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Girls Basketball: Eagles run win streak to seven games

KERKHOVEN -- A long-running, well-executed defensive press turned a close game into a convincing 62-37 Lac qui Parle Valley victory Thursday night over KMS.

Lac qui Parle Valley's Haley Wollschlager draws a shooting foul in Thursday's game against KMS in Kerkhoven. Jake Schultz / Tribune
Lac qui Parle Valley's Haley Wollschlager draws a shooting foul in Thursday's game against KMS in Kerkhoven. Jake Schultz / Tribune

KERKHOVEN - A long-running, well-executed defensive press turned a close game into a convincing 62-37 Lac qui Parle Valley victory Thursday night over KMS.

The Saints led until late in the first half when the Eagles took over for a 29-25 halftime score and the second half proved to be all in favor of the visitors. LQPV outscored their hosts 33-12 to remain undefeated and hand KMS their first loss of the season.

"It was really close in the first half then I think we wore them down," said LQPV head coach John Nolte. "Sometimes that's what we get. We may not get a bunch of steals or turnovers but we wear them down. We have a few girls from the cross country team that play a lot of minutes on our team so they don't mind running too much."

Senior forward Grace Hegland is one of those runners and she helped command the press defensively and helped out offensively with 13 points and a team-high 15 rebounds. Senior center Lindsay Kranz helped take care of plenty of action in the paint, too, scoring a game-high 15 points.

Fellow Eagles Sidney Gerdes and Haley Wollschlager also each reached double figures, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively. Gerdes did it with the deep ball, hitting four 3-pointers, and Wollschlager excelled driving the lane and kicking out, adding seven assists and eight rebounds.

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For KMS, Madison Rohner led the way with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Katie Krieger added 12 points and five assists.

LQPV 62, KMS 37

LQPV (7-0) 29 33 - 62

KMS (5-1) 25 12 - 37

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Haley Wollschlager 11, Macie Lund 5, Isabel Schirm 6, Grace Hegland 13, Lindsay Kranz 15, Sidney Gerdes 12 ... 3-point shots: Gerdes 4, Wollschlager 1, Lund 1 ... Rebound leader: Hegland 14, Wollschlager 8 ... Assist leader: Wollschlager 7, Schirm 3, Hegland 3 ... Steal leader: Hegland 3

KMS - Scoring: Katie Krieger 12, Mallory Rudningen 2, Morgan Lesteberg 4, Maret Gjerde 5, Madison Rohner 14 ... 3-point shots: Gjerde 1 ... Rebound leader: Rohner 12, Lesteberg 4 ... Assist leader: Krieger 5 ... Steal leader: Lesteberg 4, Krieger 3

Sauk Centre 59, NLS 42

New London-Spicer scored the first four points of the second half to break a halftime tie, but it was all Sauk Centre after that in a non-conference game on Thursday in New London.

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NLS' Payton Mages scored 13 points and had three steals, and Mackenzie Rich had 11 points and five rebounds.

Michaela Dammann led four Mainstreeters scoring in double figures with 15 points.

NLS is off until taking on Albany in the Heritage Bank WildCard tournament at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sauk Centre (6-1) 21 38 - 59

NLS (4-3) 21 21 - 42

SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: MaKenna Westby 11, Megan Klaphake 8, Maddie Nelson 3, Tori Peschel 10, Julia Dammann 12, Michaela Dammann 15 ... 3-point shots: Westby 3, Klaphake 2, Nelson 1, J. Dammann 3 ... Rebound leader: Dammann 8 ... Assist leader: Klaphake 3, Peschel 3 ... Steal leader: Peschel 3, Westby 4 (4 blocks)xxx

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Sam Johnson 3, Aleah Zieske 2, Mackenzie Rich 11, Emma Hanson 7, Payton Mages 13, Grace DeSchepper 1, Eva Kraemer 4, Isa Ommodt 1 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Hanson 1, Mages 1, Rich 3 ... Rebound leader: Rich 5, Johnson 4 ... Assist leader: Zieske 3 ... Steal leader: Mages 3

Willmar 67, St. Cloud Tech 24

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Willmar's defense showed up to play Thursday night, holding St. Cloud Tech to just 24 total points in a Central Lakes Conference victory.

The Cardinals outscored the Tigers 38-11 in the first half with improved shooting in the half-court. Carly Wedel led all scorers with 17 points and Mackenzie Jones followed with 13 points.

