Three Vikings record double-doubles in home finale win over RCW

Prep basketball roundup Feb. 20, 2024

MINNEOTA — The Minneota boys basketball team dominated the glass when it hosted Renville County West on Tuesday night and used the momentum from the battle on the boards to run away with a 90-56 win over the Jaguars in their final home game of the year.

The Vikings finished the night with a 51-28 rebounding advantage. Sawyer DeSmet led the team with 14 total rebounds and his nine offensive boards matched RCW’s team total. Ryan Dalager added another 10 total rebounds and three offensive boards while Max Rost grabbed eight defensive rebounds.

DeSmet, Dalager and Rost each recorded a double-double in the victory. Dalager’s 15 points with four 3-pointers were second to only Lucas Rybinski’s 16 points in the game while DeSmet added another 10 points. Rost finished with 11 points on just six shots and also dished out 10 assists with one turnover. Tate Peterson and Truthton Fales added another 11 and 10 points respectively.

Aside from Rost, Dalager, Rybinski and Peyton Sheik each distributed four assists while Peterson and Lincoln Jerzak recorded another three each, giving Minneota 32 assists as a group to RCW’s 17.

As a group, Minnoeta shot a 50.6% effective field goal percentage compared to 35.6% for the Jaguars.

Minneota improves to 20-6 with the win, its sixth in a row. They’ll look to keep the momentum rolling when they take on Luverne (10-12) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before facing off against No. 2 Dawson-Boyd (23-2) in the Camden Conference Championship game on Monday.

No. 2 Dawson-Boyd 67, CMC 59

DAWSON — In a rare game in which the Dawson-Boyd boys basketball team trailed at halftime, the Blackjacks were undeterred by adversity. Dawson-Boyd rallied after the break on Tuesday night to come away with a 67-59 win over Central Minnesota Christian.

At halftime, the Bluejays led 27-24. The Blackjacks’ offense caught fire to start the second half and scored 43 points to come away with a 9-point win.

Brayson Boike led Dawson_Boyd in the win with 29 points on 9 of 15 shooting from the field and 3 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc. Gunner Liebl added another 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting while Drew Hjelmeland rounded out the team’s leading scorers with 8 points.

Beyond his impact as a scorer, Boike’s 12 total rebounds and three offensive rebounds were both team-highs, as were his two blocks on the defensive end of the court. Liebl also had a block and a pair of steals in the win while Hjelmeland added two steals and 11 rebounds.

Dawson-Boyd improves to 23-2 with the win. After winning five in a row and 10 of its last 11, the Blackjacks will host Minneota in the Camden Conference Championship on Monday at 7 p.m. From there, they’ll get ready to take on the North subsection of the Section 3A tournament starting on March 2.

Harrisburg (S.D.) 73, Marshall 49

HARRISBURG, S.D. — The Marshall boys basketball team suffered its sixth consecutive loss on Tuesday night, falling into an early hole and failing to recover in the 73-49 loss.

Alex Franson and JR Vierstraete led Marshall scorers with 12 and 11 points respectively while Cooper Mensink and Braxton Koster each chipped in another 8. No other Tigers scored 5 or more points in the game.

Jacoby Mehrman led Harrisburg with 19 points on just eight field goal attempts in the game while Camden Phipps and Isaiah Tap each added another 18 points.

The Harrisburg Tigers held a 33-24 advantage on the glass. Vierstraete and Mensink led Marshal with seven and five rebounds respectively while Maddox Plack grabbed a game-high eight boards for Harrisburg.

Koster dished out four assists without a turnover for Marshall while Franson accounted for five of the visiting Tigers’ six steals.

Marshall falls to 9-16 with the loss and will conclude its regular season in Redwood Valley when it takes on Pipestone Area (13-10) at the Big South Showcase on Saturday at 9 a.m.

WWG 65, Edgerton 51

EDGERTON — Hudsen Jenniges scored a game-high 28 points on Tuesday night to help the Westbrook-Walnut Grove boys basketball team snap a four-game skid with a 65-51 win over Edgerton.

Of Jenniges’ 28 points, 25 came in the first half. He also tied Drew Swanson with a team-high two 3-pointers. Swanson was the team’s second-leading scorer with 12 points.

Michael Gunnick led Edgerton with 14 points in the game, 9 of which came after halftime. Jared Fischer added another 11 points in the loss.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove (4-20) will return to Westbrook to host Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda (3-18) and Red Rock Central (10-13) for its final two games. The Chargers’ game against the Coyotes will come on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the game against RRC is slated for Monday at the same time.

