Spark-plug Weis helps BOLD Warriors advance

Read how the senior guard scored 18 in win over Sleepy Eye, 66-55

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BOLD senior guard Brenna Weis shoots a floater during Monday's Section 2A-North quarterfinal against Sleepy Eye from BOLD High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

OLIVIA — Hurting her knee during her team’s regular-season finale last Tuesday against Morris/Chokio-Alberta, BOLD senior guard Brenna Weis was held out of practice leading up Monday’s Section 2A-North quarterfinal game against Sleepy Eye.

While she didn’t start the game, Weis was impactful off the bench, scoring a game-high 18 points during the Warriors’ 66-55 victory over the Indians from BOLD High School.

No. 4 seeded BOLD faces the sub-section’s top-seeded team, Sleepy Eye Saint Mary’s, at 6 p.m. Friday from St. Peter High School.

“When she came in, she was kind of that energizer,” Warriors head coach Brain Kingery said of Weis’ performance. “She attacked the hoop in the first half and was really that girl that we fed off of. She came out and gave off a ton of energy off the bench; (she) was huge for us and was instrumental in our win.”

Kingery does not start a player if she misses the previous practice. Sophomore forward Leslie Snow started in place of Weis in the lineup.


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BOLD senior guard Brenna Weis dribbles around a defender during Monday's Section 2A-North quarterfinal against Sleepy Eye from BOLD High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

The hosts were sluggish out of the gate. Four minutes into the game, Snow gave BOLD its first field goal on a lay-up as the team struggled mightily against Sleepy Eye’s collapsing defense. Half of the Warriors first 12 possessions ended with a turnover.

Inserted into the game moments later, Weis banked in a runner off the glass to cut Sleepy Eye’s lead to 12-7. The Indians responded with a spurt, pushing out a 19-8 advantage after a Brittney Dittbenner 3-pointer capped a 7-1 run.

From there, Weis stole the show.

Beginning with a drive to the basket, Weis ignited a 18-0 surge. Following a Weis putback and another basket inside, BOLD pulled ahead 21-19 after a bucket in the paint from senior guard Makayla Snow. After an Indians turnover and the home team in transition, Weis received the ball a couple of steps behind the three-point line, immediately elevated and canned the long-distance shot without touching the net.

Weis finished with 14 first-half points as the Warriors led 26-23 after halftime.

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BOLD senior forward Ashley Trongard muscles a pass to the corner during Monday's Section 2A-North quarterfinal against Sleepy Eye from BOLD High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

As dominant at Weis was in the first 18 minutes, Ashley Trongard was that in the final 18 minutes. The senior scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half to help BOLD build up as much as a 16-point cushion. She also finished with nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block.


With the outside shooting for Dittbenner and Kaydince Thoms, Sleepy Eye battled out of its hole, but could not make it closer than a three-point game in the late stages.

Aided by four 3-pointers, Dittbenner led the visitors with 16 points. Thoms had three long-distance makes and 11 points overall. Breaunna Mertz and Kadence Hesse each finished with 12 points.

Leslie Snow had 11 points and four assists for the Warriors. Makayla Snow contributed 10 points, a team-high 15 rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Sleepy Eye Indians at BOLD Warriors

Section 2A-North
BOLD 66,
Sleepy Eye 55

Sleepy Eye (17-9) 23 32 — 55
BOLD (18-9) 26 40 — 66
SLEEPY EYE - Scoring: Brooklyn Moldan 2, Brittney Dittbenner 16, Breaunna Mertz 12, Kaydince Thoms 11, Kadence Hesse 12, Erika Lozano 2 … 3-point shots: Dittbenner 4, Thoms 3 … Rebound leader: N/A … Assist leader: N/A … Steal leader: N/A ... Block leader: N/A
BOLD - Scoring: Mari Ryberg 8, Lanie Mages 2, Ashley Trongard 17, Makayla Snow 10, Brenna Weis 18, Leslie Snow 11 … 3-point shots: Ryberg 2, Weis 1 … Rebound leader: M. Snow 15, Trongard 9 … Assist leader: Trongard 7, L. Snow 4 … Steal leader: Trongard 3, Five with 2 ... Block leader: M. Snow 2, Trongard 1

CMCS 62,
Cleveland 16

Second-seeded Central Minnesota Christian made short work of seventh-seeded Cleveland in the opening round of the Section 2A-North playoffs as the Bluejays advance to the sub-section semifinals.

