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Girls basketball roundup: A good win for MACCRAY

Girls basketball report for Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in west central Minnesota. Young Wolverines continue their ascent with a 45-39 win over Lakeview

MACCRAY freshman Brielle Janssen puts up a layup in the first half of a Camden Conference game against Lakeview on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at Clara City.
MACCRAY freshman Brielle Janssen puts up a layup in the first half of a Camden Conference game against Lakeview on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at Clara City.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
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CLARA CITY — Even after losing more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds to graduation, the MACCRAY girls basketball team is cruising.

Facing off with a scrappy Lakeview squad Monday, the Wolverines won the second half and secured the 45-39 Camden Conference victory.

“We kind of came out slow and Lakeview is better than their (3-8) record says,” said MACCRAY head coach Shaun Condon. “They’re a good team and they gave us a lot to handle. We made some changes in the second half and we were able to come away with it.”

The Wolverines are now 8-3 overall and third in the Camden North at 6-2 behind 6-0 Lac qui Parle Valley and 7-1 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

MACCRAY senior Sydney Thein, 3, guards a Lakeview player during a Camden Conference game on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at Clara City.
MACCRAY senior Sydney Thein, 3, guards a Lakeview player during a Camden Conference game on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at Clara City.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

“If you would have told me we’d be 8-3 at the start of the year, I’d say you’re crazy,” Condon said. “I’ll take it.

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“All five of (our starters) got playing time last year. Now, they’re stepping into bigger roles and doing better now. We’ve won seven of our last eight.”

Holding onto a one-point lead at halftime, Condon emphasized play in the paint if the Wolverines wanted to hang onto the victory.

“One, we had to actually rebound; we didn’t rebound at all in the first half,” Condon said. “Personnel wise, we changed up how we guarded and made certain girls go left. Offensively, we took too many threes, so we had to start getting into the paint.”

Helping that inside charge was 6-foot freshman forward Brielle Janssen. She finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, three assists and a pair of blocks.

“She’s averaging 17-to-18 points a game,” Condon said of Janssen. “She’s not playing like a freshman.”

Junior Ella Kienitz added 10 points for the Wolverines. Emma Thein helped on the glass with nine boards.

“Every night, different people are stepping up,” Condon said.

MACCRAY is on the road Thursday for another conference tilt against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at Tracy.

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MACCRAY head girls basketball coach Shaun Condon, left, talks with junior Annie Bourne along the sidelines during a Camden Conference game against Lakeview on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at Clara City.
MACCRAY head girls basketball coach Shaun Condon, left, talks with junior Annie Bourne along the sidelines during a Camden Conference game against Lakeview on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 at Clara City.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Camden

MACCRAY 45, Lakeview 39

Lakeview (3-8)         23   16 — 39
MACCRAY (8-3)       24   21 — 45
LAKEVIEW - Stats not available
MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Kienitz 10, Annie Bourne 4, Sydney Thein 6, Emma Thein 5, Brielle Janssen 20 … 3-point shots: Kienitz 3, Bourne 1, S. Thein 1, Janssen 1 … Rebound leader: Janssen 12, E. Thein 9 … Assist leader: Janssen 3 … Steal leader: Janssen 4 ... Block leader: Janssen 2 

Canby 50, RCW 38

Canby rallied from a 19-14 halftime deficit by scoring 36 second-half points in its victory over Renville County West at Renville.

Emily Lippert had 19 points and Holly Hinderks contributed seven steals for RCW. The jaguars play host to Yellow Medicine East at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Renville.

Canby (4-5)      14   36 — 50
RCW (5-6)        19   19 — 38
CANBY - Stats not available 
RCW - Scoring: Johanna Braun 6, Rachel Jakel 7, Laila Ridler 2, Emily Lippert 19, Avery Roxberg 4 … 3-point shots: Lippert 1 … Rebound leaders: Jakel 3, Lippert 3 … Assist leader: Lippert 2 … Steal leaders: Holly Hinderks 7, Braun 4 ... Block leader: Roxberg 2

KMS 56, RTR 50

Madelynn Luft had 23 points, 11 blocked shots and eight rebounds in Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's victory over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at Kerkhoven.

