Prep girls basketball: New London-Spicer captures WildCard title

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Dec. 29—NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer girls basketball team won the WildCard championship game with a 55-48 victory over Willmar on Tuesday.

Much of the Wildcats' success came from their 2-3 zone defense for the second consecutive game.

"We just don't see a lot of teams playing 2-3 zones anymore," Cardinals coach Dustin Carlson said. "We don't practice a lot against it until when we're going to play New London-Spicer.

"It's just something that is fresh in our minds and a little bit of a learning experience for us."

NLS used the 2-3 zone in the 42-34 win against Central Minnesota Christian on Monday.

The Wildcats also used a half-court trap in the backcourt, making bringing the ball up court difficult for Willmar. Then, NLS reverted back to the 2-3 zone once the ball passed half court.

"I'm just really pleased with the outcome," Wildcats' coach Mike Dreier said. "Willmar is a very talented and aggressive team. We held our own and then some. That's what we needed to do."

Avery and Dakota Rich played a vital role in the Wildcats' win, combining for 37 of the team's 55 points, and hitting five of the team's seven 3-pointers.

Jaida Reiman led the Cardinals with 14 points.

Both teams were evenly matched early with Willmar taking a 9-5 lead followed by a 12-10 advantage.

The Cardinals held the lead for the majority of the first half before Avery Rich helped lead the Wildcats on a short run. NLS got up 20-15 near the end of the half and carried a 22-20 lead into halftime.

NLS came out firing in the second half from deep to bring the deficit to double-digits.

Near the closing minutes, Willmar converted on back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the score to 49-45 with four minutes to play.

"They had a very good stretch to nearly take the lead," Dreier said. "They brought it from 14 to 4. Things were looking a little shaky there."

Nevertheless, NLS managed to withstand the late run for the win.

"I think we grew up a little tonight to be honest with you," Dreier said. "They dug down and they were able to do the little things that they needed to do to be able to find success. If we can do the little things we'll have a good chance to really battle, and win, against anybody.

Carlson said the loss and the zone experience will help the Cardinals.

"You never know what somebody is going to throw at you, especially when it comes to playoff time," he said. "So, to get these opportunities, to see different defenses and see these traps and a lot of pressure, it's a great learning experience.

"We're just racking up a lot of learning experiences at the start of this season. But, seeing the big picture, I think it's really going to help pay off for us in the future."

NLS next plays at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 6 at Paynesville. Willmar plays at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Becker.

WildCard tournament

NLS 55,

Willmar 48

Willmar (5-5) 20 28 — 48

NLS (8-1) 22 33 — 55

WILLMAR — Scoring: Sammy Christoffer 7, Brielle Ogdahl 3, Ellary Lange 3, Zoe Schroeder 7, Kenedee Salonek 5, Jaida Reiman 14, Ella Shinn 9 ... 3-point shots: Ogdahl 1, E. Lange 1, Schroeder 1, Reiman 1 ... Rebound leader: Shinn 8, Reiman 6 ... Assist leader: Christoffer 4 ... Steal leader: Christoffer 2 ... Block leader: Christoffer 1

NLS — Scoring: Nyla Johnson 3, Avery Rich 20, Ellary Peterson 2, Dakota Rich 17, Delaney Hanson 5, Jaden Coahran 2, Izzy Schmiesing 6 ... 3-point shots: Johnson 1, A. Rich 2, D. Rich 3, Hanson 1 ... Rebound leader: Schmiesing 13 ... Assist leader: A. Rich 5, Johnson 3, Coahran 3 ... Steal leader: Johnson 2, A. Rich 1 ... Block leader: Schmiesing 1

CMCS 65,

Redwood Valley 33

With four players in double figures, Central Minnesota Christian locked up third place at the WildCard Tournament, beating Redwood Valley at New London.

The Bluejays built a 34-10 halftime lead.

Senior Coco Duininck led the way with 17 points along with seven assists and seven steals. Molly Mulder (14), Sienna Duininck (13) and Natasha Erickson (10) also reached double-digit points.

CMCS resumes play on Tuesday at home against Camden Conference rival Minneota.

