KERKHOVEN — Hosting Hancock in a non-conference contest Monday night, the Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg girls basketball team jumped out to an early lead and didn’t let up.
The Fighting Saints led wire-to-wire during a 48-39 home victory from KMS High School.
The Owls have dropped their last four games after starting the season 9-0. Following a four-game losing streak, KMS returned to the .500 mark with the triumph, improving its record to 6-6.
With baskets from senior center Madison Rohner, senior guard Morgan Lesteberg and a 3-pointer from junior guard Maret Gjerde, the hosts raced to 7-0 lead before prompting Hancock head coach Tony Thielke to call for a timeout.
The home team has as much as an 11-point lead before the Owls made their charge. Surging to a 10-2 run, Hancock cut its deficit to 19-16. The stretch was capped by a 3-pointer and a lay-in off a turnover from junior guard Morgan Kisgen. However, the visitors did not score again for the rest of the first half and entered halftime trailing 23-16.
Returning from the locker rooms to start the second half, KMS again pushed to a double-digit advantage. The Owls got to within seven points with 6 minutes remaining in regulation, but their comeback attempt fell short.
Earning a double-double on the evening, Rohner led all players with 14 points and 12 rebounds. With a pair of makes from beyond the arc, Gjerde put up 13 points.
Kisgen had 11 points for Hancock, who will next play at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.
Looking to extend its winning streak to three, KMS will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Yellow Medicine East.
KMS 48, Hancock 39
Hancock (9-4) 16 23 — 39
KMS (6-6) 23 25 — 48
HANCOCK - Scoring: Morgan Kisgen 11, Alexis Staples 8, Rylee Hanson 7, Carlee Hanson 6, Jordan Hausmann 2, Kaitlyn Staples 2, Jenna Kannegiesser 2, Misti Zempel 1 … 3-point shots: Kisgen 3, A. Staples 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Morgan Lesteberg 4, Maret Gjerde 13, Haylee Johnson 4, Josie Gjerde 3, Madison Rohner 14, Lauren Krieger 5, Hayley Demuth 5 … 3-point shots: M. Gjerde 2, J. Gjerde 1, Krieger 1, Demuth 1 … Rebound leader: Rohner 12 … Assist leader: Johnson 3 … Steal leader: Lesteberg 4 ... Block leader: Rohner 2
Pipestone 66, Dawson-Boyd 28
Avery Bartunek led Dawson-Boyd with 15 points and nine rebounds in a non-conference loss to Pipestone in Dawson.
The Blackjacks head to Canby Tuesday in a Camden Conference match-up.
Zoe Velde had 22 points to lead the Arrows.
Pipestone (3-7) 46 20 — 66
Dawson-Boyd (0-10) 19 9 — 28
PIPESTONE - Scoring: Mackenzie Manderscheid 4, April Haupert 8, Zoe Velde 22, Jessa Reinet 9, Nicole Pals 2, Mckenzie Dulas 4, Jori Strasser 6, Lauryn Smidt 11 … 3-point shots: Reinet 1 … Rebound leader: Velde 8 … Assist leader: Haupert 4, Velde 4 … Steal leader: Velde 10 ... Block leader: Velde 1
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Rachael Lund 3, Alexis Breitenstein 6, Laney Bartunek 4, Avery Bartunek 15 … 3-point shots: A. Bartunek 1 … Rebound leader: A. Bartunek 9 … Assist leader: Amelia Olson 4 … Steal leader: Allison Estling 2, A. Bartunek 2 ... Block leader: Estling 1, A. Bartunek 1
CMCS 68, Cedar Mountain 24
Central Minnesota Christian dominated Cedar Mountain from the onset of Monday’s non-conference game as the Bluejays pulled away for the victory in Prinsburg.
Coco Duininck had a CMCS-high 20 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the game. Elli Stoel almost had a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds along with a pair of blocks.
The Bluejays are back in Camden Conference action Tuesday in Cottonwood against Lakeview.