Willmar (5-1) 38 29 - 67

SC Tech (2-7) 11 13 - 24

WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 8, Megan Engel 3, Katelyn Murphy 4, Mackenzie Jones 13, Sadie Raitz 2, Callie Slagter 2, Madi Linbo 8, Hannah Johnson 3, Carly Wedel 17, Ashley Prahl 5, Brooke Wittwer 2 ... 3-point shots: Berskow 2, Engel 1, Jones 1 ... Rebound leader: Wedel 7, Linbo 5 ... Assist leader: Johnson 4, Berskow 4 ... Steal leader: Berskow 2, Murphy 2, Raitz 2, Johnson 2

ST. CLOUD TECH - Scoring: Emma Borchert 3, Emma Imdieke 2, Sarah Harris 5, Genaya Murray 2, Rachael Kaczor 6, Meya Washington 2, Hailie Christiansen 4 ... 3-point shots: Borchert 1, Harris 1, Christiansen 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Paynesville 36, LPGE 33

Thanks to a strong defensive effort that held Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to seven second-half points, Paynesville got into the win column the first time this year with a 36-33 non-conference victory Thursday in Paynesville.

Down 26-19 at halftime, the Bulldogs' fortunes turned around thanks in large part to Brynn Johnson, who hit three 3-pointers in the second half en route to a game-high 13 points. Harley Kunstleben and Delaney Ignace also hit triples for Paynesville in the second half.

Emma Liebsch was the Thunder's top scorer with 11 points.

LPGE (1-7) 26 7 - 33

Paynesville (1-6) 19 17 - 36

LONG PRAIRIE-GREY EAGLE - Scoring: Hannah Middendorf 5, Jessica Wolbeck 5, Emma Liebsch 11, Anyela Mata Contreras 6, Kaitlin Welters 6... 3-point shots: Wolbeck 1, Liebsch 1, Kircher 1, Mata Contreras 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Kali Reiter 4, Kylee Everson 3, Lindy Hennen 2, Harley Kunstleben 6, Natalie Lieser 5, Brynn Johnson 13, Delaney Ignace 3 ... 3-point shots: Kunstleben 2, Lieser 1, Johnson 3, Ignace 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Redwood Valley 56, Benson 50

Haley Garman scored 22 points and hauled in nine rebounds to help Redwood Valley past Benson by six points.

Claire Ricard led the game with 23 points but Redwood Valley won each half by three points to tally the victory.

RV (6-3) 27 29 - 56

Benson (2-6) 24 26 - 50

REDWOOD VALLEY - Scoring: Caitlyn Johnson 3, Leah Irlbeck 4, AJ Guggisberg 6, Aubree Hicks 2, Aubrey Bidinger 2, Hannah Schjenken 4, Amy Martius 4, Sydney Sommers 9, Haley Garman 22 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Guggisberg 2, Martius 1 ... Rebound leader: Garman 9 ... Assist leader: Sommers 2 ... Steal leader: Sommers 2

BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 7, Abbie Mitteness 2, Claire Ricard 23, Hannah Andrews 3, Abby Lundebrek 9, Marissa Connelly 6 ... 3-point shots: Berreau 1, Ricard 1, Connelly 2 ... Rebound leader: Ricard 5 ... Assist leader: Andrews 2... Steal leader: Andrews 4, Ricard 3

BOLD 76,

Springfield 58

BOLD earned an impressive 18-point victory against Springfield, a Section 2A rival behind a 23-point performance from Brenna Weis.

Weis led the Warriors in scoring but she had three other teammates reach double figures. Makenna Steffel scored 16 points, Makayla Snow scored 14 points and Ashley Trongard added 11 points. Steffel and Trongard each hauled in 10 rebounds and Snow grabbed nine.

BOLD will look to add another one to the win column when Morris/Chokio-Alberta comes to town at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Olivia.

Springfield (5-3) 43 15 - 58

BOLD (6-2) 46 30 - 76

SPRINGFIELD - Scoring: Meriah Kirschstein 9, Courtney Wendt 5, Sam Richert 1, Mackenzie Lothert 6, Taylor Augustin 2, Sydney Hauger 35 ... 3-point shots: Hauger 7, Lothert 2, Kirschstein 2 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

BOLD - Scoring: Alex Revier 2, Morgan Schmitz 7, Lanie Mages 3, Makenna Steffel 16, Ashley Trongard 11, Makayla Snow 14, Brenna Weis 23 ... 3-point shots: None ... Rebound leader: Steffel 10, Trongard 10, Snow 9, Weis 6 ... Assist leader: Trongard 6, Snow 4, Weis 3 ... Steal leader: Snow 3, Steffel 2, Mages 2, Trongard 2, Weis 2

CMCS 60, RCW 36

With Reegan Duininck and Elli Stoel leading the way, Central Minnesota Christian was able to get back over the .500 mark, beating Renville County West in Camden Conference North play, 60-36.

Reegan had a game-high 23 points along with six steals, and Stoel secured a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Coco Duininck added 11 points in the Bluejays' win.