RRC 68, AE 46

LAMBERTON — Corey Arkell finished a rebound shy of a double-double on Tuesday night as he and four other Falcons and double figures led the Red Rock Central boys basketball team to a 68-46 win over Adrian-Ellsworth.

Arkell’s 12 points tied him with Jayden Lang for second on the team behind Ashton Holmen and his nine rebounds were second only to Isaac Simonson’s 19.

Holmen also grabbed six rebounds while Lang distributed four assists in the game.

In his first game after surpassing the 1,000-rebound mark, Simonson continued to contribute to team success for the Falcons, finishing with 10 points and five blocks.

Aiden Twet led the Dragons with 17 points.

Red Rock Central improves to 11-13 with the win. The Falcons still have an opportunity to close out the regular season at .500 with two more road matchups on the docket. They’ll head to Slayton on Friday to face off against Murray County Central (13-11) at 7:30 p.m. before concluding the regular season at Westbrook-Walnut Grove (4-20) on Monday.

TMB 69, YME 48

TRACY — Trevor Smith and Alex Munson continued to put on a show for the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton boys basketball team on Tuesday night. A day after they combined for 49 points with Munson nabbing a triple-double, the two put together another electric performance with a combined 47 points in a 69-48 win over Yellow Medicine East.

Smith led all scorers with 24 points in the game while Munson added another 23. Bryan Erbes was the only other Panther to record 5 or more points in the game, finishing with 9 in the win.

Jacob Peterson led YME with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting while Ricky Enney added another 9 points.

Munson’s 10 rebounds and seven assists were both team-highs. He also added a pair of steals and a block on the defensive end while Noah Knakmuhs tallied five steals for the Panthers.

Drew Almich led YME on the glass with 11 rebounds while Wakinyan GreyCloud added another eight boards. Almich, GreyCloud and Connor Fagen each recorded a block in the game while Peterson added another two. GreyCloud also had a pair of steals.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton improves to 16-9 with the win and will host Wabasso (5-19) for its regular-season finale on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Canby 72, Lakeview 58

CANBY — The Canby boys basketball team kept its momentum going with its fourth win in its last five games, defeating Lakeview 72-58.

Kolton Duis and Zach Ourada led the Lancers with 21 and 19 points respectively while Michael Tol added another 10 points.Ourada also made four of his nine 3-point attempts while Duis knocked down three of his eight attempts.

Duis also led his team on the boards, finishing with eight boards while Liam Macarthur added antoerh seven.

Braylon Breyfogle led Lakeview with 18 points in the loss while also adding five rebounds and a pair of steals. Carson Boe added another 13 points with three 3-pointers and five rebounds.

Cayden Anderson blocked a pair of shots for Canby.

Canby improves to 14-10 with the win while Lakeview falls to 4-20. The Lancers will host Cedar Mountain for their regular-season finale on Monday at 6 p.m. while Lakeview will look to end its 14-game skid on the road against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.



Montevideo 54, YME 41

GRANITE FALLS — The Thunderhawks’ defense was too much for the Yellow Medicine East girls basketball team to overcome on Tuesday night as Montevideo topped the Sting 54-41.

Alana Almich led the Sting with 12 points in the game, all on 3-pointers, while Bayli Sneller knocked down another trio of triples to finish with 11.

Montevideo held YME to 14 first-half points, though the Sting defense kept the game close by holding the Thunderhakws to 22. Still, Montevideo’s 32 second-half points were too much for YME to keep pace with.

Yellow Medicine East wraps up its regular season at 6-18. The Sting will host Lac qui Parle Valley on Thursday in the Section 3A tournament play-in round. The Sting earned the No. 8 seed in the North bracket while LQPV (4-21) earned the No. 9 seed. The winner will play No. 1 Minneota in Montevideo on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Luverne 69, Canby 30

LUVERNE — The Canby girls basketball team had no answer for Luverne’s explosive offense on Tuesday night, falling 69-30 to the Cardinals in their regular-season finale.

Brynn Kockelman led the Lancers with 10 points on nine attempts while Ava Danielson added another 7 points. They were the only Lancers to score 5 or more points in the game. Kockelman’s 2 of 4 shooting from 3-point range also made her the only Lancer to knock down a 3-ball as the rest of the team shot 0-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Canby wraps up its regular season at 8-15. The Lancers earned the No. 6 seed in the Section 3A North bracket and will face No. 3 MACCRAY in the subsection quarterfinals in Montevideo on Saturday at 4 p.m.


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