In a pair of broadcasts heard Saturday afternoon on 104.3 The Bridge, the Minnesota West women’s and men’s basketball teams both earned victories over Mesabi Range. The Lady Jays dominated the second half in earning an 81-56 win, while the men overpowered the Norse in the first half and held off a furious comeback attempt for a 91-83 triumph.
In the women’s contest, MacKensie Post led a balanced Minnesota West scoring attack with 16 points, while Jadyn Lessman added 13 points and a game-best six assists. Jayden Zebe contributed 11 points for the Lady Jays, who improved to 2-6 on the season while rebounding from an 83-40 setback Friday night at the hands of the Dordt University junior varsity. Other contributors Saturday for Minnesota West were Dannyn Peterson and Kassidy Weeldreyer, who pulled down 10 rebounds apiece. The Lady Jays outrebounded Mesabi Range 51-36 and forced 29 turnovers while also limiting the Norse to 32.7 percent shooting from the field.
Meanwhile, the Bluejay men built a 26-point halftime lead over Mesabi Range by shooting 57.6 percent from the floor. Mesabi Range, connected on 12 3-pointers in the second half and closed the gap to six points with 57 seconds remaining. The Jays, though, iced the game at the foul line.
Amos Alford topped Minnesota West in scoring with 24 points, and Tyvorus Lawton added 23. CJ Ligon chipped in with 17 more points, and Ben Paulson had 16 points and team highs of eight rebounds and four assists. The win was the second in a row for the Bluejays, who beat Vermillion Community College 99-68 on Friday.
Tarren Spartz scored 25 points and Ellie Weg had 17 points and 15 rebounds as the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with an 81-48 victory over St. James Area in a Big South Conference Crossover game in New Ulm.
Olivia Hayenga chipped in with 10 points for the Trojans, and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor contributed 12 steals, seven assists and four rebounds for WHS, which trailed by 27-226 at halftime before dominating action the rest of the way. The Trojans forced 28 St. James turnovers – recording 24 steals – and outrebounded their opponent 43-30.
The Trojans will play at home Tuesday in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader against Windom. Both games will be broadcast on 104.3 The Bridge; the action begins at 6 p.m.
In other girls basketball Saturday, it was:
Luverne 45, Redwood Valley 39
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 79, Adrian-Ellsworth 44
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 56, Southwest Minnesota Christian 45
Jackson County Central 80, Waseca 78
New Ulm 73, Pipestone Area 49
St. Peter 61, Marshall 44
Windom Area 69, Tri-City United 53
Sheldon 60, South O’Brien 30 West Lyon 54, Bishop Garrigan 40
In boys basketball Saturday, it was:
Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 66, Murray County Central 51
Wabasso 79, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 64
Russell-Tyler Ruthton 87, Adrian-Ellsworth 47
Martin County West 47, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 38
South O’Brien 47, Sheldon 35
Luverne 13, Waseca 0
United 9, Windom Area 3
Luverne 10, Waseca 1
Windom Area 12, Austin 0