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Girls basketball roundup: KMS picks up a fundamental win over ACGC

Girls basketball report for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Saints shoot well from the free-throw line in beating Falcons 55-41 in the season opener

KMS sophomore Savannah Petersen, 5, puts up a runner over ACGC's Taylor Frericks during a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
KMS sopomore Savannah Petersen, 5, puts up a runner over ACGC's Taylor Frericks during a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
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KERKHOVEN — Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg thrived in the fundamentals in its season opener Tuesday.

The Fighting Saints were 22 of 32 from the free-throw line in a 55-41 girls basketball victory over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

ACGC sophomore Mackenzie Powers passes the ball along the perimeter during a non-conference game against KMS on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
ACGC sophomore Mackenzie Powers passes the ball along the perimeter during a non-conference game against KMS on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Three KMS players finished in double figures, led by Josie Gjerde’s 13 points. Madelynn Luft had 11 points and Acelynn Hacker added 10 in the victory.

The Fighting Saints built a 29-20 lead at halftime. Up 11-10 midway through the opening half, KMS pulled away with an 8-0 run, capped off by a 3-pointer by Gjerde.

Ruby Klinger was the Falcons’ top scorer with 12 points. Mikaili Johnson and Taylor Frericks both had seven points in the loss.

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KMS heads to Dawson-Boyd on Friday for its Camden Conference opener. ACGC is back on the road Friday for a non-conference tilt with Montevideo.

KMS sophomore Madelyn Luft, left, and ACGC freshman Ruby Klinger fight for control of the ball during a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
KMS sophomore Madelyn Luft, left, and ACGC freshman Ruby Klinger fight for control of the ball during a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Non-conference

KMS 55, ACGC 41

ACGC (0-1)     20   21 — 41
KMS (1-0)        29   26 — 55
ACGC - Scoring: Mikaili Johnson 7, Taylor Frericks 7, Brooke Schultz 4, Aaliyah Carlson 1, Ruby Klinger 12, Mackenzie Powers 4, Grace Kaehler 6 … 3-point shots: Johnson 1, Schultz 1, Kaehler 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
KMS - Scoring: Acelynn Hacker 10, Savannah Petersen 5, Elsa Gjerde 2, Emily Wagner 5, Julia Carlson 2, Josie Gjerde 13, Sophia Oerter 7, Madelynn Luft 11 … 3-point shots: Petersen 1, Wagner 1, J. Gjerde 1 … Rebound leader: Oerter 7 … Assist leader: Carlson 2 … Steal leader: J. Gjerde 3, Wagner 3 ... Block leader: Hacker 2

ACGC sophomore Brooke Schultz dribbles the ball after coming up with a rebound during a non-conference game against KMS on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
ACGC sophomore Brooke Schultz dribbles the ball after coming up with a rebound during a non-conference game against KMS on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 at Kerkhoven.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

NLS 70, WCA 43

New London-Spicer opened with a strong defensive effort to beat West Central Area at Barrett.

The Wildcats fueled their offense with their defense, taking a 41-15 halftime lead.

Sisters Avery and Dakota Rich led NLS with 21 and 17 points, respectively. Each hit three 3-pointers. Senior guard Jaden Coahran also paced the Wildcats with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven steals.

Macy Grosc had 18 points and Claire Stark added 16 for WCA.

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NLS (1-0)      41   29 — 70
WCA (0-1)     15   28— 43
NLS - Scoring: Ayla Easkey 2, Jaden Coahran 11, Avery Rich 21, Ava Carlson 7, Kylee Thorson 1, Ellary Peterson 1, Dakota Rich 17, Allison Van Nurden 2, Delaney Hanson 6, Katelynn Tortorella 2  … 3-point shots: A. Rich 3, D. Rich 3 … Rebound leaders: Coahran 6, Peterson 6, A. Rich 4, Hanson 4, Thorson 4 … Assist leaders: A. Rich 4, Coahran 4 … Steal leaders: Coahran 7, A. Rich 5, Hanson 5, D. Rich 4 ... Block leader: Peterson 2, Hanson 1
WCA - Scoring: Macy Grosc 18, Mya Foslien 5, Sydney Ulrich 3, Addison Staples 1, Claire Stark 16 … 3-point shots: Grosc 4, Foslien 1, Ulrich 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

BBE 68, Melrose 35

Ranked eighth in Class A in the preseason poll, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa excelled in its season opener with a home win over Melrose at Belgrade.

