Girls basketball roundup: Willmar shows some confidence in win

Jan. 24—WILLMAR — Zoe Schroeder's confidence in the paint has been waning as of late.

Even during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference girls basketball game against Brainerd, some of her layups weren't falling early on.

But in the final minute, Schroeder found her shot. And that got the Cardinals in the win column.

With 5.3 seconds left against the Warriors, Schroeder posted up a defender, faked left and went right with an off-balance layup. The shot dropped and put the Cardinals ahead for good in a 49-47 victory.

"In crunch time, that's when you've got to have confidence in yourself," said Schroeder, who scored a similar layup with 49 seconds left. She finished with seven points.

"I knew time was running low. I was hoping to draw the foul but it went in. I heard a bunch of cheering and saw two seconds left on the clock, so gotta get up and go. Luckily they called a timeout and we could get back on defense."

Willmar led 28-21 at half, but there were plenty of ebbs and flows in the second half. Brainerd opened the half on a 15-3 run and took a 32-31 lead after a Brook Sandberg layup. The Warriors led by as much as five in that run.

The Cardinals followed up with their own 13-0 run to go up 45-36 after a Maycee Gustafson putback with five minutes to play.

"We stayed positive," Schroeder said. "We still had that energy and we knew we could come back. We've been in a lot of close games, so it's important to be confident in yourself.

With 1:03 to play, Brainerd tied it at 45-all following a Kate Stadum layup.

After a half full of counters, Schroeder made sure the Cardinals landed the final counter for the CLC victory. Brainerd's final possession ended with a double dribble, allowing the Cardinals to clinch the game.

Willmar is now 2-6 in the CLC. Brainerd drops to 2-5.

"It was clear we wanted this one," said Cardinals head coach Brendan Hedtke. "They responded well and they were composed. ... We took care of the ball and didn't give them easy shots and that helped."

Willmar plays Alexandria at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Alexandria.

Brainerd (4-11) 21 26 — 47

Willmar (4-11) 28 21 — 49

BRAINERD — Stats not available

WILLMAR — Scoring: Brielle Ogdahl 9, Maycee Gustafson 6, Telilie Lange 6, Allie Rosendahl 7, Zoe Schroeder 7, Kenedee Salonek 12, Lyza Gustafson 2 ... 3-point shots: Lange 2, Rosendahl 1, Salonek 3 ... Rebound leader: Ogdahl 12 ... Assist leader: M. Gustafson 4 ... Steal leader: Rosendahl 2 ... Block leader: Ogdahl 2

It was a night of milestones at Glencoe-Silver Lake.

First, New London-Spicer senior Avery Rich scored her 1,000th career point in helping the Wildcats to the victory.

Then, sophomore Myleah Monahan scored her 1,000th career point in the Panthers' loss. NLS is ranked second in Class AA. GSL is 18th in the same poll.

Rich finished with 28 points, five rebounds, five assists and eight steals.

Monahan finished with 18 points.

NLS is 6-0 in the Wright County West Division. GSL is 4-1.

NLS plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Litchfield.

NLS (15-0) 37 36 — 73

GSL (12-4) 25 24 — 49

NLS — Scoring: Jaden Coahran 7, Avery Rich 28, Ava Carlson 8, Kaylee Thorson 2, Dakota Rich 17, Delaney Hanson 9, Katelynn Tortorella 2 ... 3-point shots: A. Rich 4, D. Rich 3, Hanson 1... Rebound leaders: Hanson 7, Carlson 7, Coahran 6, A. Rich 5, D. Rich 4, Tortorella 4... Assist leaders: Hanson 5, D. Rich 5, A. Rich 4, Coahran 4, Thorson 4 ... Steal leaders: A. Rich 8, Hanson 3, Coahran 3 ... Block leader: none

GSL — Scoring: Myleah Monahan 18, Hannah Graf 3, Brook Christianson 10, Lydia Simons 3, Brooke Mickolichek 2, Lydia Dietl 4, Grace Lipke 5, Audrey Peterson 4 ... 3-point shots: Monahan 3, Graf 1, Simons 1 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Watertown-Mayer used an excellent night from the free-throw line to beat host Litchfield in overtime.

