MONTEVIDEO — Outplayed by Montevideo in the first half, the BOLD girls basketball team rode its defense to its ninth win of the season.

Trailing at halftime after relinquishing 34 points in the first 18 minutes, the Warriors allowed 16 points in the second half en route to a 57-50 victory on Tuesday from Montevideo High School.

For the seventh time this season, BOLD has held an opponent to 50 points or fewer (all victories). In games where the opposing team has put up more than 50 points, the Warriors have just a 2-3 record.

Montevideo freshman guard Tenley Epema gets inside position down low against BOLD senior guard Makayla Snow during Tuesday's game from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Montevideo freshman guard Tenley Epema gets inside position down low against BOLD senior guard Makayla Snow during Tuesday's game from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

“The first half, we had some errors on our switches against their offense,” BOLD head coach Brian Kingery said. “In the second half, we had just one communication mistake and they buried a (3-pointer) when we did it. So when we talked, we played really good defense in the second half.”

Montevideo ran an offense predicated on rotating the ball. The offensive action often began at the top of the key or at the elbow before kicking around the perimeter or into the post. The activity often resulted in drives to the hoop or open three-point shots.

Tenley Epema was the dangerous outside threat for the Thunder Hawks. The freshman guard opened the team’s scoring with a long-distance make and gave Montevideo its largest lead at 34-28 with another from downtown. Epema scored 14 of her team-best 17 points in the first half. Additionally, she drilled a game-high five 3-pointers.

However, once the communication improved on the BOLD defensive side, the home team struggled to maintain their earlier pace.

“I wouldn’t say they took anything away. Montevideo just had too many empty possessions,” Thunder Hawks head coach Steve Rohloff said.

Montevideo freshman guard Avery Koenen elevates for a baseline jump shot during Tuesday's game against BOLD from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune
Montevideo freshman guard Avery Koenen elevates for a baseline jump shot during Tuesday's game against BOLD from Montevideo High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Scoring 12 points in the final 18 minutes, Warriors freshman guard Mari Ryberg led all players with 22 points. She also added four rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Brenna Weis was the only other player for the road team in double figures with 10 points. She also chipped in a game-high six assists.

As part of a four-game road stretch, BOLD will be in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Sauk Centre. Montevideo will also be away from home at 7:30 p.m. Friday to take on Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

West Central

BOLD 57, Montevideo 50

BOLD (9-3) 31 26 — 57
Montevideo (3-7) 34 16 — 50
BOLD - Scoring: Mari Ryberg 22, Brenna Weis 10, Makayla Snow 8, Payton Mages 5, Abby Meyers 5, Ashley Trongard 4, Leslie Snow 3 … 3-point shots: Ryberg 2, Mages 1 … Rebound leader: Trongard 8 … Assist leader: Weis 6, M. Snow 4 … Steal leader: M. Snow 4, Ryberg 3 ... Block leader: M. Snow 1
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Tenley Epema 17, Jasmine Krongard 10, Avery Koenen 8, Greta Rongstad 8, Keely Foley 5, Kori Douglas 2 … 3-point shots: Epema 5, Rongstad 2 … Rebound leader: … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Sauk Centre 74, ACGC 23

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City dropped its eighth game this season on the road to Sauk Centre.

Stats were not available at press time.

The Falcons will return home at 7:30 p.m. Friday to face Montevideo.



Minnewaska 63,

Benson 49

Maddie Thorfinnson had 17 points and Emma Thorfinnson added 12 to lead Minnewaska to the West Central Conference victory at Glenwood.

Claire Ricard had 15 points to lead Benson.

Benson’s next game is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against New London-Spicer at Benson.

Minnewaska’s next game is 7 p.m. Thursday against Litchfield in Glenwood.

Benson (4-5) 21 28 — 49
Minnewaska (6-5) 28 35 — 63
BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 8, Abbie Mitteness 7, Claire Ricard 15, Hannah Andrews 2, Abby Lundebrek 5, Marissa Connelly 5, Beth Cain 7 … 3-point shots: Berreau 2, Mitteness 1, Ricard 1, Connelly 1 … Rebound leader: Ricard 10 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Makena Panitzke 2, Maddie Thorfinnson 17, Michele Stai 2, Addy Randt 7, Hannah Hoffmann 10, Alexis Piekarski 9, Annika Randt 2, Emma Thorfinnson 12, Elizabeth Murken 2 … 3-point shots: M. Thorfinnson 3, Hoffman 3, E. Thorfinnson 3 … Rebound leader: Avery Hoeper 7 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: Stai 3 ... Block leader: Hoeper 1, Isabella Ortendahl 1



Melrose 32,

Morris/CA 29

Ahead by one at halftime, Morris/Chokio-Alberta was held to eight points over the final 18 minutes as Melrose snuck out of its home gym a winner in West Central Conference play Tuesday.

The Dutchmen were led by Makiya Luetmer’s nine points.

For the Tigers, Malory Anderson tallied a game-high 12 points.

Morris/CA plays host to Benson on Friday.

