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Girls Basketball: Stout defense helps NLS down Litchfield

NEW LONDON -- It wasn't a conventional night for New London-Spicer's girls basketball team but the Wildcats held off Litchfield for a 58-50 win that could act as a preview of what may come in the Section 3AA tournament.

New London-Spicer's Ashton Engelke dribbles past Litchfield's Kamri Driver during Tuesday's game at New London-Spicer High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune
New London-Spicer's Ashton Engelke dribbles past Litchfield's Kamri Driver during Tuesday's game at New London-Spicer High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune

NEW LONDON - It wasn't a conventional night for New London-Spicer's girls basketball team but the Wildcats held off Litchfield for a 58-50 win that could act as a preview of what may come in the Section 3AA tournament.

The Wildcats struggled to shoot early on but continued to excel defensively to keep things close. NLS used a pair of late 3-pointers to take a 24-16 halftime lead.

Mackenzie Rich and Emma Hanson took over as the go-to scoring options for the Wildcats as point guard Shea Oman worked as a facilitator with six points and eight assists. Rich led all scorers with 19 points and Hanson followed suit with 16 points of her own.

Laney Huhner and Kamri Driver provided the firepower for the Dragons with 12 points apiece. They played a big part in tying the game at 39 points with 6:29 to play but the Wildcats once again saw their shots start to fall, scoring 19 points down the stretch to take the win.

These two teams could meet up once again in the Section 3AA tournament in the sub-section semi final in their quest for a state tournament appearance. The tournament kicks off Thursday.

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NLS 58, Litchfield 50

Litchfield (12-13) 16 34 - 50

NLS (19-6) 24 34 - 58

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Laney Huhner 12, Kamri Driver 12, Natalie Hanson 2, Maddy Shoultz 7, Sydney McCann 6, Neriah Lara 7, Katlyn Cruz 4 ... 3-point shots: Driver 3, Shoultz 1, Lara 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Ashton Engelke 7, Shea Oman 6, Mackenzie Rich 19, Emma Hanson 16, Grace DeSchepper 5, Ava Kraemer 2, Erin Knisley 3 ... 3-point shots: Engelke 1, Rich 2, Hanson 2 ... Rebound leader: Kraemer 9, Hanson 7, Knisley 6 ... Assist leader: Oman 8 ... Steal leader: Engelke 5, Oman 4, Rich 4

Willmar 55, Sauk Rapids 34

After a close battle in January, the Willmar girls basketball team took care of Sauk Rapids-Rice on Tuesday night.

Madi Linbo scored 11 points and Abby Berskow added 10 points to lead the Cardinals, who improved to 22-2.

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The Storm was without Bailey Becker, a Ms. Basketball watch list candidate, who tore her ACL since the teams last played on Jan. 16-a 60-55 Willmar win.

The win for the Cardinals sets up a deciding game for first place in the Central Lakes Conference against Alexandria. A win for Willmar would guarantee at least a share of the conference title in its final CLC game.

Willmar (22-2) 29 26 - 55

Sauk Rapids (9-16) 16 18 - 34

WILLMAR - Scoring:Abby Berskow 10, Mackenzie Jones 2, Katelyn Murphy 8, Caitlin Ogdahl 9, Sadie Raitz 3, Madi Linbo 11, Hannah Johnson 8, Cayle Hovland 4 ... 3-point shots: Berskow 2, Murphy 2, Ogdahl 3, Johnson 1 ... Rebound leader: Johnson 9 ... Assist leader: Johnson 3 ... Steal leader: Berskow 5, Carly Wedel 4

SAUK RAPIDS - Scoring: Bailey Roscoe 8, Noel Reberg 2, Jada Turner 7, Angela Konz 17 ... 3-point shots: Turner 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

BBE 50, Kimball 40

BBE's defense showed up to play in a close win over Kimball Tuesday night.

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Macie Kirckof finished with 16 points while Cassandra Tensen pulled off an impressive night with 14 points and seven steals.

