WILLMAR — The Willmar girls basketball team can add knocking off a state-ranked team to its impressive early-season resume.

The Cardinals improved to 4-0 with a 63-55 victory over Fergus Falls on Tuesday at the Big Red Gym.

The Otters are ranked sixth in Class AA by the Minnesota Basketball News. Willmar, a Class AAA team, is unranked.

“What a battle tonight,” Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson said. “Both teams (were) giving everything they had.

“That’s what high school sports are supposed to be all about. (It was a) fun night, great effort by our girls.”

Both Willmar and Fergus Falls players go after the ball during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game at Willmar Senior High School. 

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Both Willmar and Fergus Falls players go after the ball during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game at Willmar Senior High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

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The Cardinals held Fergus Falls to 29.4% shooting from the field (20 of 68). The Otters, known for their strong outside game, were 26.7% from 3-point range (8 of 30), led by Ellie Colbeck, who had 16 points.

Willmar, meanwhile, shot 41.2% from 3-point range (7-17), led by Jaida Rieman, who made 3 of 6 from long distance on her way to a team-leading 18 points.

Willmar players cheer on their team during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game against Fergus Falls at Willmar Senior High School. 

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Willmar players cheer on their team during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game against Fergus Falls at Willmar Senior High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

MacKenzie Jones had 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two blocks for the Cardinals. Sammy Christoffer added 11 points and five assists and Callie Slagter added 10 rebounds and three steals.

Willmar next plays at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Rocori in Cold Spring.

Fergus Falls juniors Ainsley Hansen, left, and Ellie Colbeck try to intercept the ball from Willmar senior Callie Slagter during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game at Willmar Senior High School. 

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Fergus Falls juniors Ainsley Hansen, left, and Ellie Colbeck try to intercept the ball from Willmar senior Callie Slagter during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game at Willmar Senior High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

Willmar 63,

Fergus Falls 55

Fergus Falls (2-2) 29 26 — 55
Willmar (4-0) 39 24 — 63
FERGUS FALLS - Scoring: Ellie Colbeck 16, Nuss 5, Strom 8, Ainsley Hansen 6, Tori Ratz 8, Anderson 5, Poejewski 4, Pearson 3 … 3-point shots: Colbeck 3, Nuss 1, Strom 2, Ratz 1, Pearson 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A… Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
WILLMAR - Scoring: Sammy Christoffer 11, Ellary Lange 12, Zoe Schroeder 2, Mackenzie Jones 17, Emily Staska 3, Jaida Reiman 18 … 3-point shots: Lange 1-3, Jones 2-7, Staska 1-1, Reiman 3-6 … Rebound leaders: Callie Slagter 10, Jones 6, Ella Shinn 6 … Assist leaders: Christoffer 5, Jones 3 … Steal leader: Shinn 3 ... Block leader: Jones 2

Willmar junior Samantha Christoffer (1) dribbles the ball while Fergus Falls junior Tori Ratz tries to guard her during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game at Willmar Senior High School. 

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Willmar junior Samantha Christoffer (1) dribbles the ball while Fergus Falls junior Tori Ratz tries to guard her during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game at Willmar Senior High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

Wright County

NLS 52, Annandale 33

New London-Spicer outscored Annandale 31-15 in the second half during a home victory to stay undefeated this season.

Grace DeSchepper had 15 points, 16 rebounds and three steals to lead the Wildcats. Ava Kraemer added six points and 11 boards.

NLS plays next at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dassel-Cokato.

Annandale (1-2) 18 15 — 33
NLS (4-0) 21 31 — 52
ANNANDALE - Scoring: Emma Fashant 6, Kali Jones 8, Josey Marquette 2, Alison Helget 9, Chance Korpela 1, Nylaam Jok 5, Lauren Campbell 2 … 3-point shots: Helget 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
NLS - Scoring: Nyla Johnson 2, Jaden Coahran 7, Avery Rich 3, Mackenzie Rich 7, Emma Hanson 2, Grace DeSchepper 15, Ellary Peterson 1, Ava Kraemer 6, Audrey Schneider 2, Erin Knisley 7 … 3-point shots: Coahran 1, A. Rich 1, M. Rich 1 … Rebound leaders: DeSchepper 16, Kraemer 11, Hanson 9 … Assist leaders: M. Rich 6, A. Rich 3 … Steal leaders: DeSchepper 3, Coahran 2 ... Block leader: Knisley 1, Kraemer 1

West Central

BOLD 71,

Morris/CA 63 (OT)

In a back-and-forth contest, BOLD’s outside shooters came up big late.

Down three with five seconds to go in regulation, the Warriors’ Leslie Snow hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. Then in the extra period, eighth-grader Lainey Braulick hit three of her four 3-pointers to help BOLD pull away.

