Prep Girls Basketball Roundup: NLS cruises to 68-33 win over Paynesville

Dakota and Avery Rich lead Wildcats to victory against Bulldogs
Girls Basketball

PAYNESVILLE — The New London-Spicer girls basketball team earned a victory over a Section 3AA opponent on Thursday night, beating the Paynesville Bulldogs 68-33.

Dakota Rich, a 5-foot-6 ninth-grader, had 15 points and Avery Rich, a 5-8 junior, added 13 points for NLS.

Ellary Peterson and Ava Carlson each had six rebounds and Izzy Schmiesing had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals.

It was the Wildcats’ fourth straight victory.

Junior Katie Uhlenkamp led the Bulldogs with 11 points.


NLS next plays Rockford at 7 p.m. Friday in New London in the Wright County Conference West Division opener. Paynesville next plays Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 7 p.m. Thursday in Paynesville.

NLS 68,
Paynesville 33

NLS (9-1) 35 33 — 68
Paynesville (2-7) 21 12 — 33
NEW LONDON-SPICER - Scoring: Nyla Johnson 6, Jaden Coahran 8, Avery Rich 13, Izzy Schmiesing 9, Kaylee Thorson 4, Ellary Peterson 7, Dakota Rich 15, Miller Holland 2, Delaney Hanson 2, Katelynn Tortorello 2 … 3-point shots: Johnson 2, Coahran 2, A. Rich 1, Schmiesing 1, D. Rich 2 … Rebound leaders: Peterson 6, Ava Carlson 6, Schmiesing 5 … Assist leader: A. Rich 4, Schmiesing 4, Coahran 3 … Steal leader: Schmiesing 6, A. Rich 4, D. Rich 3 ... Block leader: none.
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Emma Flanders 8, Maddie Hentges 5, Aubrie Spanier 2, Mikayla Roberg 3, Rayna Spanier 5, Katie Uhlenkamp 10 … 3-point shots: M. Roberg 1, R. Spanier 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Minneota 69,
Montevideo 44

Minneota handed Montevideo its first loss of the season in the non-conference victory at Minneota.

Minneota is the defending state Class A champion and ranked sixth in the state. Montevideo is ranked fourth in Class AA.

“I thought Minneota was the more confident team and the more aggressive team offensively and defensively,” Montevideo head coach Anthony Jackson said. “I thought they (the Vikings) played great on both ends of the court. It takes a great team to beat us, much less than by 25 points, but I thought their intensity level was better than ours, especially in the first half.”

McKenna Yost had 12 points and Natalie Robiecki 10 for the Vikings, who had nine players score.

Avery Koenen had 13 points and five rebounds, Hailey Dirksen added 12 points and four rebounds and Keely Foley added 10 points and two blocks to lead the Thunder Hawks.

Montevideo is host to Sauk Centre, ranked 10th in the state in AA, in a matchup of top West Central Conference teams Friday.

Montevideo (7-1) 16 28 — 44
Minneota (11-1) 43 26 — 69
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Teagan Epema 3, Taylor Viessman 2, Tenley Epema 1, Avery Koenen 13, Keely Foley 10, Hailey Dirksen 12, Tyra Sandven 1 … 3-point shots: Tea. Epema 1, Koenen 1, Foley 2, Dirksen 1 … Rebound leaders: Koenen 5, Dirksen 4 … Assist leader: Ten. Epema 5, Foley 4 … Steal leader: Foley 1, Dirksen 1, Tea. Epema 1 ... Block leaders: Foley 2, Koenen 1
MINNEOTA - Scoring: Grace Hennen 8, McKenzie Tolk 8, Kenadi Arendt 6, Natalie Rolbiecki 10, McKenna Yost 12, Kennedi Jurrens 4, Ireland Stassen 8, Jeren Rost 9, Morgan Moorse 4 … 3-point shots: Yost 1, Stassen 2, Rost 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

West Central
Morris/CA 51,
Benson 11

The Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers handled Benson in a West Central Conference game at Morris.


Benson falls to 1-8. Morris/CA is now 4-6.

Benson is host to Lakeview at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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