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Girls Basketball Roundup: Benson Braves win again, 56-44

Benson wins its sixth straight, beating MACCRAY on Thursday

CLARA CITY — The Benson girls basketball team continued its roll on Thursday night, picking up its sixth straight win against non-conference foe MACCRAY, 56-44.

Claire Ricard had a monster night for the visiting Braves. She had a game-high 26 points along with nine rebounds, seven steals and four blocks. Abby Lundebrek followed up with 17 points and four assists.

The Wolverines were led by Ella Bourne’s 15 points and five assists. Kate Hultgren chipped in with 11 points.

Both teams play at 7:30 p.m. Friday. In its regular-season finale, MACCRAY hosts Central Minnesota Christian. Benson visits Melrose.

Non-conference
Benson 56,
MACCRAY 44

Benson (15-9) 25 31 — 56
MACCRAY (7-17) 24 20 — 44
BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 5, Claire Ricard 26, Hannah Andrews 1, Abby Lundebrek 17, Kimmy Pagel 4, Marissa Connelly 3 … 3-point shots: Berreau 1, Ricard 1, Connelly 1 … Rebound leader: Ricard 9 … Assist leader: Berreau 4, Abbie Mitteness 4, Lundebrek 4 … Steal leader: Ricard 7 ... Block leader: Ricard 4
MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Bourne 15, Kaisa Jaenisch 7, Kate Hultgren 11, Alison Koenen 4, Kylee Kimpling 3, Gabby Randt 2, Elsie Sumner 2 … 3-point shots: Bourne 2, Hultgren 1 … Rebound leader: Koenen 9, Randt 7 … Assist leader: Bourne 5 … Steal leader: Jaenisch 2, Hultgren 2 ... Block leader: Randt 4

Central Minnesota
BBE 59,
Maple Lake 21

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s win streak moved to nine games following a decisive Central Minnesota Conference victory against Maple Lake in the Jaguars’ home finale.

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Alissa Knight paced BBE with 20 points, followed by 10 from Abby Berge.

The Jaguars play at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Royalton.

Maple Lake (8-15) 12 9 — 21
BBE (15-8) 39 20 — 59
MAPLE LAKE - Stats not available
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Karsee Kampsen 7, Grace Illies 6, Jenna Dingmann 7, Allison Dingmann 2, Liz French 1, Abbe Berge 10, Josie Knutson 3, Alissa Knight 20, Karissa Jones 3 … 3-point shots: Kampsen 1, J. Dingmann 1, Knutson 1 … Rebound leader: Illies 6 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: Three with 2 ... Block leader: None

West Central
Minnewaska 47,
Morris/CA 45

Minnewaska led 33-15 at halftime, then held on to beat Morris/Chokio-Alberta in Glenwood.

Maddie Thorfinnson led the Lakers with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Avery Hoeper chipped in with 10 points.

For Morris/CA, Emma Brown had 10 points.

Morris/CA returns home at 7:30 p.m. Monday to face Paynesville.

Minnewaska is host to Montevideo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Morris/CA (14-9) 15 30 — 45
Minnewaska (11-12) 33 14 — 47
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Meredith Carrington 7, Emma Bowman 10, MacKenna Kehoe 2, LaRae Kram 9, Sydney Dietz 1, Kylie Swanson 9, Malory Anderson 7 … 3-point shots: None … Rebound leader: Anderson 10… Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Maddie Thorfinnson 13, Michele Stai 4, Hannah Hoffmann 3, Alexis Piekarski 3, Isabella Ortendahl 6, Emma Thorfinnson 8, Avery Hoeper 10 … 3-point shots: M. Thorfinnson 1, Hoffmann 1, A. Thorfinnson 2 … Rebound leader: M. Thorfinnson 7 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: M. Thorfinnson 3 ... Block leader: M. Thorfinnson 1

Pheasant
Hancock 51,
WCA 48

Hancock won its seventh straight game and gave West Central Area its first Pheasant Conference loss of the season with a three-point win.

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Rylee Hanson had 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Owls while Tori Pahl added 15 points.

The Knights had 17 points from Lexi Bright.

Hancock plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Benson.

WCA (17-7) 31 17 — 48
Hancock (18-6) 27 24 — 51
WEST CENTRAL AREA - Scoring: Lexi Bright 17, Kaitlyn Hansen 8, Kennedy Ulrich 5, Claire Stark 4, Teagan Nelson 3, Hailey Bennett 3, Brynn Fernholz 3, Elizabeth Rustan 3, Kennedy Ulrich 2 … 3-point shots: Bright 3, Hansen 2, Bennett 1, Nelson 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
HANCOCK - Scoring: Rylee Hanson 16, Tori Pahl 15, Carlee Hanson 5, Misti Zimpel 4, Alexis Staples 3, Morgan Kisgen 2, Jenna Kannegiesser 2, Kaitlyn Staples 2, Jordan Hausmann 2 … 3-point shots: A. Staples 1 … Rebound leader: R. Hanson 10 … Assist leader: A. Staples 3 … Steal leader: C. Hanson 3 ... Block leader: N/A

2A-North seeds out

Central Minnesota Christian was awarded the No. 2 seed in the Section 2A-North tournament and will open the postseason on Monday, Feb. 24 in Prinsburg against No. 7 Cleveland.

The Bluejays are the highest-seeded team in the area after posting a 18-5 record through Thursday.

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (19-5) earned the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Renville County West (5-20) on Feb. 24 in Hector.

Defending section champion BOLD (17-8) is seeded fourth and will take on No. 5 Sleepy Eye on Feb. 24 in Olivia.

Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s (20-2) is the top-seed in the north sub-section and will face the winner of No. 9 New Ulm Cathedral and No. 8 Cedar Mountain. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown nabbed the top seed in the south-subsection.

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