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Girls basketball: Section-rival Willmar gets a second win over Alexandria

Alexandria played Willmar close for a second time this season, but Willmar closed out a 61-51 win.

MaCee Linow
MaCee Linow

WILLMAR — The Alexandria girls basketball team has played with Section 8-3A front-runner Willmar (12-7) twice this season, but Willmar found a way to close out both games after taking a 61-51 final last Friday night.

Willmar is now 5-0 against sections teams, while Alexandria (8-8) is 4-2 against section opponents.

“We battled down to the wire but Willmar capitalized on the final run, forcing us to foul to extend the game,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said. “It was a physical battle that capped off a busy week.”

Hadley Thul
Hadley Thul

Freshman forward Hadley Thul had 27 points for Alexandria. Freshman guard MaCee Linow added 11, and senior guard Tessa McGrane finished with 9.

Alexandria went 2-1 last week with wins over Sauk Rapids-Rice and Detroit Lakes. The Cardinals will host St. Cloud (9-8) this Thursday ahead of hosting Marshall (15-4) at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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WILLMAR 61, ALEXANDRIA 51

ALEXANDRIA - Hadley Thul - 27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; MaCee Linow - 11 points; Tessa McGrane - 9 points; Allie Haabala - 4 points; Chloe Scholl - 2 points, 6 rebounds; Lilly Thul - 4 assists

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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