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Vikings make quick work of Jaguars

Prep basketball roundup Feb. 15, 2024

No. 10 Minneota 81, RCW 36

RENVILLE — The No. 10 Minneota girls basketball team capped off its regular season on a nine-game win streak Thursday night with an 81-36 win over Renville County West.

Kenadi Arndt led the Vikings in the game with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field with a 3-pointer. Her 14 total rebounds led Minneota to a 53-23 advantage on the glass and her seven offensive boards nearly matched the Jaguards’ team total of nine

Dakoda Hennen and Kiersyn Hulzebos also added another four offensive rebounds each to help Minneota to a team total of 21 offensive boards. Hulzebos finished with seven total rebounds while Dakoda Hennen tied Grace Hennen for fourth on the team with five boards, trailing Arndt, Hulzebos and Emma Bottelberghe’s six.

Faith Myhre was the only player with multiple 3-pointers in the game. She made two of her six attempts, doubling the Jaguars’ team total for makes, to finish with 14 points. Grace Hennen and Hulzebos added another 13 and 12 points respectively for the Vikings.

The teams remained even in the turnover battle with 20 turnovers each, though Minneota had 12 steals to RCW’s eight. Dakoda Hennen finished with three while Arndt and Grace and Nevaeh Hennen each added another two. Arndt, Bottelberghe and Dakoda Hennen each also recorded a block in the win.

Minneota improves to 23-3 on the season with the win. They’ll now get ready to head to Kerkhoven on Monday to face off against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg for the Camden Conference Championship. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. From there, the Vikings will await their seeding for the Section 3A tournament, which will begin on Feb. 22. The top six seeds on each side of the bracket will receive a first-round bye, with the bottom four seeds each competing in a play-in game at the site of the low seed. Second-round play will be held at Montevideo on Feb. 24.

No. 4 Sioux Falls Jefferson (S.D.) 43, No. 6 Marshall 41

SIOUX FALLS — The No. 6 Marshall girls basketball team finished its regular season on Thursday night just shy of a win, falling 43-41 to No. 4 Sioux Falls Jefferson (S.D.)

Jefferson held Marshall to 39% from inside the arc and 17% shooting beyond it. Reese Graven was the only Tiger to finish in double figures, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while Kennedy Drake’s two 3-pointers gave her 8 points on the night.

Taleigha Bigler and Reese Drake each dished out three assists on the night, with Bigler’s coming on just one turnover.

Paige Gillingham and Morgan Bjella led Marshall on the glass with seven and six rebounds respectively. Bjella, Bigler and Graven each also had a pair of steals while Reese Drake recorded another three.

Jefferson shot 55% from 2-point range and 31% on 3-pointers in the game but Marshall’s 7-17 advantage in the turnover battle kept the game competitive.

Marshall (18-6) will now await its seeding for the Section 2AAA tournament, which will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The top overall seed will receive a first-round bye with the other three games being held at the home site of the high seed. The tournament’s semifinals and finals will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on March 2 and March 7.

TMB 51, YME 46

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine East girls basketball team picked up its second win in three games on Thursday night, taking down Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 51-46.

Bailey Mortenson led the Sting offense in the first half with 10 of her team-leading 14 points. From there, Ashley Luepke picked up the slack in the second half with 8 of her 12 points. Bayli Sneller also accounted for a pair of 3-pointers for YME.

Hailey Gernentz was on a mission for TMB, scoring a game-high 22 points. She was particularly effective in the second half, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to score 16 points after the break. Brianna Duscher was the team’s second-leading scorer with 8 points.

Yellow Medicine East improves to 6-18 with the win and will end its regular season with the final game of a three-game homestand, hosting Montevideo (5-19) on Tuesday. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton falls to 7-16 and will wrap up the regular season against Springfield tonight. From there, the Panthers will await their await seeding for the Section 3A tournament, which will begin on Feb. 22. The top six seeds on each side of the bracket will receive a first-round bye, with the bottom four seeds each competing in a play-in game at the site of the low seed. Second-round play for the South bracket will be held at Montevideo on Feb. 24.

RTR 68, HLOF 36

FULDA — The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton girls basketball team took down Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda by a final score of 68-36 on Thursday to close out their road schedule on a high note.

The Knights had 12 different scorers in the win. Leading the way on the night was Tatym Hess, who finished the game with 12 points, while Shae O’Leary and Ally Nelson finished with another 11 and 10 respectively. O’Leary made a game-high three 3-pointers while Laken Baartman connected from long range for the Knights’ only other 3-ball.

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton is now 13-12 on the season and will host Hills-Beaver Creek (13-10) on Monday before heading into the Section 3A Tournament later in the week.

SWMC 54, WWG 52

EDGERTON — The Westbrook-Walnut Grove girls basketball team’s nine-game win streak came to an end on Thursday night with a 54-52 loss to Southwest Minnesota Christian.

Ana Veldkamp led the Eagles on the night with 18 points while Jocelyn Barron added another 16.

For the Chargers, Leah Crter led the team with 12 points, 9 of which came in the first half. Addeson Jenniges and Natalie Wahl added another 10 and 9 points respectively.

Jenniges and Izzy Klumper each made a pair of 3-pointers in the game while Abby Wiggins drained another in the loss.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove falls to 21-4 on the season with the loss. The Chargers will wrap up their regular season on Monday when they host Edgerton (16-7) for a rematch of last year’s Section 3A South semifinals, which the Flying Dutchmen won 53-41.

CMCS 66, Dawson-Boyd 51

PRINSBURG — Central Minnesota Christian topped Dawson-Boyd 66-51 on Thursday night in a Camden Conference girls basketball game.

Allison Estling led the Blackjacks with 15 points and three steals, while Claire Stratmoen added 14 points and three steals. Alyssa Swedzinski had 10 points also for Dawson-Boyd, while Ayiana Hastad led the team on the board with seven rebounds.

Dawson-Boyd (10-13, 7-9) awaits Section 3A playoff seedings next.

BOYS BASKETBALL

CMC 89, Wabasso 61

WABASSO — Central Minnesota Christian defeated Wabasso 89-61 Thursday in a nonconference boys basketball game.

Brayden Gaetter led the Rabbits with 17 points, while Tristan Larson had 15 points. Noah Anderson added 14 points for Wabasso.

Wabasso (5-18) hosts Springfield on Friday.

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