BBE (19-6) 27 23 - 50

Kimball (12-14) 21 19 - 40

BBE - Scoring: Grace Illies 2, Cassandra Tensen 14, Morgan Gronli 9, Macie Kirckof 16, Nicole Wesbur 5, Jenna Fischer 3, Kendra Schmitz 1 ... 3-point shots: Tensen 2, Gronli 3, Fischer 1 ... Rebound leader: Kirckof 5, Wesbur 5 ... Assist leader: Groni 5, Illies 3 ... Steal leader: Tensen 7

KIMBALL - Stats not provided

Melrose 55, Benson 47 2OT

Melrose emerged victorious from a back-and-forth affair with Benson that required a pair of overtime periods Tuesday night.

Claire Ricard, Grace Lee, and Hannah Andrews each finished with double-digit scores, including 13 points from Ricard and Lee.

Melrose (14-11) 25 18 2 10 - 55

Benson (5-21) 18 25 2 2 - 47

MELROSE - Scoring: Sydney Straka 5, Ashley Rademacher 13, Whitney Austing 7, Kinsey Wensmann 5, Britany Martinez 12, Madison Dufner 4, name not available 9 ... 3-point shots: name not available 2, Straka 1, Austing 1, Wensmann 1 ... Rebound leader: Rademacher 9 ... Assist leader: Austing 3 ... Steal leader: NA

BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 7, Courtney McNeill 3, Claire Ricard 13, Hannah Andrews 11, Grace Lee 13 ... 3-point shots: Berreau 1, McNeill 1, Ricard 1, Andrews 1 ... Rebound leader: McNeill 8, Berreau 6, Ricard 6, Lee 6 ... Assist leader: McNeill 3 ... Steal leader: Lee 4

Sauk Centre 76, ACGC 43

Sauk Centre improved to 25-0 with a West Central Conference win over ACGC on Tuesday.

ACGC (9-16) 19 24 - 43

Sauk Centre (25-0) 42 34 - 76

ACGC - Stats not provided

SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: Hannah Dammann 3, Kelsey Peschel 7, Kenzie Schmiesing 6, Megan Klaphake 6, Tori Peschel 10, Maesyn Thiesen 12, Miranda Middendorf 2, Julia Dammann 12, Megan Thoennes 2, Michaela Dammann 17 ... 3-point shots: H Dammann 1, Schmiesing 1, Thiesen 2 ... Rebound leader: M Dammann 9, K Peschel 8, Thiesen 7 ... Assist leader: Peschel 5, Thiesen 4 ... Steal leader: Schmiesing 5, K Peschel 4

Holdingford 78, Paynesville 47

Holdingford pulled away in the second half to down Paynesville on Tuesday night.

Marissa Gerads had 25 points for the Huskers to lead all scorers.

Holdingford (12-13) 29 49 - 78

Paynesville (1-24) 20 27 - 47

HOLDINGFORD - Scoring: Marissa Gerads 25, Grace Gerads 15 ... 3-point shots: NA ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Harley Kunstleben 9, Cora Hentges 8 ... 3-point shots: NA ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Hancock 54, Rothsay 29

Ashlyn Mattson scored 19 points and Haley Mattson scored 15 points to lead Hancock to a win over Rothsay on Tuesday.

Hancock led by just four points at the break but limited Rothsay to just nine second-half points.

Ashlyn Mattson also had nine rebounds, Lexi Staples scored seven points and Tess Steiner had four points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Rothsay (2-21) 20 9 - 29

Hancock (12-10) 24 30 - 54

ROTHSAY - Scoring: Kenzie Lankow 14, Lexie Lankow 5, Jenna Fabre 3, Jayna Gronewold 2, Rachel Brendan 2, Kenadi Carlsrud 2, Cora Honer 1 ... 3-point shots: NA ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

HANCOCK - Scoring: Ashlyn Mattson 19, Haley Mattson 15, Lexi Staples 7, Tess Steiner 4, Rylee Hanson 4, Lindsey Mattson 2, Katelynn Jepma 2, Morgan Kisgen 1 ... 3-point shots: A. Mattson 5, H. Mattson 1, Staples 1 ... Rebound leader: A. Mattson 9, Steiner 9 ... Assist leader: Steiner 3 ... Steal leader: NA

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