The Pipestone Area Arrows led by as many as 18 points in the first half, settled for a 13-point advantage at the break, and never let Worthington closer than six over the final 18 minutes as they beat the Trojans 69-53 in a boys basketball game Monday night in the WHS gym.
Connor Zephier’s 16 points – 13 of them in the second half -- led four Arrows players in double figures as Pipestone Area improved to 15-3 overall. Kaden Musch contributed 15 points while Merrick Heidebrink added 13 and Rysley Borman had 12 off the bench.
Worthington, which lost for the first time in three games, was led by Marenono Opiew’s 16 points. Abagotte Opiew and Jake Brandner had 10 points apiece for the Trojans, who got to within 47-41 in the second half but could draw no nearer. WHS is now 5-13 on the season.
Olivia Hayenga scored 20 points and Ellie Weg added 19 Monday night as the Worthington Trojans girls basketball team edged host Pipestone, 71-65.
WHS trailed 41-38 at halftime, and the game remained close throughout the second half. The Trojans led by two, 67-65, with 1:05 remaining, and Hayenga added key free throws down the stretch to clinch the win.
Weg also pulled down 11 rebounds for Worthington, while Tarren Spartz chipped in with 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds of her own. Point guard Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor had 10 assists for the Trojans, now 12-8 overall.
For Pipestone Area, Marli Taubert led the way offensively with 17 points. Aubrea Kohr had 14 points and Kayla Hubbling 10.
In other area action Monday, it was:
St. James Area 80, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 60
Jackson County Central 84, Blue Earth 37
West Lyon 60, Central Lyon 39
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 61, Murray County Central 53
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 82, Renville County West 70
Spirit Lake 66, Jackson County Central 53
Central Lyon 80, West Lyon 60
Luverne at Edgerton
Luverne 5, Windom Area 2