LITCHFIELD — Hoping to snap a losing streak on Saturday, the Litchfield girls basketball team played tight with one of the Wright County Conference’s best, trailing Annandale 23-22 at halftime.

While the second half stayed within one-to-two possessions, the Cardinals ultimately came away a 49-40 victor as the Dragons lost their fourth straight game and fell to 0-3 in Wright County play.

“It was neck-and-neck most of the game,” said Litchfield head coach Ian Anderson. “I thought we played very well, we just missed our free throws. If we shore that up, I think we’ll be good for the year. … I think our effort was phenomenal and we executed on offense.”

Neriah Lara paced the Dragons with 11 points while hitting both of the team’s 3-pointers. Izzy Pennertz followed up with eight points.

Annandale had three players in double figures, led by Lauren Meidinger’s 14 points. Alison Helget came up with 13 points while Kitri Reimer added 10 in the victory.

Litchfield will start a four-game road trip on Tuesday in Cokato against Dassel-Cokato.

Litchfield's Janessa Olson (right) and Annandale's Alicia Henson run after a loose ball during Friday's Wright County Conference game at Litchfield High School. 

Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
Litchfield's Janessa Olson (right) and Annandale's Alicia Henson run after a loose ball during Friday's Wright County Conference game at Litchfield High School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Wright County

Annandale 49,

Litchfield 40

Annandale (9-2) 23 26 — 49
Litchfield (4-8) 22 18 — 40
ANNANDALE - Scoring: Lauren Campbell 6, Kitri Reimer 10, Abby Lillehaug 2, Abby Neutz 4, Alison Helget 13, Lauren Meidinger 14 … 3-point shots: Reimer 1, Helget 3 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 5, Sydney McCann 4, Morgan Kaping 4, Lily Osterberg 6, Neriah Lara 11, Katelyn Cruze 2, Izzy Pennertz 8 … 3-point shots: Lara 2 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



West Central

Morris/CA 67,

Benson 61

Emma Bowman had 19 points to lift host Morris/Chokio-Alberta to the West Central Conference victory over Benson.

Kaitlyn Berreau had 22 points to pace the Braves, who play Montevideo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Benson.

Malory Anderson had 12 points, 13 rebounds and five steals and Meredith Carrington added 11 points and three assists for the Cougars.

Morris/CA’s next game is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lac qui Parle Valley.

Benson (4-7) 34 27 — 61
Morris/CA (5-7) 30 37 — 67
BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 22, Claire Ricard 12, Hannah Andrews 9, Abby Lundebrek 7, Kimmy Pagel 1, Marissa Connelly 2, Beth Cain 8 … 3-point shots: Berreau 5, Ricard 1, Andrews 3 … Rebound leader: Lundebrek 11 … Assist leader: Andrews 4, Lundebrek 4 … Steal leader: Three with 2 ... Block leader: Lundebrek 4
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Meredith Carrington 11, Emma Bowman 19, Makenna Kehoe 3, LaRae Kram 9, Kylie Swanson 6, Malory Anderson 12, Shannon Doughtery 2, Kendra Wevley 5 … 3-point shots: Bowman 1, Swanson 2 … Rebound leader: Anderson 13 … Assist leader: Carrington 3, Bowman 3 … Steal leader: Anderson 5 ... Block leader: Bowman 1



Melrose 53,

Minnewaska 49

Minnewaska relinquished a 29-24 halftime lead in its West Central Conference loss at Melrose.

Senior forward Ashley Rademacher led the Dutchmen with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Makiya Luetmer had 14 points, six steals and three assists for Melrose.

For the Lakers, Hannah Hoffmann sank five 3-pointers to finish with a team-best 15 points.

Minnewaska’ next game: home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against BOLD.

