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Thursday sports roundup: WHS girls basketball wins big over Luverne; area wrestling teams compete in sections

Feb. 16—Girls Basketball

Worthington 65, Luverne 44

LUVERNE — The Worthington High School girls basketball team earned a nice road victory over Big South Conference rival Luverne Thursday night.

The Trojans (6-17, 4-6 conference) even the season series between the two schools with Luverne having won a hard-fought matchup 60-51 Jan. 9 in Worthington.

In Thursday's matchup, the Trojans impressed from the start, building a 20-plus point lead by halftime before walking away a 19-point winner.

Madison Beckmann led the way for Worthington, scoring 22 points and connecting on five 3-pointers and New Gora added 15 points.

Up next for the Trojans is the Big South Conference showcase Saturday at Blue Earth Area High School. They'll face Waseca, who is 6-18 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

Jackson County Central 74, St. Clair 63

ST. CLAIR — The JCC girls basketball team got a come-from-behind victory over St. Clair Thursday night on the road.

Despite trailing by 12 at the half and St. Clair making 16 3-pointers, the Huskies (15-8) still managed to get the win thanks to a strong second-half performance.

Rylie Cother had a big game for JCC both offensively and defensively, scoring a whopping 45 points to go along with 15 rebounds and 11 steals. Kylee Wenzel added 10 points and 17 rebounds and Brylee Anderson had nine points, five rebounds and five steals.

The Huskies have two more games in the regular season and will also be in Blue Earth for the Big South showcase Saturday. They will face off against St. James.

Southwest Minnesota Christian 54, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 52

EDGERTON — In a big Red Rock Conference game between the conference's top two teams, the Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles narrowly got the best of Westbrook-Walnut Grove.

The game saw the Eagles overcome an eight-point halftime deficit to win, but the game was mostly close throughout.

It featured nine lead changes and it was tied at 52 with less than 20 seconds left. A bucket by SWC put them up two points and a Chargers last-second 3-point attempt missed and the Eagles clinched the second win over W-WG this season. For the Chargers, the loss snaps a nine-game winning streak.

Ana Veldkamp led the Eagles in scoring with 18 points while Jocelyn Barron achieved a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Madyson Fey added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Up next for the Eagles (22-2, 17-0 conference) is another conference matchup against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Monday at home. The Chargers (21-4, 14-3) will host Edgerton on Monday.

Adrian/Ellsworth 75, Red Rock Central 24

ADRIAN — The Adrian/Ellsworth girls basketball team bounced back after a two-game losing streak to defeat Red Rock Central in dominant fashion Thursday night.

The Dragons improved to a 13-11 overall record and a 9-8 record against Red Rock Conference opponents. It was also their second win over the Falcons this season after an 80-31 win on Dec. 5.

Up next for A/E is its regular-season finale Monday night at Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey before section playoffs begin.

Martin Luther/GHEC/Truman 75, Windom 63

WINDOM — The Windom Area High School girls basketball team saw its three-game win streak snapped Thursday night at home against Martin Luther/GHEC/Truman.

The Eagles are now 18-6 overall and remain 8-3 against opponents out of the Big South Conference with only a couple of games remaining in the regular season.

The next game will be in Blue Earth for the Big South showcase where Windom will match up with St. Peter.

Edgerton 50, Murray County Central 28

EDGERTON — Edgerton's girls basketball team won big over Murray County Central Thursday night and defeated the Rebels for the second time this season.

The first win for the Flying Dutchmen was a dominant 61-33 win Dec. 5 in Slayton. On Thursday, Edgerton's win is a bounce back after a loss to Hills-Beaver Creek and is its seventh win in the last eight games.

Up next for Edgerton (16-7, 14-3) is a road game at Pipestone Friday night for the first of the team's final two regular-season games. MCC (8-17, 5-12) is now on a seven-game losing streak and the Rebels will be at Red Rock Central for their regular-season finale.

Boys Hockey

Luverne 6, La Crescent-Hokah 2

AUSTIN — The Luverne Cardinals boys hockey team was victorious in its regular-season finale with a four-goal road win over La Crescent-Hokah Thursday.

The Cardinals scored three goals in the opening period for a 3-0 lead, took a 4-1 lead after the second period and from there firmly put the game away with a couple more goals in the third period.

Scoring for Luverne were Patrick Kroski for a hat-trick along with two goals from Owen Sudegna and another from Elliot Domagala. Luverne also won the battle in shots on goal 42-34.

Up next for the Cardinals (23-2, 16-0 conference) is the Section 3A tournament, which is set to begin Feb. 20 with first-round games at high seeds.

Wrestling

Team Section 3AA

Windom-Mountain Lake 51, Worthington 13

The Section 3AA team wrestling tournament began Thursday with first-round matches and the Worthington Trojans fell to Windom-Mountain Lake 51-13.

W-ML won the first seven matches of the dual, five of which came by forfeit and the other two came by decision. The first was Dagen Hansen over Miguel Moreno at 127 pounds and the second was Kameron Koerner over Alex Galvez at 133.

Worthington had two wins after that and one was by an 8-2 decision by Jason Tran over Waylon Winters. Another win in that stretch came by forfeit. After two more wins by W-ML, senior Eh Day Htoo won by a 9-0 major decision at 215 pounds.

Windom-Mountain Lake also had a win by fall in the dual with a John Bergman pin of Levi Hennings at 189 pounds.

Team Section 3A

Jackson County Central 70, Redwood Valley 3

The JCC Huskies wrestlers dominated their quarterfinal wrestling dual against Redwood Valley in the Section 3A team quarterfinals.

Out of the 13 matches, 11 of them were won by fall for the Huskies. The first was from Kyler Thier at 107 pounds and after a Ever Munoz 17-5 major decision, JCC got seven-straight victories by fall.

Those wins came from Kayden Eller (121), Isaac Rodriguez (127), Ben Dahlin (133), Ulises Bouakham (139), Nolan Ambrose (145), Braeden Tufvesson (152) and Seth Stai (160).

Redwood Valley's one win came next at 172 pounds with Lucas Fuhr over Carson Kolander in a 12-5 decision.

The final three matches were all won by fall to close things out for JCC by Ryan Haley (189), Braydan Winter (215) and Braeden Erickson (285).

The Huskies, ranked fourth in Class A by The Guillotine, are into the semifinals of the section team tournament, where they'll face Fulda-Murray County Central next.

Adrian/Ellsworth 45, St. James 22

After receiving a bye into the quarterfinals, the Adrian/Ellsworth faced off against St. James, and were victorious 45-22.

Adrian lost the first two matches to St. James at 107 and 114 pounds, one of which came by forfeit and the other by fall.

After that, the Dragons responded with three-straight pins, by Moe Erdman (121), Travis Weiss (127) and Charger Erlandson (133). Following a decision by St. James at 139, Jesse Bullerman got a 16-0 technical fall at 145 for A/E.

St. James got a major decision at 152 before Adrian won three more matches consecutively. The first came from Bruce Farinella at 160 by fall, the second from Rilee Heidebrink at 172 by 9-0 major decision and the final one was from Reese Morrison at 189 by fall. After a decision from St. James, Jaren Winselman closed out the dual for Adrian with a pin.

A/E is into the semifinals of the team tournament, where it'll face Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove.