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Girls basketball roundup: Strong 2nd half lifts Cards past Tigers

Jan. 9—WILLMAR — A quartet of double-digit scorers put Willmar into the win column on Tuesday.

The Cardinals pulled through with a 74-57 victory over Hutchinson for a non-conference girls basketball game at the Big Red Gym.

Telilie Lange and Lyza Gustafson led Willmar's scoring attack. Lange hit four 3-pointers in a 15-point effort. She also had five steals. Gustafson came off the bench and scored 15 points and had eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

Maddison Molacek and Kenedee Salonek both put up 11 points in the victory. Molacek hauled in nine rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.

With Willmar holding a 38-34 lead at halftime, the defense held the Tigers to 23 second-half points. The defense also had 17 steals and forced Hutchinson into 24 turnovers.

The Cardinals go to Fergus Falls at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Teagan Epema scored 12 points and added six rebounds and four steals in the Thunder Hawks' loss to No. 12 Sauk Centre at Montevideo.

Montevideo plays Morris/Chokio-Alberta at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Morris.

Emma Flanders pumped in 27 points to lead Paynesville past Litchfield at Paynesville.

The Bulldogs built a 36-17 halftime lead. Flanders had 13 points in the first half.

Morgan Falling led Litchfield with 12 points.

The Dragons were hindered by an 8-for-19 effort at the free-throw line.

Litchfield goes to Rockford at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Paynesville goes to Kimball at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Hope Reid's 33-point effort led Community Christian School to a victory over Benson at Willmar.

Gabbie Bollig and Margo Klaassen were in double figures for the Eagles. Bollig had 12 and Klaassen added 10.

Benson got 17 points from Kaylin Grube. Presley Nygaard scored 16 and Kaida Helgenset recorded 15.

The Braves play host to Heron Lake-Okabena at 7 p.m. Monday at Benson. CCS plays host to Fourth Baptist Christian at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Willmar.

Minnewaska bumped its record to 8-4 with a non-conference win over Eden Valley-Watkins at Eden Valley.

The Eagles drop to 3-10.

The Lakers go to Melrose at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.