Morris/CA (4-7) 21 8 — 29
Melrose (8-3) 20 12 — 32
MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Meredith Carrington 5, Emma Bowman 3, MacKenna Kehoe 3, LaRae Kram 2, Kylie Swanson 4, Malory Anderson 12 … 3-point shots: Carrington 1, Bowman 1, Kehoe 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
MELROSE - Scoring: Ashley Rademacher 7, Kinsey Wensmann 4, Kyja Birch 7, Audrey Welle 4, Maddie Rosenberger 1, Makiya Luetmer 9 … 3-point shots: Rademacher 1, Luetmer 1 … Rebound leader: Birch 8 … Assist leader: Three with 2 … Steal leader: Rademacher 4 ... Block leader: None



Wright County

NLS 59, Litchfield 29

Defense made the difference for New London-Spicer in its victory at Litchfield.

The Wildcats got 11 points and 12 rebounds from Ava Kraemer and two points and four steals from Emma Hansen. Mackenzie Rich contributed 13 points and two steals.

Sydney McCann and Neriah Lara each had seven points to lead Litchfield.

The Wildcats’ next game is 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Benson.

Litchfield next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Minnewaska.

NLS (11-1) 25 34 — 59
Litchfield (4-6) 14 15 — 29
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Jaden Coahran 2, Mackenzie Rich 13, Emma Hanson 14, Payton Mages 4, Ellie Hanson 2, Emily Giere 3, Grace DeSchepper 4, Ava Kraemer 11, Erin Knisley 6 … 3-point shots: Rich 3, Em. Hanson 4, Giere 1 … Rebound leader: Kraemer 12, DeSchepper 8, Isa Ommodt 6 … Assist leader: Mages 5, Rich 5 … Steal leader: Em. Hanson 4, Rich 3 ... Block leader: Kraemer 1
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 2, Sydney McCann 7, Greta Hansen 5, Lily Osterberg 3, Neriah Lara 7, Kylie Michels 3, Katelyn Cruze 2 … 3-point shots: Osterberg 1, Lara 1, Michels 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Central Minnesota

BBE 52, HLWW 46

Trailing by three after a low-scoring first half, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa went off for 37 second-half points to knock off Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted for a Central Minnesota Conference road win.

Alissa Knight was the Jaguars’ leading scorer with 12 points to go with six rebounds. Grace Illies did a bit of everything for BBE with six points, seven assists and three steals.

The Jaguars head to Maple Lake on Friday.

BBE (5-6) 15 37 — 52
HLWW (8-4) 18 28 — 46
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Karsee Kampsen 8, Jacqueline Gossen 3, Grace Illies 6, Jenna Dingmann 3, Liz French 8, Josie Knutson 4, Alissa Knight 12, Karissa Jones 8 … 3-point shots: Gossen 1 … Rebound leader: Knight 6, Jones 6 … Assist leader: Illies 7 … Steal leader: Illies 3, J. Dingmann 3 ... Block leader: None
HOWARD LAKE-WAVERLY-WINSTED - Stats not provided



Camden

CMCS 52, YME 41

With three players in double figures, Central Minnesota Christian jumped to 6-1 in Camden Conference play with a road win over Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls.

Elli Stoel hit three 3-pointers en route to leading the Bluejays with 19 points. Coco Duininck had 16 points, followed by 11 from Reegan Duininck.

Shelby Mortenson was the top player for the Sting with 14 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.

Both teams resume play Thursday, with CMCS at home against Canby and YME heading to Dawson-Boyd.

CMCS (9-2) 23 29 — 52
YME (5-5) 17 24 — 41
CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Reegan Duininck 11, Elli Stoel 19, Molly Mulder 2, Coco Duininck 16, Katelyn Bulthuis 4 … 3-point shots: Stoel 3, Bulthuis 1 … Rebound leader: Bulthuis 8 … Assist leader: Bulthuis 5 … Steal leader: C. Duininck 5 ... Block leader: None
YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Lauren McCosh 4, Yansi Flores 2, Madison Hinz 8, Hannah Stark 7, Brylea Ruff 6, Shelby Mortenson 14 … 3-point shots: Hinz 2, Stark 1, Ruff 2 … Rebound leader: Mortenson 12, Stark 8 … Assist leader: Hinz 5 … Steal leader: Ruff 3 ... Block leader: Mortenson 6



Minneota 94,

Dawson-Boyd 24

Top-ranked (Class A) Minneota took care of business on Tuesday, beating winless Dawson-Boyd in a Camden Conference match-up.

Avery Bartunek led the Blackjacks with 10 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Dawson-Boyd returns home Thursday to face Yellow Medicine East.

Dawson-Boyd (0-7) 17 7 — 24
Minneota (12-0) 63 31 — 94
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Richael Lund 2, Amelia Olson 4, Alexis Breitenstein 6, Allison Estling 2, Avery Bartunek 10 … 3-point shots: Breitenstein 1 … Rebound leader: A. Bartunek 6 … Assist leader: Four with 1 … Steal leader: A. Bartunek 4... Block leader: None
MINNEOTA - Scoring: Morgan Hennen 25, Natalee Rolbiecki 19, Abby Hennen 17, Mckenna Yost 11, Abby Rost 4, Ireland Stassen 13, Jeren Rost 2, Hailey Kimpe 3 … 3-point shots: M. Hennen 1, Yost 1 … Rebound leader: Four with 6 … Assist leader: A. Hennen 4 … Steal leader: A. Hennen 8 ... Block leader: Rolbiecki 2



TMB 53,

LQPV 47

Jadyn Lessman and Margaret Dolan each had 11 points to lead Tracy-Milroy-Balaton to the home win over Lac qui Parle Valley in a Camden Conference game.

