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Girls basketball roundup: Melrose snaps its skid vs Paynesville

Dutchmen beat Paynesville 67-59 to end a four-game losing streak

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Bulldogs' junior Katie Uhlenkamp passes to a teammate against Melrose on Monday, Jan. 7, 2022 in Paynesville.
Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

PAYNESVILLE — Both Paynesville and Melrose came into Monday’s girls basketball matchup hoping to snap a losing streak. Melrose was on a four-game skid and Paynesville on a five-game streak.

Despite keeping it close, and at times having possession of the lead, the Dutchmen took the win 67-59, extending Paynesville’s losing streak to six.

The Bulldogs attempted to contain the presence of Paige Gruber inside the paint but the 6-foot forward scored 19 points. Melrose senior Brooke Finken proved to be a threat from deep, scoring 12 of her 16 points from the 3-point line.

Sophomore Emma Flanders led Paynesville with 19 points , scoring two 3-pointers.

Aside from Melrose having two bigs, Paynesville managed to keep the first half close with both teams constantly exchanging leads.

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With the score tied at 29, Melrose managed to have the final run of the first half to take a 34-31 halftime lead.

Paynesville looked to be taking control of the second half, having managed to take a 43-39 lead with 12 minutes to play.

Melrose eventually countered to out-score Paynesville 33-28 in the second half to take the win.

Paynesville plays host to Kimball at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Non-Conference

Melrose 67, Paynesville 59

Melrose (4-16)             34   33 — 67
Paynesville (4-16)       31   28 — 61

MELROSE - Scoring: Avery Van Beck 4, Brooke Finken 16, Kaydence Bertram 4, Ria Nelson 5, Madi Stusse-Birch 13, Paige Gruber 19, Brooke Meyer 6  … 3-point shots: Finken 4, Meyer 1. 

PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Grace Roberg 3, Emma Flanders 19, Maddie Hentges 5, Aubrie Spanier 3, Mikayla Roberg 11, Paige Ludwig 2, Rayna Spanier 2, Katie Uhlenkamp 14 … 3-point shots: Flanders 2, Henteges 1, A. Spanier 1, M. Roberg 3.BOLD 70,Redwood Valley 35Lainey Braulick and Mari Ryberg helped BOLD cruise to a non-conference win over Redwood Valley in Olivia.

Braulick, a ninth-grader, had a game-high 25 points along with three assists and three steals. Ryberg, a junior, added 22 points and six steals for the Warriors.

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BOLD built a 32-18 lead at halftime.

The Warriors return to West Central Conference play at 6 p.m. Friday at Benson.

Redwood Valley (0-23)      18   17 — 35
BOLD (12-10)                     32   38 — 70

REDWOOD VALLEY - Scoring: Catherine Buffie 3, Brynne Farasyn 5, Brooke Fischer 3, Kenzie Lundeen 4, Jessica Barber 3, Cali Johnson 2, Hailyn Ourada 3, Kylee Larsen 4, Kendall Huhnerkoch 2, Courtney Garmin 4, Morgan Kodet 2 … 3-point shots: Buffie 1, Farasyn 1, Barber 1, Ourada 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

BOLD - Scoring: Lainey Braulick 25, Anna Gardeen 3, Mari Ryberg 22, Anna Moorse 8, Kenzie Visser 6, Leslie Snow 2, Abby Meyers 4 … 3-point shots: Ryberg 2, Braulick 1, Gardeen 1 … Rebound leader: Visser 7, Snow 5, Meyers 5 … Assist leader: Braulick 3, Snow 3, Lily Dean 3 … Steal leader: Ryberg 6, Dean 4, Braulick 3 ... Block leader: Caylee Weber 1

C-G-B 56, Benson 41

Jessica Moberg’s 19 points gave Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley the lift it needed to get a road win over Benson.

Madi Wrobleski paced the Braves with 17 points. Teammate Marley Rush scored 11 of her 13 points in the opening half.

Benson returns to West Central Conference play when it takes on Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Benson.

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C-G-B (7-9)            31   25 — 56
Benson (2-12)       22   19 — 41

CLINTON-GRACEVILLE-BEARDSLEY - Scoring: Mataya Gibson 2, Jessica Moberg 19, Hayley Ward 7, Alaina Andrews 2, Grace Cardwell 15, Addison Ward 2, Abygail Sigler 8, Gracie Groebner 1 … 3-point shots: Moberg 2, Cardwell 5 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

BENSON - Scoring: Adysen Himley 6, Madi Wrobleski 17, Kaylin Grube 5, Marley Rush 13 … 3-point shots: Himley 2, Wrobleski 1, Grube 1, Rush 2 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

BLHS 64, ACGC 40

Four players scored all of Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s points in the victory over host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Madalynn Wulkan and Kristi Kottke each had 19 points for the Mustangs. Emilie Hable had 15 points and Rachel Kottke added 11 for BLHS.

Ruby Klinger had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Mikaili Johnson added 10 points for the Falcons.

ACGC next plays at 7 p.m. Thursday in Kimball.

BLHS (16-4)        41   23 — 64
ACGC (3-17)       22   18 — 40

BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Madalynn Wulkan 19, Kristi Kottke 19, Rachel Kottke 11, Emilie Hable 15 … 3-point shots: Wulkan 4, K. Kottke 3, R. Kottke 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - Scoring: Elli Roemeling 6, Mikaili Johnson 10, Brooke Tagtow 2, Brooke Schultz 2, Ruby Klinger 18, Mackenzie Powers 2 … 3-point shots: Johnson 1 … Rebound leader: Roemeling 11, Klinger 10 … Assist leader: Roemeling 5 … Steal leader: Johnson 5 ... Block leader: Klinger 2 

Camden

CMCS 80, RCW 37

Central Minnesota Christian locked up the Camden Conference North Division following a road win over Renville County West at Renville.

