Sports roundup from Thursday, February 6
Alexandria 51, Brainerd 48
The Alexandria boys’ basketball team is putting together a nice run coming down the stretch as the Cardinals won their sixth straight game with a 51-48 victory in Brainerd.
John Vogeler had 17 points to lead the Cardinals. Travis Krueger added nine and Tyler Owen finished with eight. Isaiah Smith led Brainerd with 16 and Kobe Ahonen had 13.
The Warriors struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just 7-of-24 attempts. That ultimately doomed them after they had taken a 36-25 lead behind a 7-0 run to start the second half. Alexandria forced Brainerd into four straight turnovers after that and went on a 14-2 run itself to take its first lead of the game at 44-42 with less than seven minutes left.
The Cardinals held Brainerd off in the end to move to 10-8 overall and to 8-5 in the Central Lakes Conference.
Brandon-Evansville 48, Parkers Prairie 41
The Brandon-Evansville boys got their first Little Eight Conference win on Thursday night as the Chargers beat Parkers Prairie 48-41.
Brandon-Evansville trailed by two at the break but 18 points and 13 rebounds from Skyler Quinn helped the Chargers overcome that. Tom Bosek added nine points. James Huisman had eight points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists and Brandon Christianson finished with seven points and six rebounds.
“Everybody played a significant role in this thing,” head coach John Holsten said. “[A win] was certainly needed but also deserved.”
The win moved Brandon-Evansville to 3-15 overall and to 1-10 in the LEC.
WCA 46, LPGE 32
The West Central Area boys held Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to just 16 points each half to improve to 13-5 with a 46-32 win on Thursday night.
The Knights led 24-16 at the break and used a 7-2 run out of the break to open up a double-digit lead. That lead ballooned to 20 points later in the half as WCA kept LPGE at an arm’s length for much of the night.
“Long Prairie is a team that loves to play a real slow down style,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They are very deliberate. The good thing about that for us is that if you get a lead on them, they are not a comeback team. Being up by 14 points against them is like a 20-25 point lead against most teams. So even though the style they play is not the most entertaining for fans, it was a good win for us.”
Brady Combs had 12 points to lead the Knights. Hunter Pfingsten added nine points, as did Jay Zimmerman, while Dakotah Kashmark finished with seven points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Ashby 64, Rothsay 52
The Ashby boys won on Parents’ Night in a 64-52 game against Rothsay.
Blake Ohren had 22 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and five blocks for the Arrows. Gage Olson added 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while Morgan Wing had 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.
“It is always fun to win at home on Parents’ Night," stated Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick. “I thought we came out with good energy to start the game, and we looked like we were going to pull away most of the second half. Rothsay scored most of their second half points in the final five minutes of the second half.”
St. Cloud Tech 59, Alexandria 39
The St. Cloud Tech girls jumped into second place in the Central Lakes Conference on Thursday night by running past Alexandria in a 59-39 game.
The Tigers’ Lizzy Krippner and Kaelyn Angell each had 12 points to lead the way for hteir team. Tech jumped out to a 36-20 lead at the break and never looked back after that.
Karly Betterman led the Cardinals with 11 points. Brooke Heggie added nine and Kendall Kohler finished with seven points.
The loss dropped Alexandria to 12-4 overall and to 9-2 in the CLC. Tech improved to 14-2 and 8-1 in league play, while Fergus Falls sits atop the CLC standings at 17-0 and 10-0.
Osakis 63, Swanville 34
The Osakis girls made easy work of Swanville on Thursday night to improve to 11-0 in the Prairie Conference and 15-2 overall.
The Silverstreaks will now turn their attention to fourth-ranked Sauk Centre. The Mainstreeters (12-3) will come to Osakis tonight, Friday, for a 7:30 tip between the Section 6AA opponents.
Morris Area 73, Minnewaska 64
The Minnewaska girls fell to 6-11 overall with a 73-64 loss to Morris Area on Thursday night.
WCA 65, Verndale 51
The West Central Area girls used 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks from Holly Van Kempen to win 65-51 over Verndale on Thursday night.
Abby Van Kempen added 11 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal, while Tiana Christenson was also in double figures with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“Overall we played very well,” WCA head coach Beth Hill said. “The game was played at a very quick pace. We got up and down the floor quickly and had some nice fast breaks. Verndale worked hard and pushed the ball up the floor. We are really happy with how this game went.”
The non-conference game moved the Knights to 11-4 overall.
Alexandria 5, River Lakes 0
The Cardinals reversed a two-game losing streak Thursday with a 5-0 win over conference opponent River Lakes.
Christian Canavati, Eli Heckert and Chris Leary each scored in a three-goal second period that helped the Cardinals put the game out of reach.
Andy Rentschler scored in the first period and Levi McFarlane added one in the third. The win helped the Cardinals go to 14-5-2 overall, with a 10-2-1 record in the Central Lakes Conference.