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Morris/CA Tigers transition game matters in beating BOLD Warriors

Tigers knock off Warriors, 77-66

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Morris/CA's Emma Bowman fights through the BOLD defense for a layup in the first half of Tuesday's West Central Conference game in Olivia. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

OLIVIA — Morris/Chokio-Alberta’s adjustments made all the difference on Tuesday.

After struggling through the first 10 minutes of Tuesday’s West Central Conference game against BOLD, the visiting Tigers found success in the transition game while holding the Warriors to just one 3-pointer for a 75-66 victory.

BOLD was cruising early, regularly beating Morris/CA’s zone defense with transition buckets and back-door cuts. After a timeout, the Tigers switched to man defense and left the Warriors discombobulated as the game was tied 32-all at halftime.

Leading Morris/CA’s surge was Emma Bowman, who scored a team-high 23 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Malory Anderson added 14 points and Kendra Wevley chipped in with 11.

Makayla Snow paced BOLD with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Brenna Weis scored 12 points in the first half before hurting her knee and sitting out the second half. Ashley Trongard and Leslie Snow both had 10 in the Warriors’ loss.

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The No. 3 seed in Section 3AA-North, Morris/CA opens the postseason Saturday at home against No. 6 Litchfield.

BOLD, the No. 4 seed in 2A-North, begins the playoffs at home Monday against No. 5 Sleepy Eye.

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Morris/CA's Kylie Swanson (left) and BOLD's Ashley Trongard go after a loose ball during the first half of Tuesday's West Central Conference game in Olivia. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

West Central
Morris/CA 75,
BOLD 66

Morris/CA (16-9) 32 43 — 75
BOLD (17-9) 32 34 — 66
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Carrington 9, Emma Bowman 23, MacKenna Kehoe 3, LaRae Kram 8, Kylie Swanson 7, Malory Anderson 14, Kendra Wevley 11 … 3-point shots: Bowman 3, Carrington 1, Kehoe 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
BOLD - Scoring: Mari Ryberg 6, Lanie Mages 4, Ashley Trongard 10, Makayla Snow 23, Brenna Weis 12, Leslie Snow 10, Abby Meyers 1 … 3-point shots: Trongard 1 … Rebound leader: M. Snow 9, Trongard 8 … Assist leader: Trongard 5, M. Snow 4 … Steal leader: Trongard 3, Ryberg 3 ... Block leader: M. Snow 2, Trongard 2

Central Lakes
Willmar 70,
Rocori 55

Seniors Amber Evink, Katelyn Murphy, Sadie Raitz and Ashley Prahl were honored in Willmar’s home victory over Rocori at the Big Red Gym.

“Senior night always brings some mixed emotions,” Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson said. “I thought the girls handled that really well.

“(In the) second half, we started clicking. (There) should be some good momentum going into Friday.”

Mackenzie Jones had 22 points, six rebounds and two steals to lead the Cardinals. Madi Linbo added 15 points and three steals for the Cards.

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Willmar closes the regular season at 7:15 p.m. Friday when it is host to Sauk Rapids.

Rocori (11-12) 22 33 — 55
Willmar (15-10) 34 36 — 70
ROCORI - Scoring: Jessa Okeson 6, Laney Griffin 16, Avery Berg 5, Jada Biersbach 10, Madison Goebel 1, Brooke Krebs 7, Maggie Linz 10 … 3-point shots: Griffin 3, Berg 1, Krebs 1, Linz 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
WILLMAR - Scoring: Sammy Christoffer 6, Katelyn Murphy 5, Mackenzie Jones 22, Sadie Raitz 4, Madi Linbo 15, Jaida Reiman 4, Ella Shinn 8, Ashley Prahl 6 … 3-point shots: Jones 5, Reiman 1 … Rebound leaders: Christoffer 7, Reiman 7, Jones 6 … Assist leaders: Christoffer 2, Prahl 2 … Steal leaders: Linbo 3, Jones 2, Raitz 2, Prahl 2 ... Block leader: Jones 1, Raitz 1

Wright County
NLS 67, Annandale 44

Junior Mackenzie Rich had 21 points, seven rounds and six assists as the Mike Dreier-led New London-Spicer Wildcats beat the Matt Dreier-led Annandale Cardinals in New London.

Mike Dreier is Matt Dreier’s father. Joey Dreier, Matt’s brother, is an assistant at NLS to Mike.

Annandale kept it close for a half, trailing 27-26.

NLS out-scored the Cardinals 40-18 in the second half.

The Wildcats begin Sub-Section 3AA play at 7 p.m. Saturday. Top-seeded New London-Spicer is host to No. 8 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Annandale (15-10) 26 18 — 44
NLS (24-1) 27 40 — 67
ANNANDALE - Scoring: Lauren Campbell 4, Kitri Reimer 13, Abby Lillehaug 12, Josey Marquette 2, Abby Neutz 2, Alison Helget 5, Lauren Meidinger 2, Josie Burd 4 … 3-point shots: Reimer 3, Lillehaug 4, Helget 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Jaden Coahran 2, Mackenzie Rich 21, Emma Hanson 18, Payton Mages 3, Grace DeSchepper 4, Ava Kraemer 9, Issa Ommodt 2, Erin Knisley 8 … 3-point shots: Rich 3, Hanson 4, Mages 1 … Rebound leaders: Kraemer 11, Knisley 9, Rich 7 … Assist leaders: Mages 7, Rich 6, Hanson 5 … Steal leaders: Coahran 5, Mages 4 ... Block leader: DeSchepper 1, Kraemer 1

Litchfield 56,
Watertown-Mayer 51

Junior guard Janessa Olson led Litchfield with 15 points, including an 8-for-8 free-throw effort down the stretch, to help the Dragons surprise visiting Watertown-Mayer.

