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Prep Basketball: Jaguar girls roar in Section 5A

BELGRADE -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa got the Section 5A tournament started on the right foot with a 55-26 win over Ogilvie Thursday night. The Jaguars jumped out to a strong 33-11 first half lead and continued to roll in the second half, outscorin...

BELGRADE - Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa got the Section 5A tournament started on the right foot with a 55-26 win over Ogilvie Thursday night.

The Jaguars jumped out to a strong 33-11 first half lead and continued to roll in the second half, outscoring the Lions 22-15.

Hailey Braegelman had a strong night, leading the game with 16 points. Nicole Wesbur also added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

BBE will take on Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Saturday. At Sauk Rapids Rice

BBE 55, Ogilvie 26

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Ogilvie (6-20) 11 15 - 26

BBE (19-8) 33 22 - 55

OGILVIE - Stats not provided

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - Scoring: Grace Illies 1, Cassandra Tensen 3, Morgan Gronli 9, Macie Kirckof 5, Nicole Wesbur 13, Jenna Fischer 6, Hailey Braegelman 16, Ally gruber 2 ... 3-point shots: Gronli 2, Fischer 2 ... Rebound leader: Wesbur 11, Kirckof 8 ... Assist leader: Illies 3 ... Steal leader: Illies 5

Litchfield 74, PACT 10

Litchfield had no problem in its opening Section 5AA playoff game. Three Dragons-Kyndra Beavers, Laney Huhner and Sydney McCann scored 11 points each as Litchfield held PACT to just three second-half points.

Huhner filled out the stat sheet, scoring her 11 points and adding eight steals, five assists and six rebounds.

PACT (7-14) 7 3 - 10

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Litchfield (17-9) 43 31 - 74

PACT CHARTER - Scoring: Kira Hamman 2, Lauren Erickson 3, Sara Nelson 3, Sophie Willems 2 ... 3-point shots: Erickson 1

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Kyndra Beavers 11, Khilah Miller 2, Laney Huhner 11, Kamri Driver 2, Natalie Hansen 3, Shanna Kinny 3, Macy Huhner 9, Sydney McCann 11, Brynne Wahl 7, Neriah Lara 3, Lily Osterberg 3, Janessa Olson 6, Savanna Pater 4 ... 3-point shots: Beavers 3, Kinny 1, M Huhner 3, McCann 1, Wahl 1, Lara 1, Osterberg 1 ... Rebound leader: L Huhner 6 ... Assist leader: L Huhner 5 ... Steal leader: L Huhner 8

Sauk Centre 82, Paynesville 43

Paynesville hung with the top-seed Mainstreeters in the first half but Sauk Centre eventually cruised to victory in a Section 6AA West Sub-Section matchup on Thursday.

Paynesville's Abbie Wuertz scored 17 points and Katelyn Spanier and Cora Hentges both scored eight.

Sauk Centre improved to 26-1 and plays Melrose in the sub-section final at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John's University. Paynesville finished 4-22.

Paynesville (4-22) 27 16 - 43

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Sauk Centre (26-1) 38 44 - 82

PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Abbie Wuertz 17, Katelyn Spanier 8, Taylor Reiter 8, Cora Hentges 8, Molly Stang 2 ... 3-point shots: Wuertz 3, Reiter 2

SAUK CENTRE - Scoring: Kelsey Peschel 17, Kenzie Schmiesing 6, Jill Klaphake 13, Tori Peschel 3, Maesyn Thiesen 22, Emily Gapinski 2, Morgan Kranz 3, Alyssa Kohorst 4, Julia Dammann 6, Alyssa Ziemer 2, Beth Middendorf 4 ... 3-point shots: K. Peschel 5, Schmiesing 1, Klaphake 3, Thiesen 6, Kranz 1 ... Rebound leader: Peschel 7. Dammann 12 ... Assist leader: Peschel 7 ... Steal leader: Thiesen 4

KMS 46, East Central 31

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg used a dominant defensive effort in the second half to come back and complete an upset of East Central, the three seed in the Section 5A tournament.

The Saints trailed 27-24 at halftime but made a change to a 3-2 zone right before the half which proved to be inpenetrable. KMS went on to outscore their opponents 22-4 in the second half for a comfortable victory in Finlayson.

