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Boys basketball roundup: KMS Fighting Saints get a big lift from sophomore

Jan. 7—MINNEAPOLIS — Before facing off against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at the Target Center, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg sophomore Teagen Diederich did not think the bright lights would get to him.

And for Diederich, who said it would be "cool to just score some points," when the spotlight came on he did not shy away and he sure did score some points.

The 5-foot-10 sophomore guard notched 26 points to help the Fighting Saints' boys basketball team to a 57-42 victory over ACGC on Saturday. Diederich made eight three-pointers, six of which came in the second half, in his strong outing as KMS improves to 6-4. The Falcons are 5-5.

As Diederich led the Fighting Saints in the final 18 minutes, DeAndre Holloway was a big reason KMS led ACGC 26-20 at the break. The 6-7 senior forward scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half.

Also in the double figures for the Fighting Saints was 6-1 senior guard Jared Cortez. He recorded 11 points, nine of which came in the second half.

"It's just a cool experience for all of us," Cortez said. "Some of us aren't used to getting out of the area and getting to play in these big environments."

ACGC had two scorers reach double figures. Kyler Pickle, a 6-1 senior guard, had 13 points and Jonas Morrison, a 6-3 senior forward, notched 12.

"It's a good experience and environment to be in," Pickle said. "It's just really cool. It's not something a lot of people get to do."

Morrison added, "it means so much more that we get to play on our home state's professional basketball team's court."

And now that the Fighting Saints have a grasp of what winning is like at the Target Center, they hope to return in March for the Class AA state tournament.

"Our goal is to get back here later in March and get to make a run at something," Cortez said.

ACGC next goes to Paynesville at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. KMS plays host to Ortonville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kerkhoven.

ACGC (5-5) 20 22 — 42

KMS (6-4) 26 31 — 57

ACGC — Scoring: Kyler Pickle 13, Jonas Morrison 12, Jaxon Drange-Leyendecker 7, Prestan Lilleberg 4, Marcus Forsythe 4, Tucker Johnson 2 ... 3-point shots: Drange-Leyendecker 1 ... Rebound leader: n.a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

KMS — Scoring: Teagen Diederich 26, DeAndre Holloway 17, Jared Cortez 11, Carter Auspos 3 ... 3-point shots: Diederich 8, Holloway 1, Cortez 2, Auspos 1 ... Rebound leader: n/a ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leader: n/a ... Block leader: n/a

Detroit Lakes improved its record to 9-1 with the victory at the Big Red Gym in Willmar.

Devon Berg had 20 points and four assists, Barndton Marsh added 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals and Mason Carrier scored 16 points for Detroit Lakes. Caden Strand had 15 points and three steals for the Lakers.

Avery Christensen scored 18 points for the Cardinals.

Willmar plays St. Cloud Tech at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at St. Cloud.

Detroit Lakes (9-1) 38 43 — 81

Willmar (1-10) 26 19 — 45

DETROIT LAKES — Scoring: Dawson Vonruden 4, Cameroon Moss 2, Tyler Bye 6, Devon Berg 20, Caden Strand 15, Mason Carrier 16, Barndton Marsh 18 ... 3-point shots: Bye 2, Berg 4, Strang 1, Carrier 2 ... Rebound leaders: Bye 6, Carrier 6, Marsh 9 ... Assist leader: Berg 4 ... Steal leaders: Strand 3, Marsh 3 ... Block leader: Carrier 1

WILLMAR — Scoring: Blake Reiman 3, Jackson Schnichels 5, Jordan Ellingson 1, Avery Christenson 18, Will Sportel 8, Cooper Schnichels 2, Warsame Gaal 2, Brady Murphy 1, Tucker Swanson 3, Jackson Carlson 2 ... 3-point shots: Reiman 1, J. Schnichels 1, Christenson 4, Sportel 2, Swanson 1 ... Rebound leaders: J. Schnichels 4, Sportel 4 ... Assist leader: J. Schnichels 3 ... Steal leaders: Ellingson 2, Matthew Mohr 2, Carlson 2 ... Block leader: Christenson 1, Sportel 1

Sophomore guard Gunner Leibl had 23 points and nine rebounds, junior guard Brayson Boike added 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists and junior forward Drew Hjeleland added 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists in Dawson-Boyd's victory over Southwest Minnesota Christian of Edgerton at Dawson.

