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Prep Basketball: Card girls grind out a win

WILLMAR--Truly elite teams often prove their power with lopsided victories and wins against other strong opponents but sometimes they just have to grind out a win.

Willmar's Mackenzie Jones fires a 3-pointer in the second half of Saturday's game against Big Lake at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune
Willmar's Mackenzie Jones fires a 3-pointer in the second half of Saturday's game against Big Lake at Willmar High School. Jake Schultz / Tribune
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WILLMAR-Truly elite teams often prove their power with lopsided victories and wins against other strong opponents but sometimes they just have to grind out a win.

That's what the Willmar Cardinals did Saturday night.

Willmar struggled to separate itself from fellow Section 5AAA foe Big Lake but dominated the post to grab a 70-59 win.

"Big Lake played really well," said Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson. "But our girls cranked up the defense in the second which led to improved offense. It's nice to grind out wins when we don't have our best stuff."

The Cardinals were not firing on all cylinders but senior forward Carly Wedel sure was. The Hornets couldn't slow her down as she scored a game-high 23 points with 10 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the field. She also stepped back to hit a pair of 3-pointers.

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Wedel's dominance in the paint was a microcosm for the game at large. Willmar outrebounded Big Lake 37-20 and proved to be far more efficient while shooting, hitting at a clip of 49.1 percent, compared to Big Lake's 37.9 percent.

Madi Linbo also excelled, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Big Lake, however, kept pace with Willmar's fast-paced offense in the first half step-for-step. The visitors even posted an eight-point lead at one point but ultimately trailed 38-35 at halftime. The Cardinal defense proved to be too much, though, as Willmar held the Hornets to 24 points in the second half.

Willmar will need to have everything in working order when they hit the road Tuesday to take on Alexandria. Alexandria dropped to the No. 2 team in Class AAA after losing on the road to Willmar 45-44 last Tuesday and will look to avenge that loss. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Alexandria High School.

Willmar 70, Big Lake 59

Big Lake (8-7) 35 24 - 59

Willmar (12-2) 38 32 - 70

BIG LAKE - Scoring: Reagan Sternquist 4, Mia Huberty 18, Olivia Stockham 6, Roxanne Watkins 3, Kourtney Hintz 20, Caela Tighe 8 ... 3-point shots: NA ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

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WILLMAR - Scoring: Abby Berskow 2, Katelyn Murphy 7, Mackenzie Jones 9, Sadie Raitz 7, Madi Linbo 13, Carly Wedel 23, Ashley Prahl 5 ... 3-point shots: Murphy 1, Jones 1, Wedel 2 ... Rebound leader: Wedel 10, Jones 6, Linbo 6 ... Assist leader: Berskow 4, Linbo 4 ... Steal leader: Wedel 3, Linbo 3

LQPV 76, MCC 54

Lac qui Parle Valley shot the lights out Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, knocking down 10 3-pointers to defeat Murray County Central.

Haley Wollschlager hit four of those, scoring 20 points with seven assists and six rebounds. Her teammate, Lindsay Kranz, led the Eagles with 21 points.

It was a strong team effort with 28 total assists, including a team-high eight by Isabel Schirm. Schirm also pulled down seven rebounds.

LQPV (13-2) 42 34 - 76

MCC (8-6) 23 31 - 54

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Haley Wollschlager 20, Macie Lund 9, Isabel Schirm 3, Alex Stitt 8, Grace Hegland 10, Lindsay Kranz 21, Regan Johnson 2, Sidney Gerdes 3 ... 3-point shots: Wollschlager 4, Lund 2, Schirm 1, Stitt 2, Gerdes 1 ... Rebound leader: Schirm 7, Wollschlager 6, Gerdes 6 ... Assist leader: Schirm 8, Wollschlager 7 ... Steal leader: Lund 5, Schirm 4

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MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL - Stats not provided

Litchfield 57, Minnewaska 52

Litchfield's win total reached double digits Saturday with a five-point win against Minnewaska.

Sydney McCann paced the Dragons with 12 points but it proved to be an all-hands-on-deck affair with nine Dragons scoring.

Maddie Thorfinnson led the game with 18 points for the Lakers.

Litchfield (10-5) 31 26 - 57

Minnewaska (9-6) 26 26 - 52

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 2, Sydney McCann 12, Laney Huhner 9, Natalie Hansen 4, Maddy Shoultz 9, Morgan Kaping 4, Lily Osterberg 3, Neriah Lara 5, Katelyn Cruze 7 ... 3-point shots: McCann 1, Huhner 2, Shoultz 3, Kaping 2, Osterberg 1 ... Rebound leader: Cruze 8, Hansen 7 ... Assist leader: Huhner 4 ... Steal leader: Huhner 4

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Maddie Thorfinnson 18, Hannah Hoffmann 10, Alexis Piekarski 8, Emma Thorfinnson 7, Elizabeth Murken 4, Avery Hoeper 5 ... 3-point shots: Hoffmann 2, E Thorfinnson 1, Murken 1 ... Rebound leader: Piekarski 8, E Thorfinnson 7 ... Assist leader: Piekarski 1 ... Steal leader: Piekarski 4

CMCS 50, Hancock 44

Central Minnesota Christian led by one at halftime and didn't look back, going on to win by six against Hancock Saturday.