Elli Stoel and Coco Duininck led CMCS with 19 points each. Duininck also had nine steals and four assists while Stoel came up with 13 rebounds and also hit four 3-pointers.


The Bluejays take on third-seeded Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 7:45 p.m. Friday at St. Peter High School.

Cleveland (3-21) 9 7 — 16
CMCS (20-6) 33 29 — 62
CLEVELAND - Stats not available
CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN - Scoring: Reegan Duininck 2, Maaike Duininck 8, Emma Roiseland 4, Elli Stoel 19, Molly Mulder 2, Coco Duininck 19, Nyssa Vogel 5, Katelyn Bulthuis 3 … 3-point shots: M. Duininck 1, Stoel 4, C. Duininck 1, Vogel 1 … Rebound leader: Stoel 13 … Assist leader: C. Duininck 4 … Steal leader: C. Duininck 9 ... Block leader: Mulder 1, C. Duininck 1

BLHS 75,
RCW 23

Sara Kottke — Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s lone senior — scored 19 of her game-high 28 points in the opening half as the third-seeded Mustangs advanced in the Section 2A-North tournament with a win over No. 6 Renville County West.

Maddy Wulkan hit four 3-pointers on the way to a 14-point night for BLHS.

Lauren Wulf had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Jaguars, who end the season at 5-22.

The Mustangs face No. 2 seed Central Minnesota Christian in the sub-section semifinals at 7:45 p.m. Friday at St. Peter High School.

RCW (5-22) 14 9 — 23
BLHS (20-6) 38 37 — 75
RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Scoring: Rachel Jakel 1, Lauren Wulf 10, Holly Bratsch 3, Vanessa Savig 6, Jennifer Bratsch 3 … 3-point shots: Bratsch 1, Savig 1 … Rebound leader: Wulf 13, Hannah Pharr 9 … Assist leader: Jakel 2, Savig 2 … Steal leader: Savig 4 ... Block leader: Wulf 2
BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART - Scoring: Maddy Wulkan 14, Lily Dean 6, Kristi Kottke 8, Rachel Kottke 5, Sara Kottke 28, Tia Weispfennig 3, Jasmine Haugen 6, Allison Milbrandt 5 … 3-point shots: Wulkan 4, Dean 1, K. Kottke 2, R. Kottke 1, S. Kottke 2, Weispfennig 1, Milbrandt 1 … Rebound leader: R. Kottke 6 … Assist leader: K. Kottke 7, S. Kottke 5 … Steal leader: K. Kottke 6, S. Kottke 5 ... Block leader: K. Kottke 1

Section 3A-North
Lakeview 62,

Trailing by one at halftime, second-seeded Lakeview went on a 14-4 run over the first eight minutes of the second half to come away with a win over No. 3-seeded Lac qui Parle Valley in the Section 3A-North semifinals at the R/A Facility at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

Full stats were not available at press time.
The Eagles finish the season with a 16-10 record.

LQPV (16-10) 33 14 — 47
Lakeview (20-7) 32 30 — 62

CCS 50,
Immanuel Lutheran 46

Community Christian School of Willmar knocked off visiting Immanuel Lutheran in a Christian Athletic League game.

The Eagles were led by Grace Lindgren’s 25 points. Sophia Bollig had 17 points and Sage Mulder four for CCS.

For Immanuel Lutheran, Arbree Kranz had 18 points and Nyamer Rick added 13.
CCS improved to 9-2 in the CAL. The Trojans fell to 5-5.

CCS plays Faith Christian Academy at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Willmar.

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