Adian Schapp had 12 points and 10 rebounds Trevin Prins added 12 points for the Eagles.

Dawson-Boyd goes to Prinsburg to play Central Minnesota Christian School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

SMC (5-3) 31 25 — 56

D-B (12-0) 39 28 — 67

SMC — Scoring: Caden Sas 2, Grant Busker 7, Gavin Rieck 5, Cameron Fenske 9, Aidan Schaap 15, Trevin Prins 12, Van Joshua Dam 6 ... 3-point shots: Busker 1, Riecke 1, Prins 2 ... Rebound leaders: Schaap 10, Busker 7, Rieck 6 ... Assist leader: n/a ... Steal leaders: Busker 2, Riecke 2, Schaap 2 ... Block leader: none

D-B — Scoring: Gunner Liebl 23, Carson Stratmoen 3, Nathan Hansen 3, Brayson Boike 21, Drew Hjelmeland 15, Gunnar Olson 2 ... 3-point shots: Liebl 1, Stratmoen 1, Hansen 1, Boike 2 ... Rebound leaders: Liebl 9, Stratmoen 8, Boike 8, Hjelmeland 8 ... Assist leaders: Boike 3, Hjelmeland 3 ... Steal leader: Six players with 1 ... Block leader: Boike 2

Ethan Miller scored 15 points, Hunter Streit had 14 points and Preston Olm added 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals as Zumbrota-Mazeppa cruised to the win at Zumbrota.

Tucker Liestman had 12 points and Jack McCann added 10 with two assists for the Dragons.

The Dragons play host to Eden Valley-Watkins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Litchfield.

Litchfield (2-7) 21 29 — 50

Zumbrota-Mazeppa (8-3) 49 31 — 80

LITCHFIELD — Scoring: Jack McCann 10, Garrison Jackman 4, Tucker Liestman 12, Matthias Bruning 5, Jacob Elwell 2, Joshua Blomberg 4, Eli Lofton 9, Noah Dietel 4 ... 3-point shots: Liestman 4, Lofton 3 ... Rebound leader: Dietel 4 ... Assist leader: McCann 2 ... Steal leader: Durant Lara 4 ... Block leader: Dietel 1

ZUMBROTA-MAZEPPA — Scoring: Oliver Liffrig 12, Taite Raasch 2, Carter Christofferson 9, Ben Grunhus 2, Aaron Miller 2, Hunter Streit 14, Preston Olm 12, Ethan Miller 15, Dane Damson 4, James Eickhoff 4, Connor Forgarty 2, Jack Boraas 2 ... 3-point shots: Christofferson 1, Streit 2, Olm 1, Miller 5 ... Rebound leader: Olm 6 ... Assist leaders: Olm 2, Bakster Arendt 2 ... Steal leaders: Olm 2, Arendt 2 ... Block leader: Damson 1

Pipestone took advantage of Minnewaska's cold shooting (18 of 64 for 28%) to beatq Minnewaska at Pipestone.

"We played a great first half defensively to hold a talented team like Pipestone to 28 points," Minnewaska head coach Zachary Traphagen said. "I am proud of our fight that we showed today."

Minnewaska plays host to Melrose at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Glenwood.

Minnewaska (0-10) 21 28 — 49

Pipestone (7-3) 28 40 — 68

MINNEWASKA — Scoring: Marc Gruber 16, Ryland Martin 5, Dylan Alexander 6, Tenzin Dahl 7, Ian Mills 3, Connor Frey 12 ... 3-point shots: Gruber 2, Mills 1, Frey 2... Rebound leaders: Dahl 7, Alexander 6, Gruber 5 ... Assist leaders: Gruber 2, Frey 2, OIwen Meulebroeck 2 ... Steal leaders: Seven players with 1 ... Block leader: Zachary Palmer 1

PIPESTONE — Stats not available