The Royals made 21 of 25 free throws, 84%.

Eleanor Rundell led Watertown-Mayer with 17 points.

Litchfield, which has lost three in a row, received a big game from Ryanna Steinhaus. She had 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Watertown-Mayer (9-7) 30 13 15 — 58

Litchfield (7-8) 19 24 7 — 50

WATERTOWN-MAYER — Scoring: Eleanor Rundell 17, Hailey Baker 2, Madelynn Onell 5, Lyndsay Pentagor 13, Abby Otterness 4, Mercedes Burmeister 5, Mallory Czinano 12 ... 3-point shots: Rundell 1, Onell 1, Burmeister 1 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

LITCHFIELD — Scoring: Adelia Bruning 2, Ryanna Steinhaus 16, Kylie Michels 9, Shelby Dengerud 3, Greta Hansen 7, Addy Lundeen 2, Izzy Pennertz 8, Morgan Falling 3 ... 3-point shots: Steinhaus 4, Michels 3, Dengerud 1, Falling 1 ... Rebound leaders: Hansen 12, Steinhaus 10 ... Assist leader: Steinhaus 7 ... Steal leader: Steinhaus 5 ... Block leader: Michels 3, Hansen 2

Sauk Centre outscored BOLD 29-18 in the second half to snap the Warriors' seven-game winning streak and win at Sauk Centre.

The Mainstreeters, who rank No. 15 in Class AA, received a game-high 18 points from Victoria Kerfeld. BOLD ranks No. 9 in Class A.

BOLD senior guard Mari Ryberg had a team-best 15 points with nine rebounds and five steals.

The Warriors are 5-1 in the West Central conference and play host to Minnewaska at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Olivia.

BOLD (12-3) 26 18 — 44

Sauk Centre (12-3) 18 29 — 47

BOLD — Scoring: Mari Ryberg 15, Lainey Braulick 13, Kenzie Visser 11, Anna Moorse 3, Lily Dean 2 ... 3-point shots: Ryberg 3, Braulick 2, Moorse 1 ... Rebound leader: Ryberg 9 ... Assist leader: Ryberg 3 ... Steal leader: Ryberg 5 ... Block leader: Visser 2

SAUK CENTRE — Scoring: Victoria Kerfeld 18, Victoria Jennissen 16, Kortan 6, Jenna Gapinski-Vogt 4, Avery Rieland 3 ... 3-point shots: Kerfeld 4, Rieland 1 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Morris/Chokio-Alberta snapped Minnewaska's two-game winning streak with a win at Morris.

The Lakers, who got a team-high nine points from senior Brooke Kolstoe, are 2-4 in the West Central. Morris/CA is also 2-4.

Minnewaska plays BOLD at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Olivia.

Minnewaska (5-10) 15 24 — 39

Morris/CA (3-11) 30 19 — 49

MINNEWASKA — Scoring: Brooke Kolstoe 9, Megan Thorfinnson 8, Sydney Dahl 8, Addyson Kath 6, Avery Fier 4, Lauryn Ankeny 3, Leslie Murken 1 ... 3-point shots: Thorfinnson 2, Ankeny 1 ... Rebound leader: Dahl 11 ... Assist leader: Kath 2 ... Steal leader: Thorfinnson 4 ... Block leader: Thorfinnson 2

MORRIS/CA — Stats not available

Paynesville edged Kimball behind 16 points from Katie Uhlenkamp for the victory at Paynesville.

Paynesville broke a four-game losing streak with the win, moving to 4-4 in the conference. Kimball is 3-5.

Paynesville plays host to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at 7 p.m. Thursday at Paynesville.

