LITCHFIELD — It was looking like an easy night on the hardwood for Litchfield.

The Dragons built a 13-0 lead before New London-Spicer scored their first field goal with 10 minutes, 1 second to go in the first half.

But the Wildcats were hard to put away as they closed the gap and outscored the Dragons 31-27 in the second half.

Ultimately, Litchfield was able to squeeze out the 57-51 Wright County Conference victory Friday.

Moving the ball around effectively against the NLS defense, Avery Liestman and Ben Alsleben were the main benefactors for the Dragons with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Liestman hit a team-best three 3-pointers while also leading the squad with six rebounds.

While only coming up with three points, Tyson Michels made his mark elsewhere with seven assists and five steals.

Christian Lessman led a trio of NLS players in double figures with 17 points. Tyler Danielson hit four 3-pointers on the way to 12 points, and Jaden Zylstra tallied 10 points and five rebounds in the loss.

The Dragons host Rockford for a Wright County game Tuesday while the Wildcats have a non-conference game at Redwood Valley on Monday.



NLS plays at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Redwood Valley from Redwood Falls.

Litchfield hosts Rockford at 7 p.m. Tuesday.



Wright County

Litchfield 57,

NLS 51

NLS (3-15) 20 31 — 51
Litchfield (14-5) 30 27 — 57
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Christian Lessman 17, Nate Tebben 2, Levi Streich 4, Mason Toutges 4, Nick Hubbard 2, Tyler Danielson 12, Jaden Zylstra 10 … 3-point shots: Lessman 3, Danielson 4 … Rebound leader: Zylstra 5 … Assist leader: Tebben 2 … Steal leader: Jack Novak 3 ... Block leader: Lessman 1
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Ben Alsleben 16, Tyson Michels 3, Avery Liestman 17, Logan Graphenteen 4, Drew Kotzer 5, Ben Nelson 7, Dom Dietel 5 … 3-point shots: Alsleben 2, Michels 1, Liestman 3, Kotzer 1 … Rebound leader: Liestman 6 … Assist leader: Michels 7 … Steal leader: Michels 5 ... Block leader: None

Central Lakes

Sartell 69,

Willmar 59

Sartell’s balanced scoring helped the Sabres to the victory at Willmar.

Matthew Sieben had 17 points, Dominic Hagy 15 points and Gustav Gunderson added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Sabres.

Jacob Rosendahl and Chase Dirksen each had 12 points to lead the Cardinals, who also got 11 points from Samuel Fraser, who had six rebounds. Dirksen had seven rebounds.

Willmar continues a five-game home stretch at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday against St. Cloud Apollo.

Sartell (10-6) 37 32 — 69
Willmar (5-14) 30 29 — 59
SARTELL - Scoring: Gustav Gunderson 14, Matthew Sieben 17, Evan Templin 2, Mason Lund 9, Cody Lantis 2, Jacob Bjelland 8, Blake Hartwig 2, Dominic Hagy 15 … 3-point shots: Gunderson 2, Sieben 5, Hagy 1 … Rebound leader: Gunderson 8, Lund 8 … Assist leader: Gunderson 4 … Steal leader: Hagy 3 ... Block leader: Three with 1
WILLMAR - Scoring: Zach Morrell 6, Jacob Rosendahl 12, Jack Jeffords 6, Sam May 7, Chase Dirksen 12, Andrew Baumgart 4, Samuel Fraser 11, Luke Sellman 1 … 3-point shots: Rosendahl 2, Jeffords 2, May 1 … Rebound leader: Dirksen 7, Fraser 6 … Assist leader: Rosendahl 4 … Steal leader: Rosendahl 2 ... Block leader: Dirksen 3

Central Minnesota

BBE 63,

Kimball 40

Ryan Schwinghammer scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa cruised past Kimball in Brooten.

Jackson Peter added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jaguars, who also got 10 points from Kaden Pieper.

The Cubs were led by Hunter Hickman’s 15 points.

BBE resumes a five-game homestand at 5 p.m. Saturday against Browerville/Eagle Valley.