Lauren Wulf collected nine points and seven rebounds for the Jaguars, followed by six points and six assists for Avery Elfering.

RCW (0-8) 14 22 - 36

CMCS (5-4) 24 36 - 60

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Avery Elfering 6, Alyssa Ashburn 1, Lauren Wulf 9, Holly Bratsch 2, Vanessa Savig 3, Pamela Winzenburg 4, Tracie Read 5, Lauren Allex 4 ... 3-point shots: Elfering 2, Allex 1 ... Rebound leader: Read 9, Wulf 7 ... Assist leader: Elfering 6 ... Steal leader: Read 3

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Sarah Nelson 1, Elli Stoel 21, Coco Duininck 11, Reegan Duininck 23, Nyssa Vogel 2, Katelyn Bulthuis 2 ... 3-point shots: Stoel 2, Duininck 1 ... Rebound leader: Stoel 11 ... Assist leader: Stoel 2, C Duininck 2, Bulthuis 2 ... Steal leader: R Duininck 6

MACCRAY 46, Dawson-Boyd 37

Piper Asche helped MACCRAY mount a comeback with a 26-15 second half scoreline to earn a Camden Conference win against Dawson-Boyd.

Asche led all scorers with 17 points and added seven rebounds for good measure. Dawson-Boyd's Alex Sather scored a team-high 15 points with 10 rebounds while Mary Bothun finished just one point shy of a double-double, scoring nine points with 11 rebounds.

D-B (2-6) 22 15 - 37

MACCRAY (5-5) 20 26 - 46

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Mary Bothun 9, Megan Mamer 2, Kelcee Spencer 1, Olivia Stratmoen 2, Alex Sather 15, Avery Bartunek 8 ... 3-point shots: Bothun 2, Sather 2 ... Rebound leader: Bothun 11, Sather 10 ... Assist leader: Bothun 3 ... Steal leader: Bartunek 5, Sather 4

MACCRAY - Scoring: Sage Mecker 11, Piper Asche 17, Annie Dykema 2, Gabby Randt 8, Ella Bourne 4, Kylee Kimpling 3, Dannielle Burns 1 ... 3-point shots: Mecker 3 ... Rebound leader: Kimpling 7, Asche 7, Randt 6 ... Assist leader: Asche 5 ... Steal leader: Mecker 4

YME 46, Lakeview 43

Yellow Medicine East secured its second straight Camden Conference South win on Thursday, fighting back from a 29-24 halftime deficit to beat Lakeview in Cottonwood.

Mackenzie Dyrdahl led the Sting's efforts with 14 points, four assists and four steals. Samantha Anderson nearly had a double-double with eight points, 11 rebounds along with five assists. Madison Hinz tallied nine points for YME.

YME (3-3) 24 22 - 46

Lakeview (5-3) 29 14 - 43

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Madison Hinz 9, Samantha Anderson 8, Lauren McCosh 5, Mackenzie Dyrdahl 14, Meeghen Dahlager 4, Hannah Gullickson 6 ... 3-point shots: Hinz 2, Anderson 1, McCosh 1 ... Rebound leader: Anderson 11 ... Assist leader: Anderson 5, Dahlager 4 ... Steal leader: Dahlager 4

LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Alexis Lienemann 5, Kiana Imes 10, Savanna Louwagie 5, Aubrey Kaczmarek 4, Savannah Rausch 8, Jaci Hubbard 2 ... 3-point shots: Imes 2, Louwagie 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Hancock 57, Ortonville 45

Hancock snapped a three-game losing streak on Thursday, beating Ortonville 57-45 in Pheasant Conference action in Hancock.

Carlee Hanson finished with 13 points and five assists, leading a trio of Owls in double-digit points. Morgan Kisgen had 11 points with three steals, and Haley Mattson added 11 points. Rylee Hanson provided a big post presence for Hancock with nine points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

Ortonville (4-2) 22 23 - 45

Hancock (3-3) 27 30 - 57

ORTONVILLE - Scoring: Jaiden Conroy 14, Emily Ross 14, Carissa Vanderwal 7, Gabby Larson 7, Allyssa Kirchberg 2, Tylia Buchannon 2, Brianna Kirchberg 1 ... 3-point shots: Ross 2, Conroy 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

HANCOCK - Scoring: Carlee Hanson 13, Morgan Kisgen 11, Haley Mattson 11, Rylee Hanson 9, Alexis Staples 8, Taylor Wilson 3, Tori Pahl 2 ... 3-point shots: C. Hanson 2, Kisgen 2 ... Rebound leader: R. Hanson 13, Pahl 8, Staples 6 ... Assist leader: C. Hanson 5 ... Steal leader: Kisgen 3

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