Girls basketball roundup: Minnewaska Lakers fight off West Central Area Knights for win

Jan. 5—GLENWOOD — Thanks to a strong scoring night from Megan Thorfinnson, Minnewaska maintained its spot near the top of the West Central Conference.

The Lakers got the girls basketball win over West Central Area on Friday night, 53-47.

The victory puts Minnewaska at 4-1 in the West Central (7-4 overall). West Central Area is 2-2 in the conference (9-4 overall).

The only team ahead of the Lakers in the West Central standings are Sauk Centre at 4-0.

Throrfinnson paced the Lakers with 19 points. Sydney Dahl added 12 points and Alia Randt chipped in with eight.

Minnewaska plays Eden Valley-Watkins at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Eden Valley.

Jenna Riley, a 5-foot-8 freshman forward, led Sauk Centre with 11 points in the Mainstreeters' victory at Sauk Centre.

Kenzie Visser led BOLD with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. Layla Pfarr added 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Warriors.

BOLD plays Mayer Lutheran in the Breakdown Southern Minny Hoops Fest at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hayfield.

Ava Carlson had 20 points and seven rebounds, Delaney Hanson added 16 points, six rebounds, eight assists and six teals, and Ayla Caskey added 13 points, four steals and four assists in New London-Spicer's victory at Rockford.

Dakota Rich had eight points, five steals and four points for the Wildcats, but re-injured her shoulder, NLS assistant coach Joey Dreier said. Her status is day-to-day.

Sofia Westgaard led Rockford with 11 points.

NLS led 33-3 at one point in the first half and was up 50-15 at halftime.

NLS plays host to Glencoe-Silver Lake at 7:15 p.m. Friday at New London.

Led by Addison Pilarski's 12 points, four Holdingford players scored in double figures in a Central Minnesota Conference win against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City.

The Falcons' Ruby Klinger finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

ACGC next plays Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa out-scored Eden Valley-Watkins 48-28 in the opening half en route to a Central Minnesota Conference win at Eden Valley.

Brooklyn Fischer paced the Jaguars with 16 points, followed by 15 from Kacey Fischer. Anna Jaeger tallied 13 points in the victory.

BBE next hosts Litchfield at 7 p.m. Monday at Belgrade.

Royalton moved back over .500 with a 6-5 record after besting Paynesville at Royalton.

The loss drops the Bulldogs to 4-7. Paynesville (4-7) plays host to Litchfield at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Paynesville.

Non-conferenceBreckenridge 98,Benson 51Breckenridge hit 17 3-pointers as a team in a non-conference victory at Benson.

Parker Yaggie paced the Cowgirls with 26 points. Five Breckenridge players scored in double figures.

Kaida Helgenset led the Braves with 11 points.

Benson goes to Willmar to play Community Christian School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

With 8.8 seconds left, Lily Eisenlohr hit a free-throw to put Montevideo ahead for good in a win over Lac qui Parle Valley at Montevideo.

Taya Weber shot 4 of 12 from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points for Montevideo.

The Thunder Hawks play host to Sauk Centre at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Montevideo. LQPV plays host to Lakeview at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Madison.

Sixth-ranked (Class A) Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart held a 43-24 lead at halftime and never looked back in a win against Central Minnesota Christian at Hector.

Sienna Duininck led the Bluejays in points (15), Rebounds (12) and assists (three) and tied for the lead in steals (two).

CMCS plays host to Minneota at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Prinsburg.