Girls basketball roundup: Willmar Cardinals cruise to the win over the Big Lake Hornets
Girls basketball report for Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Willmar's 73-20 victory helps it get ready with the playoffs looming. Montevideo clinches an outright West Central Conference title for the first time in 47 years and Paynesville beats ACGC.
BIG LAKE — The Willmar girls basketball team is hoping to shift into high gear with the section playoffs just around the corner.
The Cardinals feel like they got a good start on that Monday night. They beat the Big Lake Hornets 73-20 in a non-conference game.
“(It’s a) great way to start the last week of the (regular) season,” Willmar head coach Dustin Carlson said.
Willmar built a 45-9 halftime lead. Four players scored in double figures, led by Jaida Reiman’s 19 points. She also had five steals and four assists.
Kenedee Salonek added 16 points and Brielle Ogdahl had 11 points and four assists for the Cards. Ellary Lange chipped in with 10 points. Ella Shinn had eight points and 10 rebounds and Telilie Lange had seven steals and four assists.
“We looked like we were on a mission to have fun playing ball tonight,” Carlson said. “We pushed the tempo and pressured the ball well.
“I was really proud of our energy throughout the entire game. We didn’t let up at all tonight.”
Willmar closes out the regular season at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Sauk Rapids.
Willmar 73, Big Lake 20
Willmar (17-8) 45 28 — 73
Big Lake (1-24) 9 11 — 20
WILLMAR - Scoring: Telilie Lange 4, Brielle Ogdahl 11, Ellary Lange 10, Zoe Schroeder 4, Maycee Gustafson 1, Kenedee Salonek 16, Jaid Reiman 19, Ella Shinn 8 … 3-point shots: Ogdahl 1, Lange 2, Salonek 2, Reiman 3 … Rebound leader: Shinn 10 … Assist leaders: Lange 4, Ogdahl 4, Reiman 4 … Steal leaders: Lange 7, Reiman 5 ... Block leader: none
BIG LAKE - Scoring: Alexis Moen 3, Kadyn Dilger 4, Rylie Sternquist 5, Emily Steen 8 … 3-point shots: Moen 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
Montevideo 58, Benson 19
The Montevideo Thunder Hawks wrapped up the outright West Central Conference title with he victory at Benson.
Montevideo has a 12-1 West Central Conference record. Benson is 0-11.
Montevideo won its first WCC title since joining the conference for the 1975-1976 season. The Thunder Hawks have had seven second-place finishes, including in 2020-21, according to conference historian Matthew Pederson of Starbuck.
“It feels great to win the conference outright,” Montevideo head coach Anthony Jackson said. “We had two games against Sauk Centre (both wins) that were huge for us.”
Montevideo led 43-8 at halftime.
“It was a smooth-sailing game on our end,” Jackson said. “We took out all our starters in the second half and got a lot of people in.
“I know the girls were real excited about winning the conference title outright.”
The Thunder Hawks close out the regular season against Yellow Medicine East on Tuesday in Granite Falls. Benson plays Melrose at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Benson.
Montevideo (22-3) 43 15 — 58
Benson (2-20) 8 11 — 19
Paynesville 48, ACGC 36
Junior Katie Uhlenkamp had 12 points and senior Aubrie Spanier 10 in Paynesville’s victory over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Paynesville.
Sophomore guard/forward Mikaili Johnson and eighth-grader Ruby Klinger each had 12 points to lead ACGC.
Paynesville beat ACGC 68-39 on Jan. 21 in Grove City.
ACGC is host to Maple Lake at 7 p.m. Thursday in Grove City.
ACGC (4-20) 15 21 — 36
Paynesville (6-19) 31 17 — 48
ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - Scoring: Elli Romeleing 8, Mikaili Johnson 12, Ruby Klinger 12, Brooke Brekke 3, Mackenzie Powers 1 … 3-point shots: Brekke 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a
PAYNESVILLE - Scoring: Grace Roberg 2, Emma Flanders 4, Maddie Hentges 8, Mikayla Roberg 6, Paige Ludwig 6, Aubrie Spanier 10, Katie Uhlenkamp 12 … 3-point shots: Hentges 2, M. Roberg 2, Spanier 1 … Rebound leader: n/a … Assist leader: n/a … Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a