“She has a chance to be pretty good,” Warriors head coach Brian Kingery said of Braulick.

He added, “It was a great basketball game. We led the whole first half, then they were up six or seven with three minutes left. … We kept fighting and we hit a few shots and before you know it, it’s overtime.”

Snow had a team-high 19 points, followed by 16 from Braulick and Ryberg, and 11 from Abby Meyers. Ryberg also had 10 rebounds.

The Tigers’ Emma Bowman scored a game-high 23 points, followed by 12 from Maddy Grove and Sydney Dietz.

BOLD travels to Montevideo on Friday while Morris/CA heads to Melrose on Friday.

Morris/CA (1-3) 26 32 5 — 63
BOLD (3-1) 32 26 13 — 71
MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Meredith Carrington 9, Maddy Grove 12, Emma Bowman 23, Sydney Dietz 12, Shannon Dougherty 6 … 3-point shots: Carrington 1, Grove 1, Bowman 1, Dietz 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
BOLD - Scoring: Lainey Braulick 16, Caylee Weber 2, Mari Ryberg 16, Lidia Plass 2, Lily Dean 5, Leslie Snow 19, Abby Meyers 11 … 3-point shots: Braulick 4, Ryberg 2, Dean 1, Snow 1 … Rebound leader: Ryberg 10, Meyers 8 … Assist leader: Dean 4, Braulick 3 … Steal leader: Braulick 3 ... Block leader: Weber 2, Snow 2

Sauk Centre 64,

Minnewaska 40

Senior center Michaela Dammann poured in 20 points to lead host Sauk Centre past Minnewaska.

Maddie Thorfinnson and Isabella Ortendahl each had 10 points for the Lakers.

Hailey Middendorf added 11 points for the Mainstreeters.

Minnewaska (0-4) 18 22 — 40
Sauk Centre (4-0) 39 25 — 64
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Makena Panitzke 8, Maddie Thorfinnson 10, Addy Randt 2, Maddy Meulebroeck 2, Isabella Ortendahl 10, Avery Hoeper 5, Brecklyn Beyer 3 … 3-point shots: N/A … Rebound leaders: Thorfinnson 6, Panitzke 5 … Assist leader: Panitzke 3 … Steal leader: Thorfinnson 4 ... Block leaders: Panitzke 1, Thorfinnson 1
SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: Maddie Nelson 5, Jackie Middendorf 7, Kortan 10, Hailey Middendorf 11, Jenna Gapinski-Vogt 7, Jennison 2, Audrey Zenzen 2, Michaela Dammann 20 … 3-point shots: Nelson 1-2, J. Middendorf 1-2, Kortan 2-5, H. Middendorf 3-4 … Rebound leader: Dammann 7 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Montevideo 66,

Melrose 46

Montevideo rattled off its third straight win to open up the season, beating Melrose by 20 points.

The Thunder Hawks will look to go 4-0 Friday when they host BOLD.

Melrose (2-2) 24 22 — 46
Montevideo (3-0) 34 32 — 66

Camden

CMCS 58, KMS 37

Central Minnesota Christian earned its first victory of the season with the win at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

Three players scored in double figures, led by Coco Duininck’s 26 points. Molly Mulder had 13 points and Lauren Taatjes contributed 10. Duininck also had seven rebounds, three assists and five steals. Mulder contributed 11 rebounds.

For KMS, Maret Gjerde led the way with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

CMCS plays Thursday at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton. KMS is next scheduled to play Monday at Renville County West.

CMCS (1-2) 28 30 — 58
KMS (0-4) 20 17 — 37
CMCS - Scoring: Maaike Duininck 5, CC Roiseland 2, Molly Mulder 13, Lauren Taatjes 10, Coco Duininck 26, Nyssa Vogel 2 … 3-point shots: M. Duininck 1-1, C. Duininck 2-6 … Rebound leaders: Mulder 11, M. Duininck 8, C. Duininck 7 … Assist leaders: M. Duininck 3, C. Duininck 3 … Steal leader: C. Duininck 5 ... Block leader: Mulder 1
KMS - Scoring: Grace Collins 3, Elsa Gjerde 2, Maret Gjerde 10, Julia Carlson 3, Josie Gjerde 5, Lauren Krieger 6, Haley Demuth 8 … 3-point shots: Collins 1-2, M. Gjerde 1-9, Carlson 1-2, J. Gjerde 1-5, Demuth 1-2 … Rebound leaders: M. Gjerde 7, Krieger 6 … Assist leader: M. Gjerde 3 … Steal leaders: Collins 2, E. Gjerde 2, Krieger 2, Demuth 2 ... Block leaders: M. Gjerde 1, Carlson 1, Krieger 1

RTR 63, YME 49

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton improved to 3-0 with the victory over Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

Kalleigh Carr had 20 points and Ella Hesse 15 to lead RTR.