Acelynn Hacker added 14 points and Josie Gjerde contributed 11 for the Fighting Saints.

Alexis Schruers led RTR with 18 points.

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RTR (6-3)       24   26 — 50
KMS (10-2)     37   19 — 56
RTR - Scoring: Tatum Hess 6, Avery Schreurs 2, Alexis Schreurs 18, Shae O’Leary 6, Allyson Nelson 7, Gabrielle Borresen 7, Madison Lawrence 2, Camry Swanson 2 … 3-point shots: Al. Schreurs 1, O’Leary 1, Borresen 2 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
KMS - Scoring: Acelynn Hacker 14, Elsa Gjerde 3, Josie Gjerde 11, Mamie Luft 5, Madelynn Luft 23 … 3-point shots: J. Gjerde 1, Mam. Luft 1, Mad. Luft 2 … Rebound leader: Mad. Luft 8 … Assist leader: E. Gjerde 3 … Steal leader: Hacker 6 ... Block leader: Mad. Luft 11 

Minneota 50, Dawson-Boyd 24

Up by three at halftime, Minneota outscored Dawson-Boyd 32-9 in the second half en route to a Camden Conference win at Dawson.

Grace Hennen and Ireland Stassen had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Vikings.

Ayiana Hastad and Allison Estling both had six points to lead the Blackjacks.

D-B goes to Granite Falls on Thursday to play Yellow Medicine East.

Minneota (6-1)               18   32 — 50
Dawson-Boyd (2-7)       15     9 — 24
MINNEOTA - Scoring: Grace Hennen 12, Kenadi Arndt 8, Dakoda Hennen 5, Nevaeh Hennen 7, Kiersyn Hulzebos 5, Ella Johnson 3, Ireland Stassen 10 … 3-point shots: G. Hennen 1, Arndt 1, D. Hennen 1, N. Hennen 1, Hulzebos 1, Johnson 1 … Rebound leader: Stassen 10 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: G. Hennen 5, Stassen 5 ... Block leader: Arndt 2 
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Ayiana Hastad 6, Taylen Jorgenson 1, Kate Dahl 5, Hayley Anderson 4, Rachel Jorgens 2, Allison Estling 6 … 3-point shots: Dahl 1, Estling 1 … Rebound leader: Hastad 11 … Assist leader: Hastad 3 … Steal leader: Estling 4 ... Block leader: Dahl 2 

CMCS 72, YME 38

Central Minnesota Christian picked up its first win since Dec. 16, ending a four-game losing skid. The Bluejays earned a Camden Conference win over Yellow Medicine East in Prinsburg.

Pacing CMCS was Sienna Duininck with 23 points and eight rebounds. Lauren Taatjes put up a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Hannah Stark led the Sting with 11 points. Hope Stark tallied nine points.

CMCS heads to Canby on Thursday. YME travels to Renville County West on Tuesday.

YME (2-5)        20   18 — 38
CMCS (2-9)     50   22 — 72
YME - Scoring: Hope Stark 9, Ella Cherveny 4, Bayli Sneller 7, Stella Schuler 3, Ashley Luepke 2, Alana Almich 2, Hannah Stark 11 … 3-point shots: Ho. Stark 2, Sneller 1 … Rebound leader: Cherveny 5, Schuler 5 … Assist leader: Almich 2 … Steal leader: Ho. Stark 3 ... Block leader: Ho. Stark 2 
CMCS - Scoring: Sophia Vogel 2, CC Roiseland 6, Lilly Mellema 2, Natasha Erickson 12, Carrie Mulder 9, Lauren Taatjes 14, Sienna Duininck 23, Peighton Mulder 4 … 3-point shots: Roiseland 1, Duininck 1 … Rebound leader: Taatjes 12, Duininck 8 … Assist leader: Roiseland 5 … Steal leader: C. Mulder 4 ... Block leader: Taatjes 1, Duininck 1 

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Non-conference

Montevideo 72, Redwood Valley 31

Avery Koenen had 23 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three blocked shots to help Montevideo cruise past Redwood Valley at Redwood Falls.

