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Prep Basketball: Roelofs, Cards earn last-second victory

SARTELL -- Ty Roelofs scored the game-winning points from eight feet away with a slick post move to push his Willmar Cardinals past previously undefeated Sartell 62-60.

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SARTELL - Ty Roelofs scored the game-winning points from eight feet away with a slick post move to push his Willmar Cardinals past previously undefeated Sartell 62-60.

The Cardinals move their record above .500 for the first time this season, earning their third win in a row and the Sabres drop to 4-1 on the season.

Roelofs' highlight came in the game's final seconds but he played a strong all-around game, scoring a team-high 18 points with seven rebounds. Fellow senior Drey Dirksen added 16 points with seven rebounds and three steals in a big game against a tough Central Lakes Conference opponent.

"It was a great effort tonight in a tough environment," said Willmar head coach Matt Williams.

Ryan Slette also finished with 16 points to join Dirksen but Sartell's Thomas Gieske led the game with 19 points, hitting nine of his 12 shots. Sartell shot a combined 53.3 percent from the field, just ahead of Willmar's 52 percent clip.

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Sartell shot well from the field but didn't display much range, hitting just three of their 14 3-point attempts.

Willmar excelled on the glass, pulling in 29 rebounds to Sartell's 21. Roelofs dominated the offensive boards, pulling in four of Willmar's 10 offensive rebounds.

Willmar will now look to the Bremer Bank Holiday Classic, where they'll kick off with a game against Southwest Christian at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 28.

Willmar 62,

Sartell 60

Willmar (3-2) 30 32 - 62

Sartell (4-1) 30 30 - 60

WILLMAR - Scoring: Adnan Muhumed 2, Ty Roelofs 18, Jake Evans 4, Drey Dirksen 16, Ryan Slette 16, Hamza Mohamed 4, Connor Stevens 2 ... 3-point shots: Evans 1, Dirksen 2, Slette 2 ... Rebound leader: Dirksen 7, Roelofs 7 ... Assist leader: Evans 2, Dirksen 2 ... Steal leader: Dirksen 3

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SARTELL - Scoring: Matt Sieben 11, Alex Virnig 9, Luke Tillotson 8, Jacob Bjelland 3, Thomas Gieske 19, Dominic Hagy 4, Matthew Weno 2, Dylan Notsch 4 ... 3-point shots: Sieben 2, Gieske 1 ... Rebound leader: Tillotson 4, Hagy 4 ... Assist leader: Hagy 2 ... Steal leader: Sieben 2

NLS 58,

W-M 49

New London-Spicer stormed back for a second-half comeback and victory against Watertown-Mayer Friday night.

Jake Poole led the charge with a game-high 21 points. The Wildcats overcame a streaky shooting night with good defense down the stretch and Poole's strong play. Brandon Adelman scored 14 points and made an impact with seven assists.

NLS (5-2) 23 35 - 58

W-M (2-5) 27 22 - 49

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Brandon Adelman 14, Ander Arnold 2, Brandyn Harlow 6, Jon Kaelke 8, Brenden Mayhew 3, Jake Poole 21, Jake Schmidt 2, Ryan Wyganowski 2 ... 3-point shots: Mayhew 1 ... Rebound leader: Arnold 6, Poole 6 ... Assist leader: Adelman 7 ... Steal leader: Adelman 4, Arnold 4

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WATERTOWN-MAYER - Scoring: Patrick Andreson 7, Ansen Dulas 10, Jayden Heimerman 12, Will McBee 10, Sam Ragner 10 ... 3-point shots: Heimerman 2, Ragner 1 ... Rebound leader: McBee 9 ... Assist leader: Anderson 3 ... Steal leader: McBee 1

Litchfield 60,

Rocori 38

Litchfield scored 42 first-half points and cruised to a win over Rocori in a non-conference game in Cold Spring on Friday.

The Dragons' Alex Gruenke scored 17 points, Owen Boerema had 12 points and Tyson Michels had 11. Boerema had six assists and Michels had four assists and five steals.

Litchfield (5-0) 42 18 - 60

Rocori (1-7) 20 18 - 38

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Alex Gruenke 17, Tyson Michels 11, Tanner Ziegenhagen 2, Owen Boerema 12, Joe Pennertz 6, Ben Nelson 2, Jake Schneider 3, Tyler Peterson 2, Avery Liestman 2, Drew Kotzer 3 ... 3-point shots: Gruenke 3, Michels 3, Boerema 1, Kotzer 1 ... Rebound leader: Schneider 7, Pennertz 4 ... Assist leader: Boerema 6, Schneider 4, Michels 4 ... Steal leader: Michels 5

ROCORI - Scoring: Blake Miller 6, Corbyn Alexander 10, Kenny Davis 2, Mason Roos 2, Tucker Haakonson 4, Luke Humbert 4, Jayden Phillipi 10 ... 3-point shots: Philippi 1 ... Rebound leader: Alexander 6 ... Assist leader: Brett Sowada 2, Humbert 2 ... Steal leader: Andrew Anderson 2, Humbert 3

CMCS 73,

RCW 69

Case Mulder and Austin TeBrake combined for 41 points to top Renville County West in a narrow Camden Conference battle that spoiled a strong night by the Jaguar duo of Justin Schrupp and Riley Ashburn.

