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Girls basketball roundup: Willmar Cardinals start the week well

Jan. 15—WILLMAR — The Willmar girls basketball team beat the first of two Tigers on the docket this week.

Led by a strong two-way effort from sophomore guard Telilie Lange, the Cardinals picked up a 56-44 non-conference win Monday over Morris/Chokio-Alberta at the Big Red Gym.

Willmar has back-to-back games against Tigers. The Cardinals have a quick turnaround, playing at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall, the fifth-ranked team in Class AAA.

Lange shot 6 of 11 from the field, good for 54.5%, to score a Willmar-best 13 points. She also came up with six of the team's 11 steals. Lange added four assists.

Brielle Ogdahl added nine points, three assists and a pair of blocks.

Isley Ripperger and Lyza Gustafson made an impact off the bench. Ripperger, a 5-foot-5 freshman guard, had a team-high seven rebounds to go with eight points. Gustafson added five points, three boards and a pair of assists.

Willmar ended the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 32-20 lead into the break.

The Cardinals are now 8-8 on the season.

Lainey Braulick, Rylee Boen and Kenzie Visser had big games for BOLD in its victory over Cedar Mountain at Olivia.

Braulick had 27 points, five rebounds, three assists and seven steals. Boen scored 12 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers. Visser had seven points, 19 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Aubrey Steffl had 17 points and Brooklyn Diehn 15 for Cedar Mountain.

BOLD plays West Central Area at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Barrett.

Elle Kletscher hit six 3-pointers in a 23-point effort as Benson cruised to a non-conference win against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda at Benson.

Eighteen of Kletscher's points came in the first half.

Kaida Helgenset (13), Presley Nygaard (11), Norah Hilleren (10) and Kaylin Grube (10) also scored in double figures for the Braves.

Hailey VandenBosch led the Coyotes with nine points.

Benson is host to Yellow Medicine East at 7 p.m. Thursday.