Senior guard Neriah Lara added 10 points for Litchfield, which held Watertown-Mayer junior guard Maggi Czinano to 13 points.

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Litchfield plays host to Mound Westonka at 7 p.m. Thursday in its final regular-season game.

Watertown-Mayer (18-7) 18 33 — 51
Litchfield (11-14) 20 36 — 56
WATERTOWN-MAYER - Scoring: Megan Barnhart 2, Shelby Mueller 5, Maggie Czinano 13, Carly Killian 11, Libby Heilman 9, Ella Foley 2, Mercedes Burmeister 9 … 3-point shots: Czinano 1, Killian 2, Heilman 1, Burmeister 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 15, Sydney McCann 5, Greta Hansen 5, Morgan Kaping 6, Lily Osterberg 6, Neriah Lara 10, Katelyn Cruze 6, Izzy Pennertz 3 … 3-point shots: Olson 1, McCann 1, Osterberg 2 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Central Minnesota
Royalton 58,
BBE 42

Royalton improved to 20-4 with the Central Minnesota Conference win at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

Karissa Jones had 12 points and Abby Berge added 10 for the Jaguars.

BBE plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sauk Centre.

Royalton (20-4) 38 20 — 58
BBE (15-9) 24 18 — 42
ROYALTON - Stats not available.
BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Karsee Kampsen 4, Jackie Lindsay 2, Grace Illies 6, Liz French 2, Abby Berge 10, Josie Knutson 2, Alissa Knight 4, Karissa Jones 12 … 3-point shots: Berge 1 … Rebound leader: Knight 5 … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: Illies 4 ... Block leader: none.

Paynesville 39,
Maple Lake 38

Down by nine at halftime, Paynesville climbed back in the second half and came away with a one-point win in Tuesday’s Central Minnesota Conference game against Maple Lake.

Harley Kunstleben was the Bulldogs’ top scorer with 13 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the process.

With the regular season over, Paynesville opens the Section 3AA-North tournament as the No. 7 seed and will head to No. 2 Eden Valley-Watkins at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Maple Lake (9-16) 24 14 — 38
Paynesville (4-21) 15 24 — 39
MAPLE LAKE - Scoring: Ella Kiebel 3, Megan Lind 5, Augusta Demarais 3, Grace Heying 16, Kate Latour 11 … 3-point shots: Kiebel 1, Demarais 1, Latour 3 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Maddie Hentges 4, Kendra Schleper 2, Macy Carlson 6, Lindy Hennen 2, Kali Reiter 2, Harley Kunstleben 13, Grace Utsch 5, Katie Uhlenkamp 5 … 3-point shots: Carlson 2, Kunstleben 4, Utsch 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

Non-Conference
CCS 59, St. John’s Prep 45

With a 19-point, 12-rebound effort from Sophia Bollig, Community Christian School of Willmar picked up a home victory over St. John’s Prep.

“St. John’s Prep tried to shut down Bollig inside the paint,” said Eagles head coach Kaela Heer. “But the Eagles’ offense adjusted and utilized outside shooters to keep the ball moving.”

Behind Bollig’s big night, Grace Lindgren had 18 points. Sage Mulder chipped in 13 for CCS.

The Johnnies were led by Valeryia Woodard’s 12 points.

The Eagles hit the road to face Cambridge Christian at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Red Rock Central 46,
MACCRAY 45

Karli Arkell had 17 points and Nicole Schroepfer 10 as Red Rock Central earned the non-conference victory over MACCRAY at Clara City.

Red Rock Central trailed 30-20 at halftime.

Ella Bourne had 18 points and Gabby Randt 11 for MACCRAY.

Red Rock Central (13-11) 20 26 — 46
MACCRAY (7-19) 30 15 — 45
RED ROCK CENTRAL - Scoring: Karli Arkell 17, Bridget Bierl 6, Hannah Evans 6, Nicole Schroepfer 10, Lily Stavnes 7 … 3-point shots: Schroepfer 1, Stavnes 1 … Rebound leader: N/A… Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Bourne 18, Kate Hultgren 2, Kaisa Jaenisch 3, Kylee Kimpling 2, Alison Koenen 4, Gabby Randt 11, Elsie Sumner 3, Sydney Thein 2 … 3-point shots: Bourne 5 … Rebound leaders: Randt 16, Koenen 5 … Assist leaders: Randt 5, Koenen 4 … Steal leaders: Koenen 4, Hultgren 3 ... Block leader: Randt 2

KMS 55,
ACGC 43

Madison Rohner had 20 points and Morgan Lesteberg and Maret Gjerde had 12 points apiece to lead Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to the home victory over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Rachel Wilner had 21 points to lead ACGC.

KMS plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Osakis. ACGC now heads to the playoffs. The eighth-seeded Falcons play at 7 p.m. Saturday at top-seeded New London-Spicer.

ACGC (1-24) 20 23 — 43
KMS (13-12) 24 31 — 55
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - Scoring: Elli Roemeling 5, Brooke Schroeder 4, Rachel Wilner 21, Daniela Parker 4, Raeanna Kaddatz 4, Sahyna Hobson 5 … 3-point shots: Roemeling 1, Wilner 2, Hobson 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Morgan Lesteberg 12, Maret Gjerde 12, Haylee Johnson 5, Josie Gjerde 2, Madison Rohner 20, Lauren Krieger 2, Hayley Demuth 2 … 3-point shots: Lesteberg 1, Gjerde 1, Johnson 1 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A

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