Sports roundup from Monday, February 24
Fergus Falls 63, Alexandria 52
The Alexandria girls’ basketball team was unable to slow down Anna Monke and undefeated Fergus Falls in a 63-52 loss at home Monday.
Monke led the Otters scoring with 26 points, and Amanda Christianson continued her return from injury as she came off the bench and led the Cardinals with 18. Sarah Bruzek finished with 12 points for Alexandria and Brooke Heggie also scored 10.
Fergus Falls came into the game with a perfect 24-0 record, and the Cardinals felt good about the way they stayed with the Otters.
“We left it all on the court tonight, big time,” head coach Wendy Kohler said. “I think we made a statement tonight, Fergus Falls knows we’re here.”
The Cardinals saw first hand why Fergus Falls has been so dominant this season. They also felt the game was a good test to show they can play at the Otters’ level.
“They are a team of three main players, is what we figured out,” Bruzek said. Those three can shoot, they can drive and they can rebound.”
Brandon-Evansville 49, Melrose 46
The Brandon-Evansville girls got up by 13 at the half and held on late to beat Melrose 49-46 on Monday night.
Emily Friedrich had 27 points and nine rebounds in one of her best games of the season. The Chargers were trailing 43-42 late in the game when she converted a three-point play that gave her team the lead. Melrose tied it, but a Megan Kokett free throw and two more free throws from Friedrich secured the win.
Emily Goerdt had 21 for Melrose. The Chargers hit on 35 percent of their shots and moved to 13-10 with the win.
New York Mills 56, Parkers Prairie 38
The Parkers Prairie girls shot a season-low 26 percent in a 56-38 loss at New York Mills that halted a six-game losing streak for the Panthers.
Senior guard Micaela Noga was held to just 12 points. She did find other ways to help as she finished with 10 rebounds, five assists and six steals. Megan Dreger added 11 points and Renee Warren had eight for Parkers Prairie, but only five players scored in all for the Panthers.
Ellie Rutten had a game-high 23 points for the Eagles (16-5). Lydia Irons and Lydia Rutten each added 12 points, as well.
Upsala 95, WCA 59
The West Central Area boys ran into a buzz saw on Monday night as Upsala moved to 23-2 with a 95-59 win over the Knights.
The Cardinals are the sixth-ranked team in Class A and showed why on their way to putting up 54 points in the first half. They didn’t slow down in the second, shooting 34-of-64 from the field and hitting 12-of-26 threes.
That came on a night when West Central Area senior guard Dakotah Kashmark became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,266 points. Blake Olson had held the record since 2006 with 1,264 points. Kashmark finished with five points, 11 assists and three steals against the Cardinals.
“Dakotah is very deserving of this accomplishment,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “He has meant so much to our program. He has spent many hours of dedication toward basketball and has done so much over the last four years. He is also in the top five or 10 of many other career categories. Teams really key on him defensively, but he is a complete player and also an unselfish player as shown by his 11 assists again tonight.”
Upsala’s Christian Pekarek did what he could to steal the show on Monday. He finished with a game-high 36 points, while Dylan Zimmerman added 24 and Jeremy Halverson had 12.
Jay Zimmerman added 22 points and 14 rebounds for WCA and Hunter Pfingsten added 10 points.
Underwood 67, Brandon-Evansville 33
The Brandon-Evansville boys saw their season come to an end on Monday night in the opening round of the Section 6A South tournament as Underwood took control of a game that ended 67-33 in favor of the Rockets.
Underwood got 22 points from Ben Field and Adam Creek and Matt Biegler each added 15 points apiece. The Rockets hit a few contested buckets early and built a 39-22 lead by the break. The Chargers then scored just 11 points in the second half.
“We felt good going into the game,” Chargers head coach John Holsten said. “It’s like Mike Tyson says, everybody has to play until they get punched. They made some long shots early, and we had no answer for that. We just didn’t play with the energy we needed, and they played very well. I don’t want to take anything away from Underwood. They play very well and we just didn’t have an answer.”
Skyler Quinn led the Chargers with nine points. James Huisman didn’t play because he was out with an illness.
Brandon-Evansville finished the season 3-21. Underwood will now take on top-seeded and undefeated Battle Lake in the subsection quarterfinals.
Hancock 50, Ashby 42
The Ashby boys saw their season come to an end against 10th-seeded Hancock on Monday night as the Owls came to Ashby and dropped the Arrows 50-42.
Ashby finished the season 13-14 overall. Hancock (4-19) earned the right to move on and play second-seeded Wheaton-Herman-Norcross in the quarterfinals of the 6A South tournament on Thursday.
Browerville 66, Osakis 45
The Browerville boys scored 40 points in the second half on Monday night to pull away in the second half of a 66-45 win over Osakis in the final home game of the season for the Silverstreaks.
Seniors Drew Fearing and Lane Berberich scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Osakis. That wasn’t quite enough as the Silverstreaks struck with an 18-5 Browerville team through one half before the Tigers stretched things out after halftime.
“We played a great first half but their zone caused us fits and we turned the ball over,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “Our seniors played hard on senior night. Kolten Adolphsen got a three at the end, which got the crowd amped up. He deserved a start tonight with his dedication throughout the year, and it was a great way for him to end his playing career at home in front of his friends.”
The Silverstreaks ended the regular season 6-19 overall and 2-12 in the Prairie Conference. They will now turn their attention toward Thursday night when they will travel to Sauk Centre to take on the top-seeded Mainstreeters in the 6AA tournament.