Minnewaska (7-6) 29 20 — 49
Melrose (9-3) 24 29 — 53
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Maddie Thorfinnson 9, Michele Stai 2, Addy Randt 4, Hannah Hoffmann 15, Alexis Piekarski 5, Emma Thorfinnson 9, Avery Hoeper 6 … 3-point shots: M. Thorfinnson 1, Hoffmann 5, E. Thorfinnson 2 … Rebound leader: Piekarski 6 … Assist leader: M. Thorfinnson 3 … Steal leader: M. Thorfinnson 5 ... Block leader: E. Thorfinnson 1
MELROSE - Scoring: Ashley Rademacher 23, Kyja Birch 10, Audrey Welle 4, Madi Birch-Stusse 2, Makiya Luetmer 14 … 3-point shots: Rademacher 5, Luetmer 1 … Rebound leaders: Rademacher 11, Maddie Rosenberger 6 … Assist leader: Amy Austing 5, Luetmer 3 … Steal leader: Luetmer 6 ... Block leader: Rosenberger 2

Montevideo 64,

ACGC 42



Tenley Epema had 19 points to lead Montevideo past Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to the victory at Grove City.

Daniela Parker had 12 points to lead Montevideo.

Montevideo (4-7) 35 29 — 64
ACGC (1-9) 28 14 — 42
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Livia Gades 7, Tenley Epema 19, Avery Koenen 13, Kori Douglas 2, Jasmine Kronback 6, Greta Rongstad 10, Keely Foley 7 … 3-point shots: Gades 1, Epema 5, Koenen 2, Rongstad 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - Scoring: Ashlyn Amdahl 5, Brooke Schroeder 6, Rachel Wilner 6, Daniela Parker 12, Raeanna Kaddatz 4, Shayna Hobson 5, Grace Kaehler 4 … 3-point shots: Amdahl 1, Schroeder 2, Parker 2 … Rebound leader: Hobson 6 … Assist leader: Amdahl 3 … Steal leader: Wilner 2 ... Block leader: Hobson 3



Camden

KMS 55, RTR 42

Madison Rohner had 24 points, 19 rebounds and two steals to help Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to the victory at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in Tyler.

Maret Gjerde added 11 points and four steals for the Fighting Saints.

KMS plays Hancock at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Kerkhoven.

KMS (5-6) 35 20 — 55
RTR (1-11) 24 18 — 42
KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Morgan Lesteberg 8, Maret Gjerde 11, Haylee Johnson 4, Josie Gjerde 4, Madison Rohner 24, Lauren Krieger 2, Hayley Demuth 2 … 3-point shots: Lesteberg 1, Gjerde 1, Rohner 1 … Rebound leader: Rohner 19 … Assist leader: Gjerde 4 … Steal leaders: Lesteberg 3, Rohner 2 ... Block leader: none.
RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON - Scoring: McKinley Schreurs 2, Kalleigh Carr 3, Haley Muenchow 3, Faith Thomsen 2, Ashley Owen 2, Shawna Thompsen Skylar Borrensen 2, Allie Christianson 10, Maddison Wendland 2 … 3-point shots: Thomsen 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

CMCS 50,

Canby 35

Central Minnesota Christian jumped out to a 10-0 lead and didn’t look bad in the Bluejays’ Camden Conference victory at Prinsburg.

Coco Duininck had 18 points, Molly Mulder 12 and Reegan Duininck 10 to pace CMCS.

Charlotte Wright had eight points to lead Canby.

CMCS is host to Cedar Mountain at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Prinsburg.

Canby (4-7) 9 26 — 35
CMCS (10-2) 20 30 — 50
CANBY - Scoring: Hannah Jelen 2, Kayelee Johnson 3, Kortney Leppke 6, Ryann Hansen 5, Aidyn Bruns 2, Maya Wente 2, Brooke Nelson 2, Morgan Noyes 5, Charlotte Wright 8 … 3-point shots: Noyes 1 … Rebound leader: Bruns 5 … Assist leader: Camryn Ufkin 3 … Steal leader: Jelen 2 ... Block leaders: McKenzie Ruether 1, Nelson 1, Wright 1
CMCS - Scoring: Reegan Duininck 10, Elli Stoel 8, Molly Mulder 12, Coco Duininck 18, Katelyn Bulthuis … 3-point shots: R. Duininck 2, C. Duininck 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Central Minnesota

BBE 53,

Maple Lake 35

Alissa Knight had 18 points and Josie Knutson chipped in with 15 to lift Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa to the victory at Maple Lake.

Jenna Dingmann had eight points and eight rebounds for the Jaguars, who play at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Holdingford.

