The Worthington Trojans girls hockey team got back in the win column Monday night, topping Waseca 6-2 at home behind a hat trick from junior Riley Nickel.
Lauren Nelson, Kessey Aljets and Nickel each scored goals in the first period to give the Trojans 3-0 lead. After Waseca tallied the lone score in the second period, Kory Nickel made it 4-1 with a goal in the third, and Riley Nickel scored twice more in the period. The Trojans had one assist each from Kory Nickel, Peyton Nickel, Cadence Van Ede, Marin Pederson and Nelson in the game.
Goalie Lila Newman made 12 saves for WHS, which improved to 3-13 with the victory.
In boys basketball Monday, the Trojans traveled to Spirit Lake, Iowa, and mounted a furious second-half comeback before falling short, 76-70.
The Indians led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter and were still up by 11 heading into the fourth, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Caleb Knothe and Jacari Swinea, followed by a Swinea free throw and another Knothe 3, made a 62-60 game. WHS got back to within two points on three more occasions, but seven points in the final stages of the quarter by Spirit Lake’s Dylan Stecker helped the Indians hang on.
Swinea had 22 points for the Trojans, who are now 1-9 overall, while Jake Brandner added 16 points and Knothe had 15. Tyler Voss had 31 points for Spirit Lake, now 4-10, with Stecker adding 17 and Will Graves 13.
In other action Monday night, it was:
Sleepy Eye 58, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 44
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 64, Adrian-Ellsworth 48
Pipestone Area 49, Edgerton 43
Central Lyon 73, Sheldon 45
Lakeview 71, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 70
Southwest Minnesota Christian 77, Luverne 68
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 71, Sleepy Eye 55
Red Rock Central 60, Cedar Mountain 40
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 63, Murray County Central 36
St. James Area 66, Jackson County Central 52
Central Lyon 69, Sheldon 37