Schrupp and Ashburn scored 30 and 27 points, respectively, and Ashburn grabbed 10 rebounds with five steals.

TeBrake hauled in 12 rebounds to lead the Bluejays.

CMCS (3-4) 35 38- 73

RCW (3-3) 30 39 - 69

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - Scoring: Case Mulder 20, Austin TeBrake 21, Jay Marcus 1, Peter Martin 13, Ben Van Eps 5, Caleb Vander Beek 13 ... 3-point shots: Mulder 2, Martin 2, Van Eps 1 ... Rebound leader: TeBrake 12 ... Assist leader: Martin 2 ... Steal leader: Three players with one

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Justin Schrupp 30, Riley Ashburn 27, Tyler Rice 6, Jaime Castillo 6 ... 3-point shots: Schrupp 7 ... Rebound leader: Schrupp 6, Ashburn 10, Rice 6 ... Assist leader: Schrupp 4, Ashburn 4 ... Steal leader: Ashburn 5

LQPV 72,

KMS 66

Lac qui Parle Valley excelled from deep to edge KMS Friday night in a Camden Conference battle.

Caden Bjornjeld scored a team-best 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and added eight rebounds to the cause for the Eagles.

Bjornjeld's success spoiled a strong night from KMS guard Weston Gjerde, who scored a game-high 25 points. Teammate Regan Carlson finished the night with a double-double, scoring 11 points with a game-high 10 rebounds.

KMS (3-3) 33 33 - 66

LQPV (6-2) 33 39 - 72

KMS - Scoring: Alex Call 11, Isaac Call 7, Weston Gjerde 25, Regan Carlson 11, Ethan Hauge 12 ... 3-point shots: A Call 1, I Call 1, Gjerde 4, Carlson 3 ... Rebound leader: Carlson 10, Hauge 8 ... Assist leader: A Call 6 ... Steal leader: Four players with one

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Austin Bonn 16, Caden Bjornjeld 19, Tucker Droogsma 6, Thomas Daniels 17, Maverick Conn 14 ... 3-point shots: Bonn 3, Bjornjeld 5 ... Rebound leader: Bjornjeld 8, Conn 6 ... Assist leader: Bonn 7, Eean Allpress 5 ... Steal leader: Bonn 3

Girls Basketball

Litchfield 59,

Kimball 52

Maddy Shoultz knocked down six triples on her way to a 20-point night and Litchfield victory against Kimball.

The Dragons trailed by two points at halftime but bounced back for a solid second half to take the win. Janessa Olson and Laney Huhner each added 10 points while Shoultz finished with five steals.

Litchfield will head to the Crusader Classic Dec. 28 in St. Cloud.

Litchfield (6-2) 26 33 - 59

Kimball (4-5) 28 24 - 52

LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Janessa Olson 10, Sydney McCann 7, Laney Huhner 10, Kamri Driver 2, Natalie Hansen 4, Maddy Shoultz 20, Katelyn Cruze 6 ... 3-point shots: Olson 2, McCann 1, Huhner 1, Shoultz 6 ... Rebound leader: Driver 6, Cruze 6 ... Assist leader: McCann 6 ... Steal leader: Shoultz 5

KIMBALL - Scoring: Rachel Utecht 9, Ashley Schindele 17, Bailee Schiefelbein 2, Erin O'Brien 24 ... 3-point shots: Utech 2, Schindele 3 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Benson 54,

ACGC 43

Benson utilized a strong start and held on for a close win against ACGC.

Claire Ricard scored a game-high 15 points and hauled in eight rebounds to help the cause while teammate Abbie Mitteness used quick hands to swipe five steals.