Leading the Jaguars was Abby Berge with 22 points and six steals. Harley Roering added 13 points and five steals.

Melrose (0-1)     16   19 — 35
BBE (1-0)           30   38 — 68
MELROSE - Stats not available
BBE - Scoring: Anna Jaeger 3, Bree Thieschafer 3, Tiyana Schwinghammer 11, Grace Jackson 2, Allison Dingmann 7, Madison Hoffmann 1, Adley Hagen 6, Abby Berge 22, Harley Roering 13, Tiffany Dingmann 2 … 3-point shots: Schwinghammer 1, A. Dingmann 1, Roering 1 … Rebound leader: A. Dingmann 5 … Assist leader: A. Dingmann 2 … Steal leader: Berge 6, Roering 5 ... Block leader: Hagen 1 

Osakis 48, Paynesville 44

Taylor Dirkes’ 19 points led the Osakis Silverstreaks past the Paynesville Bulldogs at Osakis.

Senior forward Katie Uhlenkamp had 14 points and sophomore forward Finley Anfisnon added 11 for the Bulldogs.

Paynesville (0-1)     24   20 — 44
Osakis (1-0)             26   22 — 48
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Rayna Spanier 4, Emma Flanders 5, Grace Roberg 5, Finley Anfinson 11, Kylie Pauls 5, Katie Uhlenkamp 14  … 3-point shots: Roberg 1, Anfinson 1, Pauls 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
OSAKIS - Scoring: Greta Faber 6, Taylor Dirkes 19, Bella Weisser 5, Carlie Muenzhuber 7, Madi Collins 5, Kiley Kranz 6 … 3-point shots: Dirkes 1, Weisser 1, Muenzhuber 1, Collins 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Dawson-Boyd 67, Benson 39

Dawson-Boyd had 19 steals and out-rebounded Benson 40-30 to win the opener at Dawson.

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Alli Estling had five steals, Ayiana Hastad and Chelsie Husby had four steals and Kate Dahl had three for the Blackjacks, who were 1-26 last season.

Norah Hilleren had 16 points and Elle Kletscher added 14 for the Braves.

Benson (0-1)                15   24 — 39
Dawson-Boyd (1-0)     36   31 — 67
BENSON - Scoring: Norah Hilleren 16, Kaida Helgenset 9, Jordan Schmidt 2, Elle Kletscher 14  … 3-point shots: Hilleren 2, Helgenset 1, Kletscher 2 … Rebound leader: J. Schmidt 12, Dakota Wrobleski 5, Kletscher 5, L. Schmidt 5 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: J. Schmidt 4, Hilleren 2 ... Block leader: J. Schmidt 3 
DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Ayiana Hastad 12, Husby 9, Jorgenson 1, Kate Dahl 6, Anderson 17, Jorgens 2, Alli Estling 15 … 3-point shots: Hastad 1, Husby 1, Dahl 2, Estling 1 … Rebound leader: Hastad 9, Jorgenson 5, Anderson 11, Jorgens 5 … Assist leader: Estling 4, Dahl 3, Hastad 2, Husby 2 … Steal leader: Hastad 4, Husby 4, Dahl 3, Estling 5 ... Block leader: Dahl 2

BOLD 71, YME 47

Lainey Braulick pumped in 26 points and had four steals in BOLD’s victory over Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

Mari Ryberg added 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists and Kenzie Vizzer had 14 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Warriors.

Hannah Stark had 23 points and Hope Stark added 10 for the Sting. Hannah also had seven rebounds and Hope added two assists, four steals and two blocked shots.