Kimball (10-6) 21 22 — 43

Paynesville (7-8) 19 26 — 45

KIMBALL — Scoring: Brooklyn Kuechle 6, Olivia Mortenson 11, Ellie Kuechle 4, Ava Molitor 2, Kristen Hilbert 20 ... 3-point shots: B. Kuechle 2, Mortenson 2 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

PAYNESVILLE — Scoring: Rayna Spanier 8, Emma Flanders 7. Grace Roberg 5, Finley Anfinson 2, Kylie Pauls 7, Katie Uhlenkamp 16 ... 3-point shots: Spanier 1, Roberg 1, Pauls 1 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Brookyln Fischer, Abby Berge and Harley Roering helped Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa extend its winning streak to 10 games with a commanding victory at Belgrade.

BBE, which ranks No. 8 in Class A, got 18 points from Fischer and Berge. Roering followed closely with 17.

The Jaguars play host to Holdingford at 7 p.m. Thursday at Belgrade.

EV-W (7-9) 20 25 — 45

BBE (12-2) 41 29 — 70

EV-W — Stats not available

BBE — Scoring: Brooklyn Fischer 18, Abby Berge 18, Harley Roering 17, Tiyana Schwinghammer 6, Anna Jaeger 3, Grace Jackson 3, Adley Hagen 3, Bree Thieschafer 2 ... 3-point shots: Roering 3, Fischer 2, Jaeger 1, Jackson 1, Hagen 1 ... Rebound leader: Berge 7 ... Assist leader: Schwinghammer 4 ... Steal leader: Schwinghammer 4 ... Block leader: Schwinghammer 1, Dingmann 1

Camryn Lee led a trio of Lac qui Parle Valley players in double figures in a Camden Conference win over Renville County West in Renville.

Lee had 20 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Taylor Shelstad had 15 points and eight assists. Isabel Gerdes added 12 points for the 20th-ranked (Class A) Eagles.

Laila Ridler finished with eight points and six boards for the Jaguars.

LQPV plays Central Minnesota Christian at 6 p.m. Friday at Prinsburg. RCW plays BOLD at 4 p.m. Saturday at Olivia.

LQPV (14-3) 38 24 — 62

RCW (6-11) 20 13 — 33

LQPV — Scoring: Rylee Lund 9, Isabel Gerdes 12, Taylor Shelstad 15, Camryn Lee 20, Ayanna Gipson 4, Jalyn Lee 2 ... 3-point shots: n/a ... Rebound leader: C. Lee 8 ... Assist leader: Shelstad 8 ... Steal leader: Shelstad 6, Gipson 6 ... Block leader: C. Lee 2

RCW — Scoring: Holly Hinderks 7, Johanna Braun 4, Breana Winzenburg 1, Taya Halvorson 2, Rachel Jakel 7, Shelby Allex 1, Laila Ridler 8 ... 3-point shots: Hinderks 1, Lippert 2 ... Rebound leader: Jakel 6, Ridler 6, Lippert 6 ... Assist leader: Ridler 2 ... Steal leader: Jakel 3 ... Block leader: none

Led by a 20-point, seven-rebound effort from eighth-grader Sienna Duininck, Central Minnesota Christian got the Camden Conference win over MACCRAY in Clara City.

Lauren Taatjes added 10 points for the Bluejays.

Brielle Janssen scored a game-high 21 points for the Wolverines. She also grabbed 11 rebounds and had four steals.

CMCS plays host to Lac qui Parle Valley Friday at Prinsburg. MACCRAY travels to Ortonville on Thursday.

CMCS (5-11) 20 25 — 45

MACCRAY (10-6) 17 21 — 38

CMCS — Scoring: CC Roiseland 2, Emmi Braem 4, Natasha Erickson 2, Carrie Mulder 7, Lauren Taatjes 10, Sienna Duininck 20 ... 3-point shots: Mulder 1, Duininck 3 ... Rebound leader: Duininck 7 ... Assist leader: Duininck 3 ... Steal leader: Mulder 2, Taatjes 2, Duininck 2 ... Block leader: Mulder 1

MACCRAY — Scoring: Ella Kienitz 8, Annie Bourne 7, Emma Thein 2, Brielle Janssen 21 ... 3-point shots: Kienitz 2, Bourne 1, Janssen 3 ... Rebound leader: Janssen 11 ... Assist leader: E. Thein 6 ... Steal leader: Janssen 5 ... Block leader: Janssen 1

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg extended its winning streak to four with a dominating victory against Dawson-Boyd at Kerkhoven.

