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Girls Basketball Roundup: Complete effort lifts Willmar over Brainerd

Cardinals now 5-2 in CLC

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BRAINERD — The Willmar girls basketball team moved to 5-2 in Central Lakes Conference play and evened its road record at 3-3 after beating Brainerd, 50-37 on Thursday night.

Tied 25-all at halftime, the Cardinals’ defense held the Warriors to 12 second-half points to secure the victory.

“Best overall game we’ve played to date,” said Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson. “We really stepped up tonight and took leadership for what we were doing on the floor. Far less coaching going on because of our communication. It was fun to see the girls own what they were doing.”

Mackenzie Jones led the Cardinals in scoring with 20 points on 6 of 15 shooting from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. Madi Linbo added 10 points and Katelyn Murphy dished out nine assists to go with five points and six rebounds.

Willmar goes back on the road Friday to face Sartell.

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Willmar 50,
Brainerd 37

Willmar (6-3) 25 25 — 50
Brainerd (4-4) 25 12 — 37
WILLMAR - Scoring: Sam Christoffer 3, Amber Evink 2, Katelyn Murphy 5, Mackenzie Jones 20, Sadie Raitz 2, Callie Slagter 2, Madi Linbo 10, Ashley Prahl 6 … 3-point shots: Christoffer 1, Jones 2 … Rebound leader: Murphy 6, Jones 5 … Assist leader: Murphy 9 … Steal leader: Three with 1 ... Block leader: None
BRAINERD - Scoring: Myah Nelson 16, Autumn Miles 3, Meghan Smith 2, Ally Brzezinski 2, Olivia Tautges 2, Delaney Schaeffer 2, Grace Zimmerman 4, Erika Lane 6 … 3-point shots: Nelson 4, Miles 1, Lane 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Non-Conference
Sauk Centre 55, NLS 50

In a game featuring two teams with six-game winning streaks, New London-Spicer suffered its first loss of the season at Sauk Centre.

Tied at 21 entering halftime, the home team outscored the Wildcats by five points in the second half.

Avery Rich had a team-high 12 points for the visitors. With 4 3-pointers, Julia Dammann led all scorers with 18 points.

After the defeat, NLS will look to rebound at Mound Westonka at 2 p.m. Saturday.

NLS (6-1) 21 29 — 50
Sauk Centre (7-1) 21 34 — 55
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Jaden Coahran 2, Avery Rich 12, Mackenzie Rich 6, Emma Hanson 1, Payton Mages 4, Grace DeSchepper 10, Ava Kraemer 6, Erin Knisley 9 … 3-point shots: A. Rich 1, M. Rich 2 … Rebound leader: DeSchepper 9 … Assist leader: M. Rich 5 … Steal leader: A. Rich 4 ... Block leader: Mages 3
SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: McKenna Westby 9, Megan Klaphake 6, Tori Peschel 4, Kayle Trisko 5, Julia Dammann 18, Audrey Zenzen 2, Michaela Dammann 11 … 3-point shots: Westby 2, Klaphake 2, Trisko 1, J. Dammann 4 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

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W-WG 43,
RCW 40

Renville County West dropped to 1-8 this season following a close loss on the road against Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

Jaguars senior forward Lauren Wulf led all scorers with 15 points. Hannah Pfarr added 12 points. The hosts were led by Kelly Berglund, who had 13 points.

RCW will travel to Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

RCW (1-8) 18 22 — 40
W-WG (2-4) 17 26 — 43
RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Rachel Jakel 2, Addyson Tanner 6, Lauren Wulf 15, Holly Bratsch 4, Hannah Pfarr 12, Avery Roxberg 1 … 3-point shots: None … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE - Scoring: Kelly Berglund 13, Alli Vande Kirft 9, Lexi Herding 2, Halle Steen 4, Bethany Byers 12, Kelsey DeSmith 1, Camryn Bunting 2 … 3-point shots: Byers 3 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

YME 68,
Paynesville 55

Madison Hinz and Shelby Mortenson powered Yellow Medicine East to a double-digit win at Paynesville.

Hinz nailed 5 3-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points. Mortensen collected a double-double, pouring in 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Lauren McCosh contributed with 15 points and nine boards.

