Hot Shooting Tigers Earn Coach Torgerson Win No. 500 12 Jan 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 77, West Central Area 70
BARRETT – Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta shot 76 percent in the first half including 9-13 from three-point range and held on late for a 77-70 win over West Central Area to earn head coach Mark Torgerson his 500th career coaching victory.
The Tigers came into the game having shot just 21 percent from beyond the arc on the season, but on Thursday night they turned a weakness into a strength as they built up a 21-point lead, taking a 48-31 lead into halftime.
The Knights made a late push to cut the deficit to five, but the Tigers hit key free throws down the stretch to earn their third straight win, improving to 5-7.
Jaret Johnson led all scorers with 21 points, Tate Nelson had 19 with seven assists, Connor Koebernick was 4-4 on threes to finish with 16 points, and Camden Arndt added 12.
The Tigers finished the game 10-16 on threes and 64 percent from the floor, out-shooting the Knights who hit nine threes and shot 45 percent.
Logan Paulson and Brady Sabolik each had 14 points for the Knights, Logan Nadgwick added 10 as the Knight fall to 5-5.

Hancock 82, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 44
WHEATON – Hancock shot 12-24 from three-point range while holding Wheaton/Herman-Norcross to just 34 percent from the field in a 82-44 rout of the Warriors.
Noah Kannegiesser and Bennett Nienhaus each hit five threes with Kanegiesser finishing with 30 points, Nienhaus had 21 with seven steals, Peyton Rohloff scored 11 and Cole Reese tallied nine assists for the Owls who shot 61 percent from the floor and improve to 8-1.
Matt Thielen scored 12 for the Warriors, Nelson Schmidt added nine as they fall to 2-8.

Brandon-Evansville 62, Underwood 51
UNDERWOOD – Brandon-Evansville held Underwood to just 17 first-half points and hung on for a 62-51 win.
The Chargers hit 24-27 free throws and got 15 points and eight rebounds from James Strese. Taylor Bitzan and Jake Hintermiester each scored 11 points and the Chargers improve to 6-4.

Ortonville 74, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 42
Melrose 61, Holdingford 47
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 62, Benson 32
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 85, Montevideo 44
Sauk Centre 67, Osakis 63
Parkers Prairie 65, Ashby 48
Hillcrest Lutheran 53, Battle Lake 38

West Central Area 54, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 47
BARRETT – West Central Area used a 15-0 run early in the first half to defeat the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 54-47.
The Knights forced ten first half turnovers to build up a 16-point first half lead, holding the Tigers to just 27 percent shooting. The Tiger turned the table in the second half, holding the Knights to just six field goals and cut the deficit to two, but the Knights answered with timely buckets to earn the win.
Ella Van Kempen finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals, Briana Kreft had 10 points with nine rebounds and Morgan Woodle added 10 off the bench as the Knight improve to 10-3.
Malory Anderson led all scorers with 24 points, ten rebounds and four steals, Maddie Carrington added 14 points and the Tigers fall to 7-5.

Parkers Prairie 59, Brandon-Evansville 27
PARKERS PRAIRIE – Megan Dreger led three Parkers Prairie players in double-figures scoring with 17 points, and the Panthers earned a 59-27 win over Brandon-Evansville on Thursday.
Faith Alberts had 15 points, Veronica Schwartz added 13 for the Panthers who are 9-1. Sara Jacobson had nine while McKenna Pattrin and Haddey Zastrow each added five for the Chargers who fall to 6-6.

BOLD 79, Canby 53

Breckenridge/Wahpeton 7, Morris/Benson Area 3
BENSON – Morris/Benson Area fell behind early and could never quite catch Breckenridge/Wahpeton on Thursday, falling to the Blades 7-3 in Benson.
The Blades scored twice in the first period and the teams went back-and-forth in the second with the Storm getting goals from Matt Tolifson and Zach Bruns. A Hunter Rittenhauer hat trick for the Blades kept the Storm fighting from behind all night.
Isaac Wohlers had four points for the Blades with two goals and two assists, Thomas Withuski added three assists and the Blades are 7-5.
Bruns scored twice for the Storm who fall to 3-7-1.

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 4, Prairie Centre Area 3
St. Cloud 6, River Lakes 0
Fergus Falls 4, Sauk Rapids-Rice 1
St. Cloud Cathedral 6, Little Falls 1
Sartell-St. Stephen 5, Hutchinson 2
Alexandria 8, Willmar 0

Alexandria 2, Willmar 1
Prairie Centre 6, Detroit Lakes 3

BOLD 38, Benson 36
Ortonville 40, Webster Area 37

BBE 40, Redwood Valley 33
BBE 51, Minnewaska 21
BBE 32, ACGC 30.