BBE (6-6) 26 27 — 53
Maple Lake (3-8) 18 17 — 35
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Karsee Kampsen 2, Jacqueline Gossen 3, Jackie Lindsay 1, Grace Illies 3, Jenna Dingmann 8, Liz French 1, Josie Knutson 15, Alissa Knight 18, Karissa Jones 2 … 3-point shots: Gossen 1, Knutson 2 … Rebound leader: Dingmann 8 … Assist leader: Gossen 3 … Steal leader: Illies 3, Knutson 3 ... Block leader: Knight 1
MAPLE LAKE - Stats not available



Tomahawk

BLHS 85, NUC 23

Sara Kottke had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Rachel Kottke had 18 points and five assists and Maddy Wulkan added 11 points and four steals in host Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s victory over New Ulm Cathedral.

BLHS plays Cedar Mountain at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Hector.

NUC (2-9) 13 10 — 23
BLHS (10-2) 52 33 — 85
NEW ULM CATHEDRAL - Scoring: Jenna Hotovec 7, Lily Franta 4, Maggie Fliszar 4, Claire Olson 4, Emily Schommer 2, Livia Reinarts 2 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Sara Kottke 22, Rachel Kottke 18, Maddy Wulkan 11, Lily Dean 9, Allison Milbrandt 9, Emilie Hable 7, Allison Dornseif 5, Kristi Kottke 2, Jessica Novotny 2 … 3-point shots: Wulkan 3, Dean 3, R. Kottke 3, S. Kottke 2, Milbrandt 1, Dornseif 1 … Rebound leader: S. Kottke 10, K. Kottke 8, Hable 8 … Assist leader: R. Kottke 5, Dean 4, Milbrandt 4 … Steal leader: Wulkan 4, K. Kottke 4 ... Block leader: Hable 1



Pheasant

WCA 67, Hancock 49

Hancock dropped its third game in a row after suffering an 18-point loss on the road against West Central Area.

Alexis Staples had 22 points to pace the Owls. Lexi Bright scored a game-high 26 points for the home team.

Hancock will next play at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

Hancock (9-3) 24 25 — 49
WCA (9-4) 39 28 — 67
HANCOCK - Scoring: Alexis Staples 22, Carlee Hanson 7, Jordan Hausmann 5, Misti Zempel 4, Rylee Hanson 4, Lindsey Mattson 3, Jenna Kannegiesser 2, Morgan Kisgen 2 … 3-point shots: Staples 2 … Rebound leader: C. Hanson 8 … Assist leader: Zempel 3 … Steal leader: Staples 4 ... Block leader: N/A
WEST CENTRAL AREA - Scoring: Lexi Bright 26, Hailey Bennett 11, Brynn Fernholz 10, Claire Stalk 7, Elizabeth Rustan 4, Kaitlyn Hansen 3, Kaylyn Ulrich 2, Brooke Anderson 2, Teagan Nelson 2 … 3-point shots: Bennett 3, Bright 3, Hansen 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A



Non-conference

Paynesville 67, LPGE 57

With a 45-point second half and a big night from the perimeter from Harley Kunstleben and Macy Carlson, Paynesville got its first win of the season Friday, besting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 67-57.

Kunstleben hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points. Carlson hit four 3-pointers of her own for 16 points. Kali Reiter also finished in double figures for the Bulldogs with 11.

Itzel Salazar led the Thunder with 16 points.

Paynesville is at home Tuesday against Osakis.

Paynesville (1-11) 22 45 — 67
LPGE (1-12) 26 31 — 57
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Maddie Hentges 7, Kendra Schleper 2, Macy Carlson 16, Kali Reiter 11, Harley Kunstleben 18, Grace Utsch 2, Katie Uhlenkamp 9, Natalie Lieser 2 … 3-point shots: Hentges 1, Carlson 4, Kunstleben 5 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

LONG PRAIRIE-GREY EAGLE - Scoring: Hannah Middendorf 13, Emily Weber 4, Nora Gamradt 2, Diana Salazar 10, Amber Miller 3, Itzel Salazar 16, Kaitlin Welters 9 … 3-point shots: Middendorf 1, D. Salazar 2, Miller 1, I. Salazar 4, Welters 3 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A