BOLD (3-0)     34   37 — 71
YME (0-1)       21   26 — 47
BOLD - Scoring: Mari Ryberg 19, Lainey Braulick 26, Kenzie Visser 14, Layla Pfarr 7, Kenna Henriksen 4, Anna Moorse 1 … 3-point shots: Braulick 3, Ryberg 1, Pfarr 1 … Rebound leader: Visser 17, Ryberg 12 … Assist leader: Ryberg 4 … Steal leader: Braulick 4 ... Block leader: Visser 2 
YME - Scoring: Hope Stark 10, Ruby Bones 6, Stella Schuler 5, Alana Almich 3, Hannah Stark 23 … 3-point shots: Ho. Stark 2, Schuler 1, Ha. Stark 5 … Rebound leader: Ha. Stark 7 … Assist leader: Ho. Stark 2 … Steal leader: Ho. Stark 4 ... Block leader: Ho. Stark 2

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LQPV 68, Minnewaska 47

Taylor Shelstad pumped in 24 points and Rylee Lund added 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead Lac qui Parle Valley at Glenwood.

LQPV (1-0)                37   31 — 68
Minnewaska (0-1)     21   26 — 47
LQPV - Scoring: Rylee Lund 16, Isabel Gerdes 14, Taylor Shelstad 24, Ayanna Gipson 2, Camryn Lee 12 … 3-point shots: Lund 4, Gerdes 1, Shelstad 4 … Rebound leader: Lee 10 … Assist leader: Lund 6, Gipson 6 … Steal leader: Lund 3, Shelstad 3 ... Block leader: Lee 4
MINNEWASKA - Stats not available

MACCRAY 60, Ortonville 15

Nine players scored and five had nine or more pints in MACCRAY’s season-opening victory over Ortonville at Clara City.

Emma Thein had 11 points, Brielle Janssen and Annie Bourne each had 10 and Ella Kienitz and Sdyney Thein chipped in with nine apiece for the Wolverines. Janssen also had 11 rebounds, three assists, eight steals and two blocks.

Ortonville (0-2)        3   12 — 15
MACCRAY (1-0)     37   23 — 60
ORTONVILLE - Stats not available
MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Kienitz 9, Alexis Noble 3, Annie Bourne 10, Sydney Thein 9, Emma Thein 11, Lily Hultgren 4, Brielle Janssen 10, Alix Bristle 1, Erika Pieper 3 … 3-point shots: Kienitz 2, Pieper 1 … Rebound leader: Janssen 11, Noble 8 … Assist leader: Janssen 3 … Steal leader: Janssen 8 ... Block leader: Janssen 2 

Wright County

Hutchinson 55, Litchfield 48

Brynn Beffert had 25 points, Savannah Schlueter 16 and Hannah Peterson 11 in Hutchinson’s Wright County Conference West Division victory over Litchfield at Hutchinson.

Four players scored in double figures for Litchfield. Morgan Felling led the way with 15 points, Ryana Steinhaus had 11 and Greta Hansen and Izzy Pennertz each added 10 for the Dragons. Hansen also chipped in with 10 rebounds and two assists.

Litchfield (0-1)         22   26 — 48
Hutchinson (1-2)     26   29 — 55
LITCHFIELD - Scoring: Ryana Steinhaus 11, Shelbie Dengerud 2, Greta Hansen 10, Morgan Falling 15, Izzy Pennertz 10 … 3-point shots: Steinhaus 1, Falling 4 … Rebound leader: Hansen 10 … Assist leader: Hansen 2 … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 
HUTCHINSON - Scoring: Hannah Peterson 11, Savannah Schlueter 16, Zoe Verhasselt 2, Marissa Stamer 1, Brynn Beffert 25 … 3-point shots: Peterson 1, Schlueter 3… Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a... Block leader: n/a

CAL

CCS 52, Fourth Baptist 35

Senior Sophia Bollig pumped in 29 points to lead Community Christian School to the victory over Fourth Baptist in a Christian Athletic League game at Willmar.

Bollig also had 13 rebounds. Hope Reid had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Eagles.

Fourth Baptist     18   17 — 35
CCS (2-0)             27   25 — 52
FOURTH BAPTIST - Stats not available 
CCS - Scoring: Sophia Bollig 29, Hope Reid 10, Lexi Nelson 7, Gabbie Bollig 4, Margo Klaassen 2 … 3-point shots: none … Rebound leaders: S. Bollig 13, Reid 11, Nelson 6, G. Bollig 6, Klaassen 5, Grace Strom 5 … Assist leaders: Nelson 5 … Steal leaders: Klaassen 3 ... Block leaders: Reid 5, Klaassen 2

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