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Girls Basketball: Cards keep promise in victory

WILLMAR -- Right at the top of Willmar's list of resolutions for the new year was an improved shooting percentage. Unlike most folks three days into the new year, the Cardinals are keeping true to their word.

Willmar's Madi Linbo shoots an off-balanced shot in Thursday's game against St. Cloud Apollo at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune
Willmar's Madi Linbo shoots an off-balanced shot in Thursday's game against St. Cloud Apollo at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune
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WILLMAR - Right at the top of Willmar's list of resolutions for the new year was an improved shooting percentage. Unlike most folks three days into the new year, the Cardinals are keeping true to their word.

Willmar shot 50.9 percent from the field in a 77-46 win against St. Cloud Apollo to remain undefeated in Central Lakes Conference play Thursday night.

Perhaps more impressive than the team's shooting percentage, though, was the defense. Strong defense is an expectation for the Willmar Cardinals and it continued to stymie the Eagles, holding their opponents to just 23 points on either side of halftime and 29.1 percent shooting from the field all game. The Cardinals collected 14 steals, including a team-high three steals by Mackenzie Jones, who also led the team with 11 rebounds.

One of Willmar's keys to the game was limiting senior forward Lariah Washington, an Eastern Illinois commit, who scored a team-high 19 points and scored her 2,000th career point in the game.

Washington led the game in scoring but Willmar's team approach proved to be fruitful, using 12 players to log points. Madi Linbo led all Willmar scorers with 14 points and Abby Berskow joined Katelyn Murphy with 12 points.

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The Cardinals will look to carry the momentum to their next game in a Section 5AAA battle against Monticello at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Monticello.

Willmar 77,

SC Apollo 46

SC Apollo (7-4) 23 23 - 46

Willmar (5-2) 37 40 - 77

ST. CLOUD APOLLO - Scoring: Chloe Swanson 6, Noelle Hackenmueller 1, Lariah Washington 19, Jessica Timpane 5, Ashley Koepp 5, Emily Koepp 3, Grace Kreller 2 ... 3-point shots: Washington 2, E Koeppe 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 12, Amanda Mathiasen 4, Amber Evink 4, Katelyn Murphy 12, Mackenzie Jones 6, Sadie Raitz 2, Callie Slagter 2, Madi Linbo 14, Hannah Johnson 8, Carly Wedel 9, Ashley Prahl 2, Brooke Wittwer 2 ... 3-point shots: Berskow 2 ... Rebound leader: Jones 11, Johnson 8 ... Assist leader: Johnson 3 ... Steal leader: Jones 3

BBE 70,

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HLWW 38

Brittany Berge knocked down four of her five 3-point efforts, scoring 15 points with six rebounds as BBE rolled past Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

Macie Kirckof led the team with 16 points and added seven rebounds.

HLWW (5-7) 22 16 - 38

BBE (6-2) 43 27 - 70

HOWARD LAKE-WAVERLY-WINSTED - Stats not provided

BBE - Scoring: Jacqueline Gossen 3, Jackie Lindsay 2, Grace Illies 7, Cassandra Tensen 8, Jenna Dingmann 8, Macie Kirckof 16, Liz French 2, Josie Knutson 2, Brittany Berge 15, Allisa Knight 6, Karissa Jones 1 ... 3-point shots: Gossen 1, Tensen 1, Dingmann 2, Berge 4 ... Rebound leader: Kirckof 7, Knight 7, Berge 6 ... Assist leader: Illies 4, Tensen 4 ... Steal leader: Illies 3, Knight 3

CMCS 51,

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Benson 44

Coco Duininck scored 21 points and Elli Stoel finished with a double-double to push Central Minnesota Christian past Benson Thursday night.

Stoel scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Duininck logged a team-high four steals for the Bluejays.

Claire Ricard finished just two points shy of a double-double for the Braves, pulling in 10 rebounds.

Benson (5-6) 19 25 - 44

CMCS (4-6) 24 27 - 51

BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 11, Abbie Mitteness 10, Claire Ricard 8, Hannah Andrews 5, Abby Lundebrek 10 ... 3-point shots: Berreau 1 ... Rebound leader: Ricard 10 ... Assist leader: Ricard 4 ... Steal leader: Mitteness 4

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Elli Stoel 11, Reegan Duininck 5, Molly Mulder 8, Coco Duininck 21, Katelyn Bulthuis 6 ... 3-point shots: Stoel 1, C Duininck 3 ... Rebound leader: Stoel 11, Bulthuis 8, Mulder 7 ... Assist leader: R Duininck 7 ... Steal leader: C Duininck 4

D-B 43,

TMB 40

Alex Sather scored 18 points and earned six steals to power Dawson-Boyd to a close Camden Conference win against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

Avery Bartunek helped out the cause with eight points, seven boards and five assists.