Kimball (4-11) 25 15 — 40
BBE (7-10) 28 35 — 63
KIMBALL - Scoring: Chase Gustafson 6, Hunter Hickman 15, #31 (name not listed) 2, Simon Stang 8, Ty Gustafson 9 … 3-point shots: C. Gustafson 1, T. Gustafson 2 … Rebound leader: C. Gustafson 6 … Assist leader: C. Gustafson 2 … Steal leader: Four with 1 ... Block leader: Hickman 2
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Kaden Pieper 10, Jackson Peter 14, Will Van Beck 7, Peyton Winter 5, Luke Dingmann 2, Brady Birch 3, Ryan Schwinghammer 22 … 3-point shots: Pieper 2, Peter 1, Van Beck 1, Winter 1, Birch 1 … Rebound leader: Peter 10, Schwinghammer 9 … Assist leader: Van Beck 5 … Steal leader: Van Beck 3 ... Block leader: Schwinghammer 1

Holdingford 75,

Paynesville 46

Holdingford’s strong first half proved too much for host Paynesville to overcome in a Central Minnesota conference game. The Huskers led 40-13 at halftime.

Paynesville cut the deficit to 18, but Holdingford hung tough from there.

Aaron Welle had 20 points to lead the Huskers.

Carter Wessel had 16 points and Corbin Froelich 12 to lead the Bulldogs.

Paynesville hosts Benson at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Holdingford (7-8) 40 35 — 75
Paynesville (10-9) 13 33 — 46
HOLDINGFORD - Scoring: Robert Voller 3, Zachary Tomlinson 1, Aaron Welle 20, Brendan Yamry 5, Blake Niemeyer 2, Will Ethen 2, Blake Panek 8, Braden Bomgaars 11, jake Theen 15, Christian Willoughby 8 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: Bomgaars 6 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Grady Fuchs 2, Carter Wessel 16, Eli Nelson 4, Levi Bast 2, Chase Bayer 5, Corbin Froelich 12, Mitchell Bertram 2, Evan Hess 3 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leader: Fuchs 9 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

West Central

BOLD 75,

Morris/CA 72

Senior guard Gavin Vosika had another big game for the top-ranked Warriors in their victory at Morris. He had 33 points on 15-for-22 shooting (68 percent) with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Junior forward Drew Sagedahl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and four assists for BOLD. Senior forward Jordan Sagedahl added 13 points and six rebounds for the Warriors.

Jackson Loge, a 6-foot-7 sophomore, had 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six blocked shots for Morris/Chokio-Alberta.

BOLD hosts Minnewaska at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Olivia.

Morris/CA hits the road to face West Central Area at 4 p.m. Saturday from Barrett.

BOLD (19-0) 40 35 — 75
Morris/CA (9-6) 36 36 — 72
BOLD - Scoring: Drew Sagedahl 19, Gavin Vosika 33, Blake Plass 4, Jordan Sagedahl 13, Matt Moorse 6 … 3-point shots: D. Sagedahl 2, Vosika 2, J. Sagedahl 1, Moorse 2 … Rebound leaders: D. Sagedahl 10, Vosika 6, J. Sagedahl 6, Plass 5 … Assist leader: Vosika 8, D. Sagedahl 4, Plass 3 … Steal leader: Moorse 5 ... Block leader: none.
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Durgin Decker 16, Jaden Maanum 10, Thomas Tiernan 13, Jackson Loge 26, Cameron Koebernick 4, Toby Gonnerman 1, Cade Fehr 2 … 3-point shots: Decker 1, Naanum 2, Tiernan 1, Loge 2 … Rebound leader: Loge 12 … Assist leaders: Jergenson 7, Loge 6, Decker 4 … Steal leader: Decker 1, Jergenson 1, Tiernan 1, Gonnerman 1 ... Block leader: Loge 6

Benson 86

ACGC 83

Ben Peterson pumped in 29 points and Cole Hedman and Will Enderson each had 18 to lead Benson to the West Central Conference victory at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Benson was 18-for-46 from 3-point range, good for 39 percent. Peterson led the way. He made 9 of 14 3-pointers.

Dawson Miller had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Josh Kinzler had 22 points and five assists to pace ACGC. Ethan Lilleberg chipped in with 16 points and 14 rebounds and Steven Lawver had 15 points for the Falcons.

Benson plays at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Paynesville.

ACGC plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sauk Centre.

Benson (12-6) 43 43 — 86
ACGC (7-11) 44 39 — 83
BENSON - Scoring: Abe Peterson 8, Sam Lenarz 10, Cole Hedman 18, Ben Peterson 29, Will Enderson 18, Sam Grussing 3 … 3-point shots: A. Peterson 1, Lenarz 2, Hedman 1, B. Peterson 9, Enderson 4 … Rebound leaders: Enderson 8, Lenarz 7, A. Peterson 6 … Assist leader: Enderson 3 … Steal leader: Hedman 6 ... Block leader: none.
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - Scoring: Braeden Pickle 2, Josh Kinzler 22, Shelby Shoen 4, Ethan Lilleberg 16, Steven Lawver 15, Dawson Miller 24 … 3-point shots: Lawver 3, Kinzler 2, Shoen 1, Miller 1 … Rebound leader: E. Lilleberg 14, Miller 12 … Assist leader: Kinzler 5, E. Lilleberg 4 … Steal leader: Pickle 2, Lawver 2 ... Block leader: none

Minnewaska 74,

Montevideo 52

Minnewaska captured its third consecutive victory following a 22-point road triumph over Montevideo.

