Girls basketball roundup: YME beats LQPV to move on in Section 3A

Feb. 22—GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine East kicked off the Section 3A-North girls basketball playoffs with a victory Thursday night.

The eighth-seeded Sting beat ninth-seeded Lac qui Parle Valley 45-37 at Espeland Gymnasium.

Alana Almich, Bayli Sneller and Bailey Mortenson all scored in double figures for YME. Almich, a sophomore forward, hit three 3-pointers en route to a team-high 14 points. Sneller, a sophomore guard, had 12 points. Mortenson, an eighth-grade forward, added 10 points in the victory.

Junior Jalyn Lee scored a game-high 15 points for the Eagles.

The Sting face top-seeded Minneota in the sub-section quarterfinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Montevideo.

Anaistasia Smith, a 5-foot-9 junior center, scored 29 points to lead Wabasso to the playoff victory over Renville County West at Wabasso.

The seventh-seeded Rabbits play North No. 2 Central Minnesota Christian at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Montevideo.

For 10th-seeded RCW, senior forward Emily Lippert had 26 points, including three 3-pointers. She also had eight rebounds and four steals.

New London-Spicer closed out the Wright County Conference West Division with a 14-0 record by beating the Rockets at Rockford.

Fourteen players scored for the Wildcats, led by Dakota Rich, who had 18 points to go with five assists, four rebounds and a blocked shot. Ava Carlson added 14 points for NLS.

Mae Weiss had nine points to lead Rockford.

Top-seeded NLS plays No. 8 Montevideo in Section 3AA-North quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Saturday in New London.

Kylee Dingwall, a 5-foot-8 senior guard/forward, had 24 points to lead Brandon-Evansville to the victory at Benson.

The Chargers also got 12 points from junior forward Ava Santjer and 10 points from Drea Fernholz, an eighth-grader.

Elle Kletscher led Benson with 13 points.

Benson begins Section 6A-South play Tuesday. Pairings have yet to be announced.