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Prep Girls Basketball Roundup: YME uses size advantage to beat ACGC

Taller Sting hold off young Falcons for a 69-45 win

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YME senior Shelby Mortenson (44) puts up a hook shot over a pair of ACGC defenders during the first half of a non-conference game Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at Granite Falls. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine East’s size and experience helped push the Sting to their first girls basketball victory of the season.

Hosting Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Tuesday in a non-conference tilt, YME had a trio of players in double figures en route to a 69-45 victory.

Ruby Bones, a 6-foot junior, had a game-high 19 points for the Sting. She finished with a double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds along with a pair of blocks.

Shelby Mortenson, a 6-foot senior, added 17 points, eight boards and a pair of steals. Hannah Stark, a 5-9 junior, completed the effort with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

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YME eighth-grader Hope Stark (20) dives for a loose ball gathered up by ACGC freshman Brooke Tagtow during a non-conference game Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at Granite Falls. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

YME jumped out to an 11-4 lead as Mortenson accounted for six points in that stretch. The Falcons, sporting a varsity squad with three sophomores, five freshmen and three eighth-graders, were able to close the gap to 12-10 after a 3-pointer from Grace Kaehler with 7 minutes, 45 seconds left in the half. But the Sting put up the final five points of the half, with a post shot from Bones and a 3-pointer from Stark, to make it a 24-17 lead at the break.

In the second half, YME outscored ACGC 45-28.

Mikaili Johnson was the Falcons’ top scorer with 13 points, followed by 12 from Elli Roemeling. Ruby Klinger chipped in with nine points.

YME plays a Camden Conference South game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Lakeview in Cottonwood. ACGC plays a Central Minnesota Conference game at 7 p.m. Thursday against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade.

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YME junior Ruby Bones pokes the ball away from ACGC's Ruby Klinger during the first half of a non-conference game Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 at Granite Falls. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Non-Conference
YME 69,
ACGC 45

ACGC (1-4) 17 28 — 45
YME (1-3) 24 45 — 69
ACGC - Scoring: Mikaili Johnson 13, Elli Roemeling 12, Ruby Klinger 9, Brooke Schultz 7, Mackenzie Powers 2, Grace Kaehler 2 … 3-point shots: Schultz 2 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
YME - Scoring: Ruby Bones 19, Hannah Stark 17, Shelby Mortenson 17, Stella Schuler 8, Aria Peters 6, Hope Stark 2 … 3-point shots: Stark 3, Peters 2, Schuler 1 … Rebound leader: Bones 12, Mortenson 8, Stark 6 … Assist leader: Stark 4 … Steal leader: Peters 2, Stark 2, Mortenson 2 ... Block leader: Bones 2

Ortonville 44, Benson 41

The Ortonville Trojans used a strong second half to rally for the victory at Benson .

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Ortonville trailed 24-13 at halftime, but out-scored the Braves 31-17 in the final 18 minutes.

Kendall Gronholz and Kadyn Gronholz led the Trojans. Kendall, a junior, had 13 points. Kadyn, a sophomore, added 10.

Madi Wrobleski had 11 points to lead the Braves.

Benson plays a West Central Conference game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sauk Centre.

Ortonville (1-4) 13 31 — 44
Benson (1-5) 24 17 — 41
ORTONVILLE - Scoring: McKenzie Huebner 1, Taylor Ross 9, Kendall Gronholz 13, Kadyn Gronholz 10, Emma Anderson 3, Kelly Erickson 6, Callie Barnick 2 … 3-point shots: Ke. Gronholz 2 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a\u0009
BENSON - Scoring: Presley Nygaard 5, Mya Kurkosky 6, Adysen Himley 6, Madi Wrobleski 11, Kaylin Grube 6, Marley Rush 7 … 3-point shots: Wrobleski 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

NLS 54,
EVW 42

New London-Spicer earned a 35-21 halftime lead to beat Eden Valley-Watkins at New London.

Avery Rich had 18 points and Jaden Coahran had 11 points, five steals and four assists. Izzy Schmiesing had 11 rebounds and Delaney Hanson had 10 for the Wildcats.

Katrina Schutz had 21 points and Whitney Jansen 12 for the Eagles.

NLS’ next game is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Montevideo.

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“They’re good, very good,” Wildcats head coach Mike Dreier said about the Thunder Hawks, who are led by 6-foot-2 forward Avery Koenen, a North Dakota State recruit.

EVW (2-3) 21 21 — 42
NLS (5-0) 35 19 — 54
EVW - Scoring: Brooklyn Glenz 2, Whitney Jansen 12, Katrina Schutz 21, Jenna Andersen 2, Ellaree Anderson 2, Ayla Unterberger 3 … 3-point shots: Schutz 1, Unterberger 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
NLS - Scoring: Nyla Johnson 9, Jaden Coahran 11, Avery Rich 18, Izzy Schmiesing 2, Ellary Peterson 4, Dakota Rich 7, Delaney Hanson 3 … 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Coahran 1, A. Rich 4, Hanson 1 … Rebound leaders: Schmiesing 11, Hanson 10, Audrey Schneider 6, Peterson 6, Coahran 4 … Assist leaders: A. Rich 5, Schmiesing 2, Coahran 2 … Steal leaders: A. Rich 6, Coahran 5, D. Rich 3 ... Block leader: Hanson 1

BOLD 70,
Springfield 33

BOLD built a 36-15 halftime lead to earn the victory at Springfield.