Peyton Johnsrud scored 18 points. Grant Jensen, Sam Hested and Aaron Ver Steeg each put up netted 12 points. Ver Steeg also added 10 rebounds.

Bradyn Schultz scored 12 points to pace the Thunder Hawks. Sawyer Reidinger and Landon Stock added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Minnewaska plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Osakis.

Montevideo hosts Lakeview at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Minnewaska (12-5) 36 38 — 74
Montevideo (0-16) 15 37 — 52
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Peyton Johnsrud 18, Grant Jensen 12, Sam Hested 12, Aaron Ber Steeg 12, Jaden Stewart 8, Luke Barkeim 6, Uhde 2, Cole Garste 2, Brady Hoffman 2 … 3-point shots: Johnsrud 2, Hested 1, Stewart 2 … Rebound leader: Ver Steeg 10 … Assist leader: Hensen 3, Ver Steeg 3, Barkeim 3 … Steal leader: Jensen 3 ... Block leader: Ver Steeg 2
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Bradyn Schultz 12, Sawyer Reidinger 11, Landon Stock 10, Sam Olson 7, Hunter Strand 5, Bryce Nelson 3, Colby Buseman 2, Kaden Boike 2 … 3-point shots: Reidinger 1, Stock 1, Olson 1, Strand 1, Nelson 1 … Rebound leader: Olson 5 … Assist leader: Boike 2 … Steal leader: Olson 4 ... Block leader: Olson 2

Camden

RCW 84,

TMB 65

Riley Ashburn scored 39 points and Connor Aalderks added 21 as Renville County West beat Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in Renville.

Tony Nelson had 25 points to lead TMBA, which trailed 43-37 at halftime.

RCW hosts MACCRAY at 7:30 p.m. Monday from Renville.

TMB (10-7) 37 28 — 65
RCW (13-6) 43 41 — 84
TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - Scoring: Jake Tauer 5, Trevor Larson 3, Christian Wendland 12, Noah Swenhaugen 10, Nathan Fultz 2, Tony Nelson 25, Dustin VanDam 2, Lucas Gervais 6 … 3-point shots: Tauer 1, Larson 1, Wendland 2, Swenhaugen 2 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Connor Aalderks 21, Brandan Hoberg 6, Riley Ashburn 39, Tyler Froland 5, Tyler Rice 10, Jordan Salas 3 … 3-point shots: Aalderks 5, Hoberg 1, Ashburn 1, Froland 1, Rice 2, Salas 1 … Rebound leader: Froland 10 … Assist leader: Ashburn 5, Hoberg 4 … Steal leader: Ashburn 6 ... Block leader: None

Tomahawk

GFW 77,

BLHS 72

Host Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop emerged with a Tomahawk Conference victory over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.

GFW improves to 4-14. BLHS falls to 2-15.

BLHS travels to face Sleepy Eye Saint Mary’s at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

No statistics were available at press time.

Non-conference

Hancock 69,

Battle Lake 52

Outscoring Battle Lake 49-30 in the second half, Hancock collected its third win in its last four games.

Matt Thompson led the Owls with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. With four 3-pointers, Kody Berget added 16 points.

Riley Leabo had a game-high 25-points for the host Battlers.

Hancock returns home to face Underwood at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Hancock (9-6) 20 49 — 69
Battle Lake (3-10) 22 30 — 52
HANCOCK - Scoring: Matt Thompson 23, Kody Berget 16, Preston Rohloff 9, Daniel Milander 9, Colton Crowell 6, Adam Shaw 4, John Kellenberger 2 … 3-point shots: Berget 4, Crowell 2, Rohloff 1 … Rebound leader: Thompson 10, Rohloff 6 … Assist leader: Milander 5, Rohloff 4 … Steal leader: Milander 5, Thompson 4 ... Block leader: None
BATTLE LAKE - Scoring: Riley Leabo 25, Brennan Amundson 10, Drew Johnson 10, Brady Van Erp 3, Bricker Bladow 2, Drew Durbin 2 … 3-point shots: Leabo 4, Johnson 2, Amundson 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A