Tenley Epema added 18 points for the Thunder Hawks, who play a key West Central Conference game Friday at Sauk Centre.

“It should be a really fun game,” Montevideo head coach Anthony Jackson said. “We’re pretty similar teams.”

Montevideo (9-1)              44   28 — 72
Redwood Valley (2-7)         8   23 — 31
MONTEVIDEO - Scoring: Teagan Epema 9, Annie Marquardt 2, Taylor Viesmann 2, Tenley Epema 18, Avery Koenen 23, Kiera Foley 8, Hailey Dirksen 5, Brooke Lindeman 4  … 3-point shots: Tea. Epema 3, Ten. Epema 6, Koenen 2, Dirksen 1 … Rebound leaders: Koenen 11, Foley 3 … Assist leader: Koenen 8, Tea. Epema 3, Ten. Epema 3 … Steal leader: Koenen 3, Tea. Epema 2 ... Block leader: A. Koenen 3 
REDWOOD VALLEY - Scoring: Ourada 9, Mertens 2, Sarasyn 4, Kodet 2, Barber 2, Larson 2, Huhnerkoch 10 … 3-point shots: Ourada 3 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Minnewaska 52, Eden Valley-Watkins 42

Sydney Dahl had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Megan Thorfinnson added 11 points, five steals, two blocks and two assists and Jayda Kolstoe added 11 points as Minnewaska beat Eden Valley-Watkins at Glenwood.

Eden Valley-Watkins (5-5)      20   22 — 42
Minnewaska (2-7)                    22   30 — 52
EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS - Stats not available
MINNEWASKA - Scoring: Lauryn Ankeny 1, Brooke Kolstoe 8, Sydney Dahl 21, Megan Thorfinnson 11, Jayda Kolstoe 11 … 3-point shots: Dahl 1 … Rebound leader: Dahl 11 … Assist leader: Thorfinnson 2 … Steal leader: Thorfinnson 5 ... Block leader: Thorfinnson 2

Paynesville 63, Morris/CA 24

Katie Uhlenkamp’s 16 points led the way for Paynesville, which had four players in double figures in the home victory over Morris/Chokio-Alberta.

Rayna Spanier added 12 points, Grace Roberg had 11 and Emma Flanders scored 10 for the Bulldogs.

Maddy Grove led the Tigers with nine points.

Morris/CA (2-6)         12   12 — 24
Paynesville (5-4)       29   34 — 63
MORRIS/CA - Scoring: Maddy Grove 9, McKenzie Konz 5, Hana Schutz 1, Lilly Knobloch 2, Maddie Fehr 4, Kaylee Harstad 3  … 3-point shots: Grove 1, Konz 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Rayna Spanier 12, Emma Flanders 10, Grace Roberg 11, Finley Anfinson 8, Kylie Pauls 6, Katie Uhlenkamp 16 … 3-point shots: Flanders 1, Roberg 1, Pauls 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

ACGC 46, Upsala 38

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City ended a four-game losing streak with a non-conference win over Upsala at Grove City.

Ruby Klinger had a double-double for the Falcons with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Brooke Schultz added nine points, and Elli Roemeling ripped down 11 rebounds and had five assists to go with four points.

ACGC heads to Kimball on Thursday for a Central Minnesota Conference game.

Upsala (4-6)      18   20 — 38
ACGC (2-6)       23   23 — 46
UPSALA - Scoring: McKenna Graves 3, Isabelle Leners 2, Dakota Soltis 7, Madalin Koetter 2, Samantha Pilarski 5, Hannah Luedtke 7, Hannah Heesen 2, Brenna Graves 10 … 3-point shots: Luedtke 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 
ACGC - Scoring: Elli Roemeling 4, Mikaili Johnson 4, Brooke Schultz 9, Ruby Klinger 22, Brooke Brekke 2, Mackenzie Powers 5 … 3-point shots: Powers 1, Schultz 1 … Rebound leader: Klinger 14, Roemeling 11 … Assist leader: Roemeling 5 … Steal leader: Roemeling 2, Schultz 2 ... Block leader: Klinger 2

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