“We finished strong (in the first half),” BOLD head coach Brian Kingery said. “They (the Tigers) have had a nice program the last two decades.”

Mari Ryberg had 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals to lead the Warriors. Lainey Braulick and Lydia Ryberg each had 11 points.

Brooklyn Strum’s nine points led Springfield.

BOLD plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at Hector.

BOLD (3-2) 36 34 — 70
Springfield (0-5) 15 18 — 33
BOLD - Scoring: Lainey Braulick 11, Anna Gardeen 3, Caylee Weber 7, Mari Ryberg 16, Lydia Plass 11, Kenzie Visser 4, Lily Dean 6, Leslie Snow 4, Abby Meyers 8 … 3-point shots: Plass 3, Ryberg 2, Dean 2, Braulick 1, Gardeen 1, Weber 1 … Rebound leaders: Meyers 7, Ryberg 6, Braulick 5 … Assist leaders: Ryberg 6, Dean 5 … Steal leader: Ryberg 5, Braulick 3 ... Block leader: Visser 1, Meyers 1, Snow 1
SPRINGFIELD - Scoring: Jasmine Novotny 3, Maddy Digmann 7, Emma Hauger 4, Tori Roiger 3, Brooklyn Strum 9, Megan Ploeger 7 … 3-point shots: Strum 1, Roiger 1, Digmann 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

West Central
Sauk Centre 52,
Minnewaska 45

Down one at halftime, Sauk Centre was able to outscore Minnewaska 32-24 in the second half, cementing a West Central Conference win at Sauk Centre.

The Lakers’ loss came despite a strong night from Brooke Kolstoe, who had 12 points, six rebounds and five steals.

Sauk Centre is now 2-0 in the conference. Minnewaska is 1-2.

The Lakers play Montevideo at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Glenwood.

Minnewaska (3-2) 21 24 — 45
Sauk Centre (3-3) 20 32 — 52
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Addy Kath 6, Maddie Thorfinnson 6, Olivia Richards 3, Brooke Kolstoe 12, Sydney Dahl 8, Megan Thorfinnson 6, Olivia Danielson 4 … 3-point shots: Kath 2, Richards 1, Kolstoe 1, Dahl 2, Me. Thorfinnson 1 … Rebound leader: Kolstoe 6 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: Kolstoe 5 ... Block leader: Three with 1
SAUK CENTRE - No stats available

Camden
CMCS 87,
Dawson-Boyd 23

Central Minnesota Christian rolled to a 53-11 halftime lead in the victory at Dawson-Boyd .

Molly Mulder and Coco Duininck each had 22 points to lead the Bluejays. Duininck also had 12 assists in the victory.

For the Blackjacks, Chelsie Husby had seven points and four rebounds.

Dawson-Boyd plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday against MACCRAY in Clara City.

CMCS (2-3) 53 34 — 87
Dawson-Boyd (0-2) 11 12 — 23
CMCS - Scoring: Sienna Duininck 9, Maaike Duininck 3, Emma Roiseland 10, Natasha Erickson 13, Molly Mulder 22, Lauren Taatjes 6, Coco Duininck 22, Carrie Mulder 2 … 3-point shots: S. Duininck 1, M. Duininck 1, C. Duininck 2 … Rebound leader: M. Mulder 6 … Assist leader: C. Duininck 12 … Steal leader: S. Duininck 4, M. Duininck 4 ... Block leader: Erickson 1
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Chelsie Husby 7, Katherine Dahl 4, Ella Wolner 2, Taylen Jorgenson 2, Allison Estling 2, Laney Bartunek 6 … 3-point shots: Husby 1 … Rebound leader: Husby 4 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

KMS 52,
RCW 51

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg went on the road and got its first win of the season, besting Renville County West in Renville.

Josie Gjerde finished with 12 points to lead the Fighting Saints. Hayley Demuth tallied eight points and six rebounds.

Addyson Tanner and Emily Lippert both finished with 11 points for the Jaguars. Hannah Pharr followed up with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

KMS plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kerkhoven. RCW plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Central Minnesota Christian.

KMS (1-2) 30 22 — 52
RCW (1-2) 28 23 — 51
KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-MURDOCK - Scoring: Grace Collins 4, Acelynn Hacker 5, Anissa Demuth 1, Elsa Gjerde 2, Emily Wagner 8, Julia Carlson 2, Josie Gjerde 12, Shakira Olson 4, Madelynn Luft 6, Hayley Demuth 8 … 3-point shots: None … Rebound leader: Luft 6, H. Demuth 6 … Assist leader: Two with 1 … Steal leader: Hacker 2, Wagner 2, Olson 2 ... Block leader: Luft 1
RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Addyson Tanner 11, Holly Bratsch 9, Jennifer Bratsch 6, Laila Ridler 1, Emily Lippert 11, Rachel Jakel 3, Hannah Pharr 10 … 3-point shots: Tanner 3, H. Bratsch 2, Lippert 1 … Rebound leader: Pharr 11 … Assist leader: J. Bratsch 4 … Steal leader: Jakel 2 ... Block leader: None

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