The Worthington Trojans girls basketball team rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit and outscored visiting Luverne 31-18 over the final 18 minutes to win 50-45 over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
WHS went six-for-six on free throws in the waning seconds – with Tarren Spartz making four and Olivia Hayenga two – to ice the game and send Luverne to its first loss of the season. Both the Trojans and Cardinals are now 6-1.
Spartz had 18 points to lead Worthington while Hayenga added 16, with 12 of those coming in the second half. Kira John topped Luverne with 14 points and Elizabeth Wagner contributed 12.
In girls hockey Tuesday, host Worthington fell to Albert Lea by a score of 6-1. The Tigers scored the first goal of the game, but the Trojans’ Kessey Aljets got her team even on a pass from Marin Pederson at the 4:02 mark of the first period. Albert Lea, however, went ahead on a goal a little more than a minute later, then scored twice in the second period and two more in the third.
Albert Lea outshot WHS, 21-13, in the game. The Trojans are now 2-9.
In boys hockey, WHS traveled to Redwood Valley and came away with a 6-4 victory, improving to 4-3 on the season. Konner Honius got a hat trick for the Trojans, and Blake Luinenburg scored two goals and Alec Langerud one. Langerud also assisted on four goals for Worthington, and Ian Bumgardner chipped in with two more assists.
Worthington had 30 shots on goal while Redwood Valley had 63. Matthew Becker got the win in the net for the Trojans.
The Worthington Trojans girls gymnastics team tallied 141.175 points and won a triangular Tuesday night in New Ulm over both New Ulm and St. James.
The Trojans’ Hali Bullerman was victorious in the all-around, as she has been in every meet so far this season, with a total score of 35.775. Teammate Mekyla Nystrom was right behind her with 35.4.
Bullerman and Nystrom finished in a tie for first on the vault with Kayla Goblirsch of New Ulm with scores of 9.25. Bulllerman and Nystrom also finished in a tie for first on the bars with scores of 9.0. The Trojans’ Olviia Barber won the beam with a score of 9.175, and Abby Bristow of WHS was second with an 8.975. Bullerman was top finisher for Worthington on the floor with a 9.15.
The WHS gymnasts will have their next meet on Jan. 6.
Worthington High School’s triangular meet in Marshall was postponed and will now take place Jan. 20. The Trojans’ next match is scheduled for Jan. 7.
In other high action around the area Tuesday night:
Red Rock Central 59, Hills-Beaver Creek 46
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 61, Cedar Mountain 54
Minneota 58, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 41
Marshall 71, Windom 51
Jackson County Central 86, Pipestone Area 65
Sheldon 38, Sioux Center 25
West Lyon 41, MOC-Floyd Valley 29
Okoboji 49, Boyden-Hull 46
Rock Valley 49, George-Little Rock 31
Central Lyon 72, Sibley-Ocheyedan 43
Unity Christian 65, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 31
South O’Brien 55, Harris-Lake Park 24
Cherokee 51, Spirit Lake 42
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 66, Edgerton 41
Adrian-Ellsworth 66, Red Rock Central 45
Murray County Central 59, Hills-Beaver Creek 45
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 61, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 54
Marshall 84, Windom 73
Blue Earth 63, Fairmont 59
Pipestone Area 84, Jackson County Central 51
Sioux Center 59, Sheldon 46
Boyden-Hull 76, Okoboji 61
Central Lyon 87, Sibley-Ocheyedan 52
South O’Brien 48, Harris-Lake Park 32
Cherokee 52, Spirit Lake 42
Unity Christian 58, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 42
West Lyon 53, MOC-Floyd Valley 51
Windom Area 8, Mankato West 5
Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato 3, Marshall 2
Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato 6, Marshall 1