For YME, Ruby Bones had 19 points and Hannah Stark contributed 15.

YME plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at MACCRAY.

RTR (3-0) 33 30 — 63
YME (2-2) 22 27 — 49
RTR - Scoring: Alexis Schreurs 2, Kalleigh Carr 20, Haley Muenchow 8, Faith Thomsen 8, Ella Hesse 15, Kyah Ellefson 2, Skylar Borresen 7, Maddison Wendland 1 … 3-point shots: Carr 1-3, Hesse 1-1, Borresen 1-1 … Rebound leaders: Muenchow 8, Carr 7 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: Muenchow 6 ... Block leader: N/A
YME - Scoring: Yansi Flores 2, Ruby Bones 19, Gracie Kleven 3, Hannah Stark 15, Brylea Ruff 2, Shelby Mortenson 8 … 3-point shots: Kleven 1-2, Stark 2-5 … Rebound leaders: Mortenson 10, Bones 8, Ruff 6 … Assist leaders: Bones 4, Stark 4 … Steal leaders: Schuler 2, Stark 2 ... Block leaders: Mortenson 4, Bones 3

MACCRAY 60,

RCW 51

MACCRAY earned its first victory of the season with the victory at Renville County West.

Ella Bourne had 24 points, four assists and seven seals and Gabby Randt contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolverines, who also got 10 points and five rebounds from Kaisa Jaenisch.

MACCRAY plays Yellow Medicine East at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Clara City. RCW faces Canby at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Renville.

MACCRAY (1-3) 32 28 — 60
RCW (0-3) 22 29 — 51
MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Bourne 24, Kaisa Jaenisch 10, Kylee Kimpling 2, Elsie Sumner 3, Alison Koenen 8, Gabby Randt 13 … 3-point shots: Bourne 4-12, Sumner 1-2 … Rebound leaders: Randt 14, Koenen 8, Jaenisch 5 … Assist leaders: Kimpling 5, Bourne 4 … Steal leader: Bourne 7 ... Block leader: Kimpling 2
RCW - Stats not available

Non-conference

Litchfield 62,

Redwood Val. 45

Litchfield senior Sydney McCann became the school’s all-time career assists leader in the Dragons’ home win over Redwood Valley.

Tied for the record heading into the game, McCann had six helpers on Tuesday, putting her career total at 380. The previous record of 374 was held by 2017 grad Kyndra Beavers.

Lily Osterberg hit seven 3-pointers en route to a team-high 23 points for the Dragons. McCann added 12 points in the victory.

Aubree Hicks and Haley Garman each had 13 points to lead the Cardinals.

Litchfield travels to Glencoe-Silver Lake on Thursday.

Redwood Val. (1-2) 24 21 — 45
Litchfield (2-0) 29 33 — 62
REDWOOD VAL. - Scoring: Hannah Schjenken 9, Kate Ahrens 3, Aubree Hicks 13, Sydney Sommers 7, Haley Garman 13 … 3-point shots: Schjenken 1, Ahrens 1, Hicks 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 4, Sydney McCann 12, Ryanna Steinhaus 2, Kamri Driver 5, Greta Hansen 4, Sydney Jackman 5, Lily Osterberg 23, Maggie Boerema 2, Izzy Pennertz 5 … 3-point shots: McCann 1, Driver 1, Jackman 1, Osterberg 7 … Rebound leader: Pennertz 9 … Assist leader: McCann 6 … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Benson 36,

ACGC 17

Benson earned its first victory of the season in a low-scoring affair at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Beth Cain led the visitors with 13 points and six rebounds. Marley Rush chipped in a game-high 15 rebounds.

Grace Kaehler led the Falcons with eight points and six rebounds.

ACGC plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Paynesville. Benson visits BOLD at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Olivia.

Benson (1-3) 14 22 — 36
ACGC (0-2) 9 8 — 17
BENSON - Scoring: Susan Knutson 2, Mya Kurkosky 5, Adysen Himley 6, Sarah Brandt 2, Kimmy Pagel 6, Marley Rush 2, Beth Cain 13 … 3-point shots: Kurkosky 1, Pagel 1, Cain 1 … Rebound leader: Rush 15, Pagel 6, Cain 6 … Assist leader: Marissa Connelly 3 … Steal leader: Kurkosky 4 ... Block leader: N/A
ACGC - Scoring: Elli Roemeling 3, Mikaili Johnson 2, Brooke Tagtow 1, Raeanna Kaddatz 3, Grace Kaehler 8 … 3-point shots: Kaehler 1 … Rebound leader: Roemeling 7, Kaehler 6 … Assist leader: Roemeling 1 … Steal leader: Roemeling 1 ... Block leader: Kaddatz 1, Tagtow 1