillyanne Kleindl 3 … 3-point shots: Ward 1, Turner 1, Botker 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A