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Sports roundup from Tuesday, January 7

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Parkers Prairie 71, Brandon-Evansville 67

The Brandon-Evansville boys’ basketball team couldn’t hold on to an eight-point lead at the break on Tuesday night as Parkers Prairie rallied for a 71-67 win on the Chargers’ home court.

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The Panthers’ Grant Yohnke led all scorers with 23 points. Skyler Quinn had 22 for Brandon-Evansville. The Chargers led 40-32 at the break, but a 9-for-17 night from the three-point line for Parkers Prairie proved to make a big difference in the game. The Chargers hit one of their five three-point shots.

Brandon-Evansville hit on 48 percent of its shots from the field (26-54). The Panthers countered by shooting 24-of-51 and used its defense to help secure the win in the second half.

“We played our best half of the year in the first half,” Chargers head coach John Holsten said. “We had only eight turnovers, but in the second half we had 13 turnovers and they took advantage of that.”

The loss dropped the Chargers to 1-8 overall and to 0-4 in the Little Eight Conference. Parkers Prairie improved to 3-4 overall and to 2-2 in the LEC.

WCA 54, LPGE 52

Jay Zimmerman had a huge night for West Central Area on Tuesday as the Knights held off Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 54-52.

Zimmerman did a little bit of everything with 21 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks, two steals and two assists. Dakotah Kashmark added 15 points, five assists and three rebounds. Derek Eberle led LPGE with 18 points and Isaac Lemke had 13.

The Knights were leading 33-23 at the half, but the Thunder stormed back by scoring on seven of their last nine possessions. The Knights held on to move to 7-1 with their seventh straight win.

“You can't relax against such a good shooting team like Long Prairie,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They hit some really tough shots in the last couple of minutes to make it closer than it should have been.  Give them credit, they didn't quit.”

Ashby 69, Rothsay 68

The Ashby boys’ basketball team rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Rothsay 69-68 on Tuesday.

Blake Ohren proved to be the hero as he gathered a rebound off a missed free throw with nine seconds left. The senior guard hurried the ball down the court and got into the lane before hitting a shot for the game winner as time expired.

Ohren scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half. Morgan Wing added 25 points with 14 of those in the first half. Dakota Fosson also scored a career-high 11 points, while adding five steals and seven rebounds.

That helped the Arrows overcome 31 points from Rothsay’s Logan Moen and 18 points from Brett Brenden.

“Rothsay played a nice game tonight,” Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. “They shot the ball well and played good defense. “Coach [Trevor] Hone has done a good job with those guys. We had some definite signs of rust coming out of the Christmas break.”

The Arrows were able to overcome that for their fifth straight win. That moved them to 5-4 after they had dropped their first four games of the season. Rothsay dropped to 1-8 with its eighth straight loss.

Morris 50, Minnewaska 48

The Minnewaska boys dropped a close contest with Morris in a 50-48 game on Tuesday night.

Jayden Beecher led the Lakers with 16 points. Austin VerSteeg added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Matt McIver finished with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals for Minnewaska.

The Lakers fell to 4-7 with the loss and Morris moved to 3-8 overall.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Fergus Falls 103, Alexandria 82

The Fergus Falls boys’ swimming and diving team handed Alexandria a 103-82 loss on Tuesday.

The Cardinals had three wins on the night. Max Jacobson took the 50 freestyle in 23.65 seconds. Ben Tollefson won the 500 freestyle in 5:46.71 and Elliot Jacobson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.86.

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GYMNASTICS

Alexandria 133.25, Moorhead 131.7

The Alexandria gymnastics team continued its strong season to this point with a tight win over Moorhead on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals used two top-five finishes in the all-around with Bria Schueler taking fourth (32.05) and Hannah Wendel finishing first (36.25) to help them edge the Spuds 133.25-131.7.

“After going against them the last couple of years, we knew it was going to be a really close meet, especially after losing Briquelle [Bowden] last year,” Wendel said. “That’s a good point down in our all-around score. We knew it was going to be close, but we knew if we came in and had a good meet that we could come out with the win.”

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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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