Owls Battle Back From Early Deficit To Defeat Chargers 20 Feb 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

Hancock 73, Brandon-Evansville 66
BRANDON – Hancock battled back from a 15-point first half deficit to defeat Brandon-Evansville 73-66 on Tuesday night in Brandon.
Taylor Bitzan hit 4-4 from three point range early to stake the Chargers to a 24-9 lead early before the Owls started getting hot from the outside, pulling within three by halftime.
The Owls took their first lead with 8:37 remaining in the game, and over the next six minutes the lead changed hands four times before the Owls pulled away in the final two minutes. The Owls shot 46 percent going 11-25 from three-point range, the Chargers best that shooting 48 percent and 11-22 from long range.
Noah Kannegiesser led the Owls with 31 points and six assists, Bennett Nienhaus scored 13 and Cole Reese added 10. Hancock is now 20-2 on the season and finish Pheasant Conference play with a perfect 12-0 record.
Bitzan finished with 24 points, hitting six threes. Darrin Wibstad added 14 points with eight rebounds as the Chargers fall to 13-9. 

Ashby 62, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 46
ASHBY – Wheaton/Herman-Norcross shot just 34 percent and were held to just 17 second half points in a 62-46 loss in Ashby on Tuesday.
Zach Stueve led with 11 points, Matt Thielen had 10 and Nick Lupkes added nine for the Warriors who fall to 3-18.
Jaden Norby posted 21 points with nine rebounds and four assists for the Arrows, Scott Johnson recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Ashby is now 4-16. 

Ortonville 56, Hillcrest Lutheran 32
BOLD 89, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 55
Sauk Centre 63, Montevideo 48

Hancock 54, Rothsay 29
HANCOCK – Hancock outscored Rothsay 30-9 in the second half and earned a 54-29 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.
The Owls shot 47 percent from the floor, including 7-14 from three-point range. Ashlyn Mattson led with 19 points and nine rebounds, Tess Steiner added 15 with nine boards and the Owls are 12-10.
The Tigers were held to just 25 percent shooting, Lexie Lankow finished with 14 points as they drop to 2-21.

Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 79, Underwood 62
UNDERWOOD – Maycee Tolifson stepped in for the injured Anna Rinke and finished with a career-high 19 points to help lift Wheaton/Herman-Norcross past Underwood 79-62.
Tolifson was one of four Warriors in double-figures scoring, including Briona Edwards with 17 and eight rebounds, Emma Schmidt with 15 points, and Haley Johnson finished with 13.  The Warriors are now 21-4.
The Rockets got a big night from Sydney Hovland who finished with 28 points, Kayla Rocholl added 16 as they fall to 17-7. 

BOLD 48, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 41
Minnewaska Area 53, Montevideo 36
Sauk Centre 76, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 43
Ortonville 68, Hillcrest Lutheran 29
Melrose 55, Benson 47 / OT

Section 6A Quarterfinals
St. Cloud Cathedral 15, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
Alexandria 6, Fergus Falls 2
Sartell-St. Stephen 8, Prairie Centre 0
River Lakes 3, Little Falls 2