LQPV was led by Camryn Lee’s 11 points and Taylor Shelstad’s 10.

LQPV (3-3 Camden, 7-4 overall) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in Madison.

LQPV (7-4) 24 23 — 47
TMB (5-5) 20 33 — 53
LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Macie Lund 3, Addy Bonn 4, Alex Stitt 8, Taylor Shelstad 10, Cassidie Olson 4, Camryn Lee 11, Sidney Gerdes 6, Kali Sulier 1 … 3-point shots: Lund 1, Bonn 1, Stitt 2, Shelstad 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - Scoring: Jordan Munson 6, Maddi Langerock 5, Catherine Wendland 4, Brooke Christian 7, Jadyn Lessman 11, Camille Dolan 3, Kiarra Danielson 2, Margaret Dolan 11, Kiana Benson 4 … 3-point shots: Munson 1, Langerock 1, C. Dolan 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Canby 59, RCW 37

Canby’s 18-point halftime lead was too much to overcome for Renville County West as the Lancers pulled away with the Camden Conference win.

Lauren Wulf led the Jaguars in scoring with 18 points while Hannah Pharr put up a monster night in the post with 13 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks.

Cnaby was led by RyAnn Hansen’s 15 points.

RCW’s next game is at home Thursday against Lakeview.

RCW (3-11) 16 21 — 37
Canby (4-6) 34 25 — 59
RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Rachel Jakel 2, Lauren Wulf 18, Vanessa Savig 1, Hannah Pharr 13, Lauren Allex 3 … 3-point shots: Allex 1 … Rebound leader: Pharr 16 … Assist leader: Savig 4 … Steal leader: Three with 2 ... Block leader: Pharr 8
CANBY - Scoring: McKenzie Ruether 7, Jayla Hulzebos 4, Hannah Jelen 10, Kayelee Johnson 3, RyAnn Hansen 15, Aidyn Bruns 10, Maya Wente 4, Brooke Nelson 6 … 3-point shots: Ruether 1, Hulzebos 1, Johnson 1, Nelson 2 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Lakeview 52, MACCRAY 40



Lakeview’s Shelby Gravely pumped in 19 points to lead the Lakers to the Camden Conference victory over MACCRAY at Cottonwood.

Abby Jaenisch had 14 points and Kate Hultgren added 10 for the Wolverines.

MACCRAY (1-9) 21 19 — 40
Lakeview (6-3) 24 28 — 52
MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Bourne 5, Kate Hultgren 10, Abby Jaenisch 14, Gabby Randt 3, Elsie Sumner 2, Sydney Thein 6… 3-point shots: Bourne 1, Hultgren 2, Jaenisch 4 … Rebound leader: Randt 5 … Assist leader: Hultgren 3 … Steal leader: Hultgren 4 ... Block leader: N/A
LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Kaitlynn Bot 8, Shelby Gravely 19, Jaci Hubbard 2, Kiana Imes 10, Aubrey Kaczmarek 4, Savanna Louwagie 8, Payton Timm 1 … 3-point shots: Louwagie 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Non-conference

BLHS 81, MCW 54

For the third straight game, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart scored over 80 points with a convincing non-conference road win over Martin County West in Sherburn.

Leading the Mustangs was Sara Kottke with 30 points — including six 3-pointers — along with 10 rebounds and six steals. Maddy Wulkan hit five 3-pointers in a 19-point effort while Allison Milbrandt and Rachel Kottke had 14 and 10 points, respectively.

BLHS resumes Tomahawk Conference action Friday at home against New Ulm Cathedral.

BLHS (9-2) 33 48 — 81
MCW (4-5) 31 23 — 54
BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Sara Kottke 30, Maddy Wulkan 19, Allison Milbrandt 14, Rachel Kottke 10, Kristi Kottke 6, Jessica Novotny 2 … 3-point shots: S. Kottke 6, Wulkan 5, K. Kottke 2, R. Kottke 2 … Rebound leader: S. Kottke 10, R. Kottke 8 … Assist leader: R. Kottke 8, Wulkan 5 … Steal leader: S. Kottke 6, Wulkan 5 ... Block leader: Milbrandt 2
MARTIN COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Marissa Whitehead 14, Sami Meyer 10, Liz Fisher 7, Emily Anderson 6, Gabby Lange 6, Taylor Elliot 5, Katie Lang 4, Kari Matejka 2 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



CCS 52, Maplewood Academy 23

Scoring the first 12 points of the game against Maplewood Academy, Community Christian School cruised to a blowout victory on the road from Hutchinson.

Complete statistics were not available at press time.