ACGC (2-7) 18 25 - 43

Benson (2-6) 30 24 - 54

ACGC - Scoring: Jeana Denton 12, Lindsey Minnick 9, Rachel Wilner 11, Pailey Wilner 7, Brittney Schultz 4 ... 3-point shots: Denton 1, P Wilner 1... Rebound leader: R Wilner 7, Erin Roemeling 7, Minnick 6 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: R Wilner 4

BENSON - Scoring: Kaitlyn Berreau 13, Abbie Mitteness 5, Claire Ricard 15, Hannah Andrews 2, Abby Lundebrek 10, Olivia Hoffman 1, Marissa Connelly 6, Beth Cain 2 ... 3-point shots: Berreau 2, Mitteness 1, Connelly 2 ... Rebound leader: Ricard 8, Lundebrek 6 ... Assist leader: Berreau 2, Mitteness 2, Andrews 2, Lundebrek 2 ... Steal leader: Mitteness 5

BOLD 71,

Morris/CA 62

Makenna Steffel and Brenna Weis both scored 20 points as BOLD defeated Morris/Chokio-Alberta in a West Central Conference game on Friday in Olivia.

Steffel also had 10 rebounds and six steals, and Weis had three assists and three steals. Ashley Trongard had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Steffel now has 1,987 career points and will attempt to crack the 2,000-point mark in the Warriors' game against Prior Lake at the St. Olaf Christmas Tournament on Dec. 27.

MCA's Maddie Carrington hit four 3-point shots and finished with 21 points.

Morris/CA (4-4) 23 39 - 62

BOLD (7-2) 38 33 - 71

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - Scoring: Jordann Baier 2, Maddie Carrington 21, Emma Bowman 6, Riley Decker 8, Makenna Kehoe 3, Liz Dietz 5, Kylie Swanson 3, Malory Anderson 4, Sophia Carlson 4, Kendra Wevley 6 ... 3-point shots: Carrington 4, Decker 2, Kehoe 1, Dietz 1 ... Rebound leader: Anderson 14 ... Assist leader: Decker 4, Bowman 3 ... Steal leader: Anderson 6, Carrington 3

BOLD - Scoring: Alex Revier 2, Morgan Schmitz 5, Lanie Mages 2, Makenna Steffel 20, Ashley Trongard 14, Makayla Snow 8, Brenna Weis 20 ... 3-point shots: Weis 2, Trongard 1 ... Rebound leader: Steffel 10, Trongard 9, Snow 5 ... Assist leader: Snow 4, Trongard 3, Weis 3 ... Steal leader: Steffel 6, Snow 3, Weis 3

Montevideo 39,

Minnewaska 38

Avery Koenen made two free throws with 0.8 seconds left to lift Montevideo to a West Central Conference game on Friday in Montevideo.

Minnewaska was pressing at the final seconds ticked down and Koenen drew a foul.

Montevideo's Jasmyn Kronback finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds and Koenen had eight points.

Minnewaska's Emma Thorfinnson scored a game-high 16 points and Hannah Hoffmann had eight points.

Ortonville, Central Minnesota Christian School and Renville County West will be in Montevideo to play a round-robin set of games on Dec. 27-28.

Minnewaska (5-3) 16 22 - 38

Montevideo (1-6) 17 22 - 39

MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Emma Thorfinnson 16, Hannah Hoffmann 8, Maddie Thorfinnson 4, Annika Randt 4, Elizabeth Murken 4, Isabella Ortendahl 2 ... 3-point shots: E. Thorfinnson 4, Hoffmann 2, Randt 1 ... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Jasmyn Kronback 10, Avery Koenen 8, Tenley Epema 7, Maddie Kilibarda 6, Sydney Zindel 4, Livia Gades 2, Kori Douglas 2 ... 3-point shots: Kilibarda 1, Epema 1, Koenen 1 ... Rebound leader: Kronback 14, Zindel 7 ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

Wheaton 67,

KMS 62

Wheaton spoiled a strong night by KMS guard Maret Gjerde, who scored 22 points with six made 3-pointers, and added five assists.

Maycee Tollifson led the charge for Wheaton, scoring 17 points to overcome a first half deficit for the win.

Wheaton (3-6) 31 36 - 67

KMS (5-2) 34 28 - 62

WHEATON - Scoring: Maycee Tollifson 17, Ellissa Rinke 9, Haley Johnson 10, Isabelle Schmidt 15, Mackenzi Stafford 2, Brylie Schultz 8, Gentrie Vatthauer 6... 3-point shots: Tollifson 2, Johnson 1, Schmidt 1, Schultz 1... Rebound leader: NA ... Assist leader: NA ... Steal leader: NA

KMS - Scoring: Katie Krieger 9, Mallory Rudningen 11, Morgan Lesteberg 7, Maret Gjerde 22, Haylee Johnson 2, Madison Rohner 11 ... 3-point shots: Lesteberg 1, Gjerde 6 ... Rebound leader: Rohner 8, Rudningen 6 ... Assist leader: Lesteberg 7, Gjerde 5 ... Steal leader: Gjerde 3

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