Girls basketball roundup: Melrose Dutchmen move on up over Montevideo Thunder Hawks

Jan. 4—MONTEVIDEO — Both Montevideo and Melrose are hoping to climb up the West Central Conference girls basketball standings.

On Thursday night, the Dutchmen were able to climb out of a first-half hole to get the victory.

Trailing 20-14 at halftime, Melrose outscored the Thunder Hawks 31-18 to come away with a 45-38 victory.

The win puts the Dutchmen at 3-7. Montevideo drops to 2-8.

Ria Nelson was Melrose's top scorer with 12 points, followed by 10 from Shantel Gruber. Avery Braegelmann and Brooke Welle each chipped in with nine points.

Coming off the bench, junior forward Hallie Helgeson led Montevideo with 11 points and seven rebounds. Two days after becoming the school's all-time leader in career assists, junior Teagan Epema added nine points, five steals and three assists. Taya Weber and Brooke Lindeman each put up eight points in the loss.

Melrose's defense held Montevideo to 24.1% shooting from the field (14 of 58).

The Thunder Hawks play host to Lac qui Parle Valley at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Montevideo.

Willmar held off Rocori with a balanced scoring attack to beat the Spartans at Cold Spring.

Telilie Lange and Kenedee Salonek each had 14 points for the Cardinals. Maddison Molacek had 10 rebounds and eight rebounds. Lange added three steals and Salonek registered two assists. Brielle Ogdahl had six points and eight rebounds for Willmar.

The Cardinals play host to Detroit Lakes at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Willmar.

Sophomore guard Acelynn Hacker had 18 points and seven assists and junior guard Emily Wagner added 15 points as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg secured the victory over Lakeview at Cottonwood.

Sophia Oerter, a 5-foot-9 senior forward, had 10 points, 13 rebounds and three assists for the Fighting Saints.

KMS plays Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Sienna Duininck had 19 points and four assists and Carrie Mulder contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds in Central Minnesota Christian's victory over Renville County West at Renville.

Mulder also had five steals, as did Emmi Braem for the Bluejays, who led 37-12 at halftime.

Holly Hinderks had 11 points to lead RCW.

CMCS plays Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hector. RCW takes on Dawson-Boyd at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Dawson.

Sophomore guard/forward Brielle Janssen had 40 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists, seven steals and three blocked shots in MACCRAY's victory over Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

Janssen's 40 points are a single-game school record. She previously held the record of 33 set last year. She has now tied the overall school record for boys or girls with 40. The boys' record is helped by Shaun Condon, who is now the head girls basketball coach for MACCRAY.

Emma Thein added 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the Wolverines.

Bayli Sneller had 21 points and Alana Almich scored 14 for the Sting.

MACCRAY plays host to Canby at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Clara City. YME travels to Ortonville at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Hailey Gernetz scored 20 points and Kyli Carter added 11 to lead Tracy-Milroy-Balaton to the victory at Tracy.

Ayiana Hastad had 14 points and seven rebounds and Allison Estling added 12 points for the Blackjacks, who led 20-15 at halftime.

Dawson-Boyd plays host to Renville County West at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Dawson.

Lac qui Parle Valley fell to 1-6 in Camden Conference play after losing to host Canby.

The Eagles drop to 1-9 while the Lancers move to 4-6.

LQPV goes to Montevideo at 7:15 p.m. Friday.