TMB (2-8) 17 23 - 40

D-B (3-6) 20 23 - 43

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON - Scoring: Cassidy Smith 8, Kalley Hoek 2, Catherine Wendland 5, Samantha Edwards 12, Olivia Peterson 3, Jadyn Lessman 2, Margaret Dolan 4, Mariah Meyer 4 ... 3-point shots: Smith 2, Wendland 1, Peterson 1 ... Rebound leader: Wendland 6 ... Assist leader: Smith 6 ... Steal leader: Smith 5

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Mary Bothun 7, Megan Mamer 2, Kelcee Spencer 6, Olivia Stratmoen 2, Alex Sather 18, Avery Bartunek 8 ... 3-point shots: Bothun 1, Sather 3 ... Rebound leader: Sather 7, Bartunek 7 ... Assist leader: Bartunek 5 ... Steal leader: Sather 6

Lakeview 54,

KMS 49

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg trailed Lakeview by five at halftime and couldn't make up the gap in the second half, losing to the visiting Lakers 54-49 in Camden Conference play Thursday.

The loss came despite a strong performance from Katie Krieger, who finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven steals, all team highs. Maret Gjerde hit four 3-pointers en route to a 14-point night, and Mallory Rudningen added 10 points for the Fighting Saints.

Lakeview (6-3) 25 29 - 54

KMS (6-4) 20 29 - 49

LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Alexis Lienemann 10, Kiana Imes 9, Aubrey Kaczmarek 14, Sierra Plotz 4, Savannah Rausch 15, Kaitlynn Bot 2 ... 3-point shots: Imes 2, Kaczmarek 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

KMS - Scoring: Katie Krieger 16, Mallory Rudningen 10, Morgan Lesteberg 1, Madison Hauge 1, Maret Gjerde 14, Madison Rohner 7 ... 3-point shots: Gjerde 4 ... Rebound leader: Krieger 6, Rohner 5 ... Assist leader: Krieger 4 ... Steal leader: Krieger 7

LQPV 51,

Canby 36

Lac qui Parle Valley leaned on its outside shooting on Thursday night, hitting eight shots from outside in a 51-36 Camden Conference win against Canby.

Hitting more 3s than 2s as a team, Macie Lund led the perimeter effort with three 3s, finishing with 11 points. Five other Eagles hit a 3-pointer, including Lindsay Kranz, who had a game-high 12 points. Grace Hegland had eight points, nine rebounds and three steals, and Isabel Schirm added 10 points in the victory.

Canby (2-8) 12 24 - 36

LQPV (8-0) 27 24 - 51

CANBY - Scoring: Sarah Hansen 9, McKenzie Ruether 6, Morgan Cleveland 6, Kayelee Johnson 6, Marissa Hansen 5, Ahlea Wright 4 ... 3-point shots: S. Hansen 2, Cleveland 2 ... Rebound leader: NA... Assist leader: NA... Steal leader: NA

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Haley Wollschlager 7, Macie Lund 11, Isabel Schirm 10, Grace Hegland 8, Lindsay Kranz 12, Sidney Gerdes 3 ... 3-point shots: Wollschlager 1, Lund 3, Schirm 1, Hegland 1, Kranz 1, Gerdes 1 ... Rebound leader: Hegland 9, Regan Johnson 7 ... Assist leader: Gerdes 3 ... Steal leader: Wollschlager 3, Hegland 3

YME 42,

MACCRAY 40

Madison Hinz made MACCRAY pay from deep on offense and as a thief on defense, propelling Yellow Medicine East to a 42-40 Camden Conference win Thursday in Clara City.

Hinz had 18 points, hitting four of the Sting's five 3-pointers. She also came up with seven steals, which accounted for half of YME's swipes. Samantha Anderson added eight points, five rebounds and four steals.

The Wolverines, who led by one at halftime, got a team-high 13 points from Piper Asche, who also had six rebounds and four blocks in the loss. Danni Burns followed with nine points.

YME (3-3) 22 20 - 42

MACCRAY (5-5) 23 17 - 40

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Samantha Anderson 8, Meeghen Dahlager 3, Mackenzie Dyrdahl 7, Hannah Gullickson 5, Madison Hinz 18, Lauren McCosh 1 ... 3-point shots: Anderson 1, Hinz 4 ... Rebound leader: McCosh 7, Anderson 5 ... Assist leader: Dahlager 3... Steal leader: Hinz 7

MACCRAY - Scoring: Piper Asche 13, Danni Burns 9, Kate Hultgren 7, Sage Mecker 7, Gabby Randt 4 ... 3-point shots: Asche 2, Burns 3, Hultgren 1, Mecker 2 ... Rebound leader: Randt 7, Asche 6 ... Assist leader: Mecker 2, Asche 2 ... Steal leader: Burns 3, Hultgren 3

Minneota 81,

RCW 18

Top-ranked (Class A) Minneota couldn't be stopped on Thursday night, going up by 32 at halftime and not surrendering a point in the second half in an 81-18 Camden Conference victory over Renville County West.

Lauren Wulf was the lone Jaguar in double digits with 10 points. She also had four rebounds and four steals.

Minneota (9-0) 50 31 - 81

RCW (0-9) 18 0 - 18

MINNEOTA - Stats not provided

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Lauren Wulf 10, Vanessa Savig 2, Pamela Winzenburg 2, Tracie Read 4 ... 3-point shots: None ... Rebound leader: Wulf 4 ... Assist leader: Avery Elfering 1, Savig 1 ... Steal leader: Wulf 4

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