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Sports roundup from Thursday, February 20


WCA 70, Ashby 61

The West Central Area boys’ basketball team put five players in double figures to survive a close game against Ashby in a 70-61 final on Thursday night.

Dakotah Kashmark was the catalyst with 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Jay Zimmerman added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Brady Combs, Hunter Pfingsten and Ben Anderson each added 10 points apiece.

“Ashby always gets up for us and they always play one of their best games against us, as was the case again tonight,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Ashby started the game cold, but they got really hot, especially in the second half.  They are a dangerous team with four very good shooters, which really opens up the floor for them.”

Blake Ohren had a big night with 28 points and five blocks. Morgan Wing added 14 points and Zach Barry added nine for the Arrows.

“I thought we played some of our best basketball in several games tonight," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. “I was super proud of how we fought in the second half to stay in the game and gave ourselves a chance to win. That's all I asked of the guys tonight.”

Both teams had their offense working after halftime. The Knights scored 36 in the second half and the Arrows put up 35 points.   

“The thing we were pleased with is that whenever they started getting close, we remained calm and were poised, and came right back hitting many big shots ourselves,” Hunter said. “Our team has done that for the last month. We always show great poise, no one gets rattled and we have executed well under pressure. This is a good trait to have for our team as we get near playoff time.”

The Knights moved to 17-6 with the win and Ashby fell to 13-13 overall.

CGB 71, Brandon-Evansville 48

The Brandon-Evansville boys couldn’t keep up with CGB as the Wolverines used a run late in the first half to help them pull away and secure a 71-48 win.

“They found a couple holes in our defense and really went at them,” Chargers head coach John Holsten said. “Late in the first half, we were within five and they had three straight possessions where they hit three-point shots. The last one went off the glass. Then they started the second half and scored two quick baskets, and we were done.”

The Wolverines had four players in double figures. Damon Gibson had 21 points, 16 of those in the first half. Jason Montonye added 16. Nate Bauer finished with 11 and Johnny Connelly had 10.

Skyler Quinn led Brandon-Evansville with 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. James Huisman added 13 points and three rebounds as well.

The Wolverines were efficient from the field, hitting 29-of-45 shots. The Chargers countered by shooting 20-of-52.

The loss dropped Brandon-Evansville to 3-20 and moved CGB to 14-8.

Minnewaska 65, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 63

The Minnewaska boys held off a good Hillcrest Lutheran Academy team in a 65-63 game on Thursday night.

The Lakers got three players in double figures with Matt McIver leading the way with 19 points, five steals, two rebounds and two assists. Riley Thompson and Jayden Beecher each added 13 points each.

The win moved Minnewaska to 11-13 and dropped the Comets to 16-7.


Brandon-Evansville 67, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 39

The Brandon-Evansville girls moved to 9-2 in the Little Eight Conference with a convincing win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Thursday night.

The Chargers jumped out early and never looked back in this one. They got up 23-10 in the first half and led 39-16 at the break.

Emma Friedrich had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way. Carrigan Okerlund added 12 points and Megan Kokett finished with 11. Kelsey Nersten had 13 points for Hillcrest and Emma Royce added 10.

The Chargers dominated the Comets on the glass, outrebounding them 44-21. Twenty of those rebounds were on the offensive end.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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