Redwood Valley (0-10) 10 23 — 33

CMCS (7-4) 34 31 — 65

REDWOOD VALLEY — Stats not available

CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN — Scoring: Sienna Duininck 13, CC Roiseland 2, Emma Roiseland 3, Natasha Erickson 10, Molly Mulder 14, Lauren Taatjes 4, Coco Duininck 17, Avery Duininck 2 ... 3-point shots: S. Duininck 2, C. Duininck 3 ... Rebound leader: M. Mulder 7 ... Assist leader: C. Duininck 7 ... Steal leader: C. Duininck 7, S. Duininck 4 ... Block leader: M. Mulder 3

Marshall tournament

W-WG 53,

D-B 40

Isabel Klumper and Abby Wiggins each had 13 points to lead Westbrook-Walnut Grove past Dawson-Boyd at the Borch's Holiday Tournament in Marshall.

The Chargers led the Blackjacks 14-13 at halftime.

Allison Estling had 13 points and Katherine Dahl added 12 points for Dawson-Boyd.

It was the second-most points Dawson-Boyd has scored in a game this season and their closest outcome. The Blackjacks lost to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 81-46 on Dec. 21. Their previous closest loss was 52-28 to Renville County West on Dec. 7.

Dawson-Boyd (0-7) 13 27 — 40

Westbrook-Walnut Grove (4-4) 14 39 — 53

DAWSON-BOYD — Scoring: Chelsie Husby 5, Katherine Dahl 12, Hayley Anderson 2, Ayiana Hastad 6, Taylen Jorgenson 2, Allison Estling 13 ... 3-point shots: Dahl 3, Estling 1 ... Rebound leader: Hastad 7 ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: Husby 4 ... Block leader: Anderson 1, Jorgenson 1

WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE — Scoring: Addison Jenniges 6, Isabel Klumper 13, Natalie Wahl 2, Riley Parker 2, Kelsey DeSmith 7, Abby Wiggins 13, Ameilia Sikel 7 ... 3-point shots: Jenniges 2, Klumper 1 ... Rebound leader: Wiggins 5 ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

R-T-R 74,

RCW 33

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton stormed out to a 47-21 halftime lead to knock off Renville County West at the Borch's Holiday Tournament in Marshall.

For RCW, Addyson Tanner had 13 points and Rachel Jakel had 10 points and four assists.

RCW (1-7) 21 12 — 33

R-T-R (6-5) 47 27 — 74

RENVILLE COUNTY WEST — Scoring: Addyson Tanner 13, Holly Bratsch 2, Jennifer Bratsch 2, Rachel Jakel 11, Breana Winzenburg 1, Avery Roxberg 4 ... 3-point shots: Tanner 1 ... Rebound leader: Roxberg 7 ... Assist leader: J. Bratsch 4, Jakel 4 ... Steal leader: Tanner 2, J. Bratsch 2 ... Block leader: Roxberg 2

RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON — Stats not available

Minnewaska 60,

Faribault 38

Sydney Dahl had 16 points and nine rebounds to help lead Minnewaska past Faribault at the Borch's Holiday Tournament in Marshall.

Maddie Thorfinnson had 14 points, three steals and two blocks for the Lakers. Olivia Danielson contributed 10 points for Minnewaska.

The Lakers overcame a rough night shooting from 3-point range. Minnewaska made 4 of 24 3-point attempts, 16%.

Minnewaska (5-4) 30 30 — 60

Faribault (0-7) 15 23 — 38

MINNEWASKA — Scoring: Addyson Kath 4, Maddie Thorfinnson 14, Addyson Randt 4, Sydney Dahl 16, Megan Thorfinnson, Olivia Danielson 10 ... 3-point shots: Me. Thorfinson 3, Danielson 1 ... Rebound leader: Dahl 9 ... Assist leader: Kath 2 ... Steal leader: Ma. Thorfinnson 3 ... Block leaders: Ma. Thorfinnson 2, Dahl 2.

FARIBAULT — Stats not available

Windom tournament

Fairmont 80,

KMS 42

Fairmont improved to 8-1 with the victory over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Windom.

KMS is 2-6.

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