Paced by Natalie Lieser’s 14 points, the Bulldogs had four players in double figures. Winless this season, Paynesville will be back home against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

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The Sting will host Canby at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

YME (3-4) 39 29 — 68
Paynesville (0-7) 27 28 — 55
YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Lauren McCosh 15, Yansi Flores 6, Madison Hinz 22, Hannah Stark 5, Brylea Ruff 6, Shelby Mortenson 14 … 3-point shots: McCosh 1, Flores 1, Hinz 5, Ruff 2 … Rebound leader: Mortenson 13, McCosh 9 … Assist leader: Flores 7 … Steal leader: Stark 2 ... Block leader: Three with 1
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Maddie Hentges 10, Kendra Schleper 6, Kali Reiter 4, Harley Kunstleben 11, Katie Uhlenkamp 10, Natalie Lieser 14 … 3-point shots: Hentges 3, Kunstleben 3, Lieser 4 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

West Central
BOLD 73,
ACGC 19

BOLD avenged its Tuesday loss to Melrose in a big way on Thursday with a 73-19 West Central Conference victory against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in Olivia.

Brenna Weis led a trio of Warriors in double digits with 20 points, also adding five steals and four assists. Makayla Snow and Ashley Trongard both had double-doubles, with Snow getting 19 points and 11 rebounds. Trongard compiled 16 points and 10 boards.

Diamond Picotte and Daniela Parker paced the Falcons with eight points apiece.

BOLD opens the Norwood Young America holiday tournament on Dec. 27 against Watertown-Mayer. ACGC heads to Hancock on Friday.

ACGC (1-4) 13 6 — 19
BOLD (6-2) 49 24 — 73
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - Scoring: Diamond Picotte 8, Rachel Wilner 3, Daniela Parker 8 … 3-point shots: None … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
BOLD - Scoring: Mari Ryberg 7, Maddi Jensen 2, Ashley Trongard 16, Makayla Snow 19, Brenna Weis 20, Leslie Snow 8, Abby Meyers 1 … 3-point shots: Weis 2, Ryberg 1 … Rebound leader: M. Snow 11, Trongard 10, Ryberg 6 … Assist leader: Trongard 4, M. Snow 4, Weis 4 … Steal leader: Weis 5, M. Snow 3 ... Block leader: None

Melrose 55,
Benson 42

Benson’s record fell to 3-3 after a 13-point loss at home against Melrose.

Claire Ricard scored 13 points for the Braves, including three makes from three-point range.

Melrose’s Makiya Leutmer led all scorers with 17 points.

Benson next plays at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2 when it hosts to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.

Melrose (4-1) 22 33 — 55
Benson (3-3) 17 25 — 42
MELROSE - Scoring: Ashley Rademacher 10, Kinsey Wensmann 12, Kyja Birch 10, Maddie Rosenberger 6, Makiya Leutmer 17 … 3-point shots: Wensmann 1, Leutmer 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 10, Abbie Mitteness 2, Claire Ricard 13, Hannah Andrews 3, Abby Lundebrek 9, Marissa Connelly 5 … 3-point shots: Berreau 2, Ricard 3, Andrews 1, Connelly 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Central MN
Holdingford 55,
BBE 49

Holdingford improved to 7-0 with the road win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade.

The Huskers and Jaguars were tied 24-24 at halftime.

Alissa Knight had 27 points and 13 rebounds for BBE. Grace Illies contributed five steals and three assists.

BBE plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Litchfield.

Holdingford (7-0) 24 31 — 55
BBE (3-4) 24 25 — 49
HOLDINGFORD - Stats not provided
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Karsee Kampsen 2, Jackie Lindsay 4, Grace Illies 4, Jenna Dingmann 1, Josie Knutson 4, Alissa Knight 27, Karissa Jones 7 … 3-point shots: Lindsay 1, Illies 1 … Rebound leader: Knight 13 … Assist leader: Illies 3 … Steal leader: Illies 5 ... Block leader: N/A

Wright County
Rockford 60,
Litchfield 46

With 21 points from Sydney Manthana, Rockford knocked off Litchfield for a Wright County Conference victory.

Sydney McCann was the lone Dragon in double figures with 12 points, followed by nine from Greta Hansen.

Litchfield plays host to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7 p.m. Friday.

Litchfield (1-4) 18 28 — 46
Rockford (7-1) 32 28 — 60
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 2, Sydney McCann 12, Kamri Driver 3, Greta Hansen 9, Kelsey Ballard 2, Morgan Kaping 2, Lily Osterberg 5, Neriah Lara 5, Katelyn Cruze 2, Izzy Pennertz 4 … 3-point shots: McCann 1, Osterberg 1, Lara 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

ROCKFORD - Scoring: Sydney Manthana 21, Sara Byers 8, Ava Cusciotta 13, Ellie Sather 8, Aliyah Robran 7, Jayden Lark 3 … 3-point shots: Manthana 2, Sather 2, Lark 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

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