Girls basketball roundup: NLS cruises past Dassel-Cokato Chargers, 80-40

Feb. 16—COKATO — The New London-Spicer girls basketball team set up a big game Tuesday by beating Dassel-Cokato 80-40 on Friday.

NLS can win the Wright County Conference West Division out-right by winning at Watertown-Mayer. The Royals are currently in second place. Game time is 7 p.m. in Watertown.

"That (a win) would be awesome," NLS head coach Mike Dreier said. "That would mean we would have the conference to ourselves, too. If they beat us, it's likely a conference tie.

"It's a game for the conference championship."

The Wildcats (22-2) got big games Friday from Ava Carlson, Ayla Caskey and Delaney Hanson. Carlson had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

"She has played big-time all year," Dreier said.

Caskey had 16 points and seven assists.

"She's struggled lately," Dreier said, pointing out she had two points total in her last two games. Friday, she sank a team-best five 3-pointers.

Hanson added 14 points, four assists and two steals.

Ella Johnson had 12 points and Aubrey Quern added 10 for the Chargers.

The thoughts now turn to Watertown-Mayer.

"We're going to have to play good defense without a doubt," Dreier said.

After Tuesday, NLS is the top seed in Section 3AA-North. The Wildcats open postseason play at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 against No. 8 Montevideo.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa had 28 steals in its victory at Maple Lake.

Anna Jaeger led the way with six steals. Macey Roering and Grace Jackson each had five.

Brooklyn Fischer had 18 points, Kacey Fischer had 14 and Faith Radermacher added 12 for the Jaguars.

BBE has a non-conference game against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Kerkhoven.