Girls basketball roundup: Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks start strong to knock off Benson Braves

Feb. 9—BENSON — The Dawson-Boyd girls basketball team built a double-figure halftime lead and never looked back as it defeated Benson on Friday evening.

Dawson-Boyd (10-11), led 33-23 at the break before earning a 74-40 non-conference win. The Braves are 6-14.

The Blackjacks' Ayiana Hastad neared a triple-double. The senior guard had 13 points on 6 of 13 field goals (46%), adding 12 rebounds and eight steals.

Allison Estling paced Dawson-Boyd with 22 points, shooting 9 of 26 from the field and 5 of 13 on threes. The senior guard contributed five rebounds and five steals.

Claire Stratmoen, an eighth-grade guard, had 15 points and shot 50% from the field (6 of 12) for the Blackjacks.

For Benson, there were three scorers in double figures. Norah Hilleren, a junior guard, recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Kaida Helgenset had 11 points and seven rebounds and senior guard Prelsey Nygaard scored 10.

Benson plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Madison. Dawson-Boyd plays Community Christian School at 7:15 p.m. Monday in Willmar.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's Anna Jaeger hit five 3-pointers in a 21-point effort as the Jaguars got a non-conference win against Osakis at Belgrade.

Brooklyn Fischer had a double-double for BBE with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

BBE plays host to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Belgrade.

Junior Kate Van Erp scored 21 points, making 15 of 22 free-throw attempts, to lead Rocori to the victory at Willmar's Big Red Gym.

Jessica Boos added 19 points for the Spartans and Lily Humbert scored 10.

For Willmar, Maddison Molacek and Kenedee Salonek each had 11 points. Molacek also had 12 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots for the Cardinals.

Willmar goes to Sartell at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Ava Carlson had 22 points and Delaney Hanson added 10 as New London-Spicer earned the victory at Annandale.

Carlson also had eight rebounds, as did Piper Barney. Dakota Rich contributed five steals and three assists.

NLS struggled from 3-point range, making 12% of its shots. Avery Gagnon led Annandale with 12 points.

NLS plays host to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at New London.

Freshman guard Brooke Mickolichek had 25 points and senior guard Audrey Petersen added 21 in Glencoe-Silver Lake's victory at Litchfield.

Morgan Falling scored 15 points for the Dragons, who trailed 32-29 at halftime.

Litchfield goes to Annandale at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Kenzie Visser neared a triple-double in BOLD's victory over Montevideo at Olivia.

Visser, a senior post, led the Warriors in points (18), rebounds (10) and blocks (7).

BOLD also got 13 points from Lainey Braulick and six points from Lilly Henriksen. The two guards tied each other for a team-best four steals.

For Montevideo, Teagan Epema had 10 points and Megan Koosmann had six.

BOLD plays host to Central Minnesota Christian School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Olivia. Montevideo plays MACCRAY at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Clara City.

Minnewaska improves to 8-2 in the West Central Conference and 16-7 overall following a home win over Morris/Chokio-Alberta in Glenwood.

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