With one conference game left on the schedule, the Bluejays are now 13-2 in the Camden and 9-0 in the North.

Molly Mulder and Coco Duininck led CMCS with 17 points each. Mulder grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Duininck added six assists and six steals.

Emily Lippert scored a team-high 12 points for the Jaguars. Holly Bratsch followed with 10 points. RCW is 3-12 in the Camden.

CMCS plays MACCRAY at 7;30 p.m. Thursday in Prinsburg. RCW plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Madison.

CMCS (17-7)      39   41 — 80
RCW (3-19)        24   13 — 37

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Sienna Duininck 8, CC Roiseland 2, Reagan Swart 2, Morgan Groen 2, Maaike Duininck 3, Natasha Erickson 11, Molly Mulder 17, Lauren Taatjes 8, Coco Duininck 17, Carrie Mulder 10  … 3-point shots: M. Duininck 1, C. Duininck 1, C. Mulder 2 … Rebound leader: M. Mulder 7 … Assist leader: C. Duininck 6 … Steal leader: C. Duininck 6, S. Duininck 5 ... Block leader: M. Mulder 1, C. Mulder 1 

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Addyson Tanner 8, Holly Henderks 4, Holly Bratsch 10, Jennifer Bratsch 3, Emily Lippert 12 … 3-point shots: Tanner 2, H. Bratsch 2, Lippert 2 … Rebound leader: J. Bratsch 7 … Assist leader: Tanner 4 … Steal leader: Tanner 3 ... Block leader: H. Bratsch 1, J. Bratsch 1 

LQPV 60, KMS 49

Lac qui Parle Valley is now 11-4 in the Camden Conference following a North Division victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in Madison.

The Eagles got a game-high 23 points from Taylor Shelstad. Camryn Lee followed up with 14 points.

Madelynn Luft netted 12 points for the Fighting Saints, who drop to 6-9 in conference play.

LQPV plays Renville County West at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Madison. KMS faces Dawson-Boyd at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kerkhoven.

KMS (8-12)         25   24 — 49
LQPV (16-5)       32   28 — 60

KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG - Scoring: Acelynn Hacker 7, Emily Wagner 8, Julia Carlson 9, Josie Gjerde 7, Madelynn Luft 12, Hayley Demuth 6 … 3-point shots: Hacker 1, Gjerde 1, Luft 1 … Rebound leader: Gjerde 7 … Assist leader: Gjerde 3 … Steal leader: Wagner 3 ... Block leader: Luft 2 

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Rylee Lund 4, Addy Bonn 3, Isabel Gerdes 6, Taylor Shelstad 23, Tori Bungarden 8, Ayanna Gibson 2, Camryn Lee 14 … 3-point shots: Lund 1, Bonn 1, Gerdes 2, Shelstad 3, Bungarden 2 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a 

MACCRAY 85, Dawson-Boyd 38

Ella Bourne’s 25 points led four MACCRAY players in double figures in the Wolverines’ victory at Dawson.

Brielle Janssen had 16 points, Sydney Thein added 13 and Gabby Randt had 10 points and 10 rebounds for MACCRAY.

Laney Bartunek led Dawson-Boyd with nine points. Katherine Dahl and Ayiana Hastad each had eight for the Blackjacks.

MACCRAY next plays Central Minnesota Christian at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Prinsburg. Dawson-Boyd plays Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Kerkhoven.

MACCRAY (11-10)           48   37 — 85
Dawson-Boyd (1-22)       25   13 — 38

MACCRAY - Scoring: Ella Bourne 25, Sydney Thein 13, Emma Thein 6, Brielle Janssen 16, Elsie Sumner 8, Annie Bourne 4, Brynn Lozinski 4, Gabby Randt 10 … 3-point shots: E. Bourne 5, S. Thein 1, E. Thein 1 … Rebound leader: Randt 10, Sumner 9, Lozinski 8 … Assist leader: Randt 10 … Steal leader: Randt 9 ... Block leader: None

DAWSON-BOYD - Scoring: Chelsie Husby 7, Katherine Dahl 8, Hayley Anderson 5, Ayiana Hastad 8, Laney Bartunek 9 … 3-point shots: Husby 1 … Rebound leader: Dahl 4 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: Husby 2 ... Block leader: Carmen Willsey 1 

YME 68, Lakeview 29

Outscoring Lakeview 47-10 in the opening half, Yellow Medicine East won in a landslide in Camden Conference play at Granite Falls.

Hannah Stark led the Sting’s efforts with 18 points and eight rebounds. Shelby Mortenson followed up with 13 points and seven rebounds. Stella Schuler (12) and Ruby Bones (10) also had double figures.

YME hosts Canby at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Granite Falls.

Lakeview (2-21)         10   19 — 29
YME (10-9)                 47   21 — 68

LAKEVIEW - Scoring: Grace Rausch 5, Shelby Justesen 8, Paige Viane 12, No. 40 4  … 3-point shots: Rausch 1 … Rebound leaders: Wymer 5, Ebnet 5 … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: No. 40 1 ... Block leader: n/a 

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - Scoring: Yansi Flores 2, Ruby Bones 10, Stella Schuler 12, Aria Peters 9, Hope Stark 3, Janessa Bakkelund 1, Hannah Stark 18, Shelby Mortenson 13 … 3-point shots: Schuler 3, Peters 1, Ho. Stark 1, Ha. Stark 2 … Rebound leader: Ha. Stark 8, Mortenson 7 … Assist leader: Flores 5 … Steal leader: Schuler 3, Peters 3 ... Block leader: Bayli Sneller 2 

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Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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