Coco Duininck led a trio of Bluejays who accumulated 44 points. DUininck finished with 19 points and tacked on three steals.

Katelyn Bulthuis was part of that trio with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Hancock's Alexis Staples scored 14 points to lead the Owls.

Hancock (5-7) 23 21 - 44

CMCS (8-9) 24 26 - 50

HANCOCK - Scoring: Alexis Staples 14, Rylee Hanson 10, Morgan Kisgen 7, Carlee Hanson 6, Lindsey Mattson 6, Jenna Kannegiesser 1 ... 3-point shots: Staples 2, Mattson 1, Kisgen 1 ... Rebound leader: R Hanson 8, C Hanson 6 ... Assist leader: Kannegiesser 3, C Hanson 3 ... Steal leader: Staples 4

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Elli Stoel 4, Reegan Duininck 2, Molly Mulder 10, Coco Duininck 19, Katelyn Bulthuis 15 ... 3-point shots: C Duininck 3, Bulthuis 2 ... Rebound leader: Stoel 7, Bulthuis 6 ... Assist leader: R Duininck 6 ... Steal leader: C Duininck 3, Bulthuis 3

Boys Basketball

CMCS 66, Hancock 55

Peter Martin scored 26 points and Case Mulder added 21 points to help Central Minnesota Christian to a win over Hancock.

Martin knocked down four triples and grabbed nine boards to lead the Bluejays.

Bennett Nienhaus scored 18 points for Hancock and snagged nine rebounds.

Hancock (10-3) 28 27 - 55

CMCS (5-8) 33 33 - 66

HANCOCK - Scoring: Bennett Nienhaus 18, Cole Reese 9, Daniel Milander 8, Connor Reese 7, Preston Rohloff 6, Peyton Rohloff 5, Brandon Kellenberger 2 ... 3-point shots: Nienhaus 3, Milander 2, Cole Reese 2, Preston Rohloff 1, Connor Reese 1 ... Rebound leader: Nienhaus 9, Peyton Rohloff 9 ... Assist leader: Cole Reese 4, Connor Reese 4 ... Steal leader: Nienhaus 3

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Case Mulder 21, Blake Greenwaldt 3, Austin TeBrake 2, Jay Marcus 8, Peter Martin 26, Caleb VanderBeek 6 ... 3-point shots: Mulder 2, Greenwaldt 1, Marcus 2, Martin 4 ... Rebound leader: Martin 9, TeBrake 8 ... Assist leader: TeBrake 4 ... Steal leader: Mulder 2, Marcus 2

RCW 82, Lakeview 55

Justin Schrupp dropped 35 points with 10 rebounds to lead his Renville County West Jaguars to a big Camden Conference win against Lakeview.

The Jaguars scored 82 points, led by Schrupp's 35 and Riley Ashburn's 16 points. Ashburn also contributed heavily on the boards, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds.

Lakeview (3-10) 22 33 - 55

RCW (9-5) 34 48 - 82

LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Tyler Imes 15, Aaron Loe 9, Connor Larsen 9, Carter Louwagie 7, Billy Errington 6, Parker Hoffman 4, William Grube 3, Reid Bot 2 ... 3-point shots: Imes 4, Loe 1, Larsen 3, Louwagie 1, Grube 1 ... Rebound leader: Imes 7, Hofman 7 ... Assist leader: Hoffman 5, Imes 5 ... Steal leader: Imes 1

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Justin Schrupp 35, Riley Ashburn 16, Jaden Kolker 8, Connor Aalderks 7, Jaime Castillo 6, Axel Zaragoza 5, Tyler Rice 4 ... 3-point shots: Schrupp 4, Aalderks 1, Zaragoza 1 ... Rebound leader: Ashburn 14, Schrupp 10 ... Assist leader: Ashburn 6 ... Steal leader: Ashburn 3, Zaragoza 3

MCA 71,

Hill-Murray 57

JMorris/Chokio-Alberta picked up the non-conference win over Hill-Murray behind 27 points from Jaret Johnson and 25 from Jackson Loge on Saturday.

Loge also had 16 rebounds and Zach Hughes added 13 points for the Tigers.

Morris/CA (7-7) 38 33 - 71

H-M (1-11) 25 32 - 57

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Joseph Kleinwolterink 3, Zach Hughes 13, Cade Fehr 1, Cam Arndt 2, Jackson Loge 25, Jaret Johnson 27 ... 3-point shots: Hughes 1, Johnson 3 ... Rebound leader: Loge 16, Johnson 5, Hughes 5 ... Assist leader: Johnson 4 ... Steal leader: Hughes 1, Loge 1

HILL-MURRAY - Stats not provided

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