"That zone just shut down any guard play they had," said KMS head coach Brady DeBaere. "We didn't leave them open and we took care of the ball in the middle so I'm really happy with the way our defense played."

Sam Gjerde led the game with 16 points for the Saints.

KMS (11-16) 24 22 - 46

East Central (13-14) 27 4 - 31

KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Katie Krieger 4, Alexis Lamecker 4, Mallory Rudningen 4, Morgan Lesteberg 5, Samantha Gjerde 16, Madison Rohner 6, Molly Jeppesen 7 ... 3-point shots: Gjerde 2, Lesteberg 1, Jeppesen 1 ... Rebound leader: Krieger 7, Rohner 7 ... Assist leader: Gjerde 3 ... Steal leader: Lamecker 5, Krieger 4, Rohner 4

EAST CENTRAL - Scoring: Holly Grundmeier 4, Kiana Shank 3, Allison Lourey-Bowen 9, Isabella Lourey-Bowen 7, Sofia Seibert 2, Delaney Beckman 2, Gillian Fogt 4 ... 3-point shots: Shank 1, A Lourey-Bowen 3, I Lourey-Bowen 1

Boys Basketball

KMS 57, Wabasso 47

The Fighting Saints advanced in the Class A Section 3 tournament by taking down Wabasso on the road on Thursday night. Three KMS players scored in double figures, led by Regan Carlson's 14 points.

Josh Peterson and Tanner Rohner each chipped in 10 points in a winning effort

KMS (5-21) 25 32 - 57

Wabasso (5-21) 19 28 - 47

KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Josh Peterson 10, Brandon Rassmusson 6, Tanner Rohner 10, Regan Carlson 14, Weston Gjerde 8, Ethan Hauge 9... 3-point shots: Rohner 1, Carlson 2 ... Rebound leader: Gjerde 9 ... Assist leader: Peterson 5 ... Steal leader: Gjerde 4

WABASSO - Scoring: Myles Zeug 2, Tony Franta 11, Jacob Plaetz 6, Caleb Frericks 7, Colton Taylor 11, Cooper Taylor 10 ... 3-point shots: Franta 1, Plaetz 2, Taylor 1, Taylor 2

New Ulm Cathedral 77, BLHS 67

New Ulm Cathedral used four double-digit scorers to win the Section 2A opener over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.

Alex Hillesheim led all scorers with 25 points for the Greyhounds while Trent Weispfennig added 20 points for the Mustangs.

Elijah Stifter added 18 points for BLHS as well.

BLHS (1-25) 22 45 - 67

NUC (11-16) 37 40 - 77

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Elijah Stifter 18, Jayson Swanson 3, Jake Watkins 9, Trent Weispfennig 20, Stefan Johnson 12, Payton Diepold 4 ... 3-point shots: Stifter 3, Weispfennig 2 ... Rebound leader: Johnson 8

NEW ULM CATHEDRAL - Scoring: James Giles 5, Chris Knowles 2, David Berg 8, Alex Hillesheim 25, Nate Hauser 11, Jon Zinniel 11, John Gillies 13 ... 3-point shots: Gilles 1, Berg 1, Hillesheim 1, Hauser 1, Zinniel 2, Gillis 1

Willmar CCS 74, Faith 48

Willmar Community Christian School's Zion Alston scored 41 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had six steals in the Eagles' win over Faith Foreston in the Christian Athletic League tournament on Thursday in Mankato.

CCS' Juven VenOsdel scored 11 points, Greg Reid hit two 3-point shots and finished with eight points and Nate Tornquist also scored eight points and led the team with four assists.

The Eagles play St. Cloud Christian at 3:30 p.m. Friday for a spot in the league championship game on Saturday.

Faith (8-16) 48

Willmar CCS (18-5) 74

FAITH FORESTON - Scoring: Chris Johnson 35

WILLMAR COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Zion Alston 41, Juven VenOsdel 11, Nate Tornquist 8, Greg Reid 8, Karl Chapin 5, Isaiah Jergenson 1 ... 3-point shots: Reid 2, VenOsdel 1, Alson 1 ... Rebound leader: Alson 14, Chapin 5 ... Assist leader: Tornquist 4, Nate Molitor 2, Reid 2 ... Steal leader: Alston 6, Tornquist 5, Reid 5

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