Acelynn Hacker led the Fighting Saints with 18 points. Madelynn Luft had eight points, eight blocks and seven rebounds.

Dawson-Boyd holds a 1-4 record in the Camden North. KMS is 6-1.

Dawson-Boyd plays Ortonville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kerkhoven. KMS plays MACCRAY at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Clara City.

Dawson-Boyd (6-10) 13 7 — 20

KMS (14-3) 32 26 — 58

DAWSON-BOYD — Scoring: Hayley Anderson 7, Kate Dahl 5, Allison Estling 3, Ayiana Hastad 3, Carolyn Hanisch 2 ... 3-point shots: Estling 1, Hastad 1 ... Rebound leader: Hastad 5 ... Assist leader: none ... Steal leader: Hastad 3 ... Block leader: Hastad 1, Dahl 1

KMS — Scoring: Acelynn Hacker 18, Mamie Luft 11, Elsa Gjerde 9, Madelynn Luft 8, Julia Carlson 4, Josie Gjerde 4, Lilly Ronholdt 3, Izzy Wirth 1 ... 3-point shots: E. Gjerde 3, Hacker 1, Ronholdt 1 ... Rebound leader: Madelynn Luft 7 ... Assist leaders: E. Gjerde 2, J. Gjerde 2, Madelynn Luft 2 ... Steal leaders: Hacker 6, J. Gjerde 6 ... Block leader: Madelynn Luft 8

Canby defeated Yellow Medicine East behind a 19-point performance by Brynn Kockelman at Canby.

Sting's Hannah Stark also had 19 points. YME holds a 1-3 record in the Camden South.

YME plays host to Wabasso at 6 p.m. Thursday at Granite Falls.

YME (5-8) 15 32 — 47

Canby (6-10) 27 27 — 54

YME — Scoring: Hannah Stark 19, Stella Schuler 14, Hope Stark 6, Ruby Bones 6, Alana Almich 2 ... 3-point shots: Schuler 3, Hannah Stark 2 ... Rebound leader: Schuler 9 ... Assist leaders: Hope Stark 3, Gracie Kleven 3 ... Steal leader: Schuler 6 ... Block leader: Bayli Sneller 3

CANBY — Scoring: Brynn Kockelman 19, Kortney Leppke 16, Braelyn Merritt 10, Ashlee Ann Frazeur 5, Paige Nelson 2, Lacie Devos 2 ... 3-point shots: Merritt 1, Kockelman 4 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Elle Kletscher and Lauren Schmidt helped Benson win its third game of the season at Collegeville.

Kletscher and Schmidt led the Braves with 11 points each. Kletscher made three 3-pointers.

Benson plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Swanville.

Benson (3-5) 18 19 — 37

St. John's Prep (1-6) 15 13 — 28

BENSON — Scoring: Elle Kletscher 11, Lauren Schmidt 11, Norah Hilleren 7, Kaida Helgenset 6, Jordan Schmidt 2 ... 3-point shots: Hilleren 1, Kletscher 3 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

ST. JOHN'S PREP — Scoring: Sarah Bolton 5, Kate McGee 4, Clara Schleper 6, Sofia Pauly 4, Louise Ruzanic 2, Miranda Meyer 7 ... 3-point shots: Bolton 1 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

In a ranked battle, Montevideo emerged with a road win over New Ulm.

The Thunder Hawks (12-2) rank 11th in Class AA. The Eagles (11-5) are 19th in Class AAA.

Montevideo plays host to West Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Montevideo.