Tiger Girls Pull Away From Osakis, Knight Boys Escape In Overtime 05 Feb 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 53, Osakis 39
MORRIS – Malory Anderson narrowly missed recording her second 20-20 game of the season when she finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta past Osakis 53-39 on Monday.
Anderson was 10-17 from the floor with 11 of her rebounds on the offensive end. Riley Decker had 12 points with five rebounds and Liz Dietz added nine points.
The Tigers led by four at halftime and pulled away in the second half improving to 13-8.

MACCRAY 33, Hancock 29
CIARA CITY – MACCRAY shutdown Hancock’s offense in the second half, overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Owls 33-29.
Leading 20-12 at the break, Hancock was held to just nine points in the second half, and the Wolverines were able to hold on for the close win. Both teams struggled from the outside, shooting a combined 3-22 on three-pointers.
Ashlyn Mattson had 10 points and four steals, Tess Steiner had nine points with nine rebounds as the Owls fall to 10-7.
Sydney Schwitters led the Wolverines with 10 points as they improve to 12-10.

Underwood 71, Brandon-Evansville 50
UNDERWOOD – Underwood forced 21 turnovers and defeated Brandon-Evansville 71-50 on Monday.
The Chargers shot 50 percent from the field, but the turnovers were too much to overcome. Sara Jacobson had 11 points while Haddey Zastrow added six points with five rebounds and four assists, Madalyn Otto chipped in with seven points as the Chargers fall to 9-11.
Sydney Hoveland led the Rockets with 22 points, Corina Mack had 17 and Kayla Rocholl added 13. Underwood is now 15-5.

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 59, Hillcrest Lutheran 25
WHEATON – Wheaton/Herman-Norcross dominated in every facet of the game on their way to a 59-25 victory over Hillcrest Lutheran.
The Warriors used strong defense and solid shooting to build a 41-8 halftime lead, and never allowed the Comets to get anywhere near them in the second half.
The Warriors shot 42 percent while the Comets hit just 29 percent and turned the ball over 28 times.
Olivia Foss had eight points, Anna Rasmussen added six as the Comets fall to 1-17. Emma Schmidt had 13 points, six assists and nine steals, Maycee Tolifson and Haley Johnson each added 10 for the Warriors who are now 16-4. 

Sauk Centre 71, Minnewaska Area 41
Eden Valley-Watkins 53, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 21
Yellow Medicine East 91, Benson 54

BOYS BASKETBALL
Melrose 75, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 59
MELROSE – Same story, different game as Melrose once again pulled away in the second half for a 75-59 win over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Monday night in Melrose.
The Tigers trailed 35-34 at halftime, but couldn’t maintain in the second half, something Tiger fans have seen play out multiple times over the past three years. The Tigers shot 48 percent from the field but couldn’t slow down the Dutchmen in the, allowing 40 second half points. The Tigers only allow 54 per game this season.
Jackson Loge had a big game with 21 points on 10-12 shooting to go with 8 rebounds, Jaret Johnson scored 15 and Camden Arndt chipped in with 14 as the Tigers fall to 9-10. 

West Central Area 67, Underwood 63 / OT
BARRETT – West Central Area escaped with a 67-63 overtime win against Underwood on Monday.
The Knights struggles from the field all night, shooting just 35 percent, and went just 20-36 from the free throw line while the Rockets shot 49 percent.
The Knights did outrebound the Rockets 44-34, and got clutch baskets down the stretch from Logan Paulson and Logan Nadgwick to force overtime.
Paulson finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, Nadgwick had 13 points, and Ross Anderson finished with five points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Brodey Rocholl finished with 27 points to the lead the Rockets who fall to 7-10. The Knights have won three straight and are 12-7.

Brandon-Evansville 63, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 54
BRANDON – Brandon-Evansville dominated the first half and were able to hold off Wheaton/Herman-Norcross for a 63-54 win on Monday.
The Chargers took a 45-19 lead into halftime, before the Warriors started to chip away in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Darrin Wibstad had a big night with 24 points and six rebounds, Taylor Bitzan added 16 points with seven rebounds and four assists for the Chargers who are winners of four straight and 11-6.
Zach Stueve led the Warriors with 19 points, Matt Thielen added 17 for the Warriors who fall to 2-13. 

Minnewaska Area 60, Sauk Centre 55
Yellow Medicine East 48, Benson 44
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 74, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 67
Ortonville 72, Renville County West 49
Battle Lake 53, New York Mills 38
NCE/U-H 53, Rothsay 38

BOYS HOCKEY
Wadena-Deer Creek 7, Morris/Benson Area 5
WADENA – Wadena-Deer Creek won a back-and-forth game with Morris/Benson Area 7-5 on Monday.
The Storm took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission before the Wolverines responded with three goals in each of the next two periods. Zach Bruns continues his tear with a four-point performance, tallying a goal with three assists. Kolby Goff matched that with a goal and three assists. Jack Riley, Matt Tolifson, and Mike Halvorson each scored for the Storm who got 39 saves in net from Chase Engebretson, falling to 7-10-1.
Andrew Sunby had two goals with two assists for the Wolverines, Max Phillips added two goals with an assist and Noah Stevens stopped 17 shots and Wadena-Deer Creek improves to 13-8-2.

Brainerd 3, Alexandria 1
River Lakes 7, Sauk Rapids-Rice 3
St. Cloud 8, Fergus Falls 0