The Worthington Trojans girls basketball team trimmed a double-digit Marshall Tigers second-half lead down to two points Thursday night, but the visiting Tigers held on to claim a 67-61 victory.
Ashleigh Steinbach and Randi Wendorff each scored 15 points for Marshall and Brianna Simpson contributed 14 points as the Tigers improved to 15-4 overall. Marshall led by seven at halftime and grew that advantage in the early stages of the second half before the Trojans mounted a rally.
Olivia Hayenga led WHS in scoring with 25 points, while Tarren Spartz added 14 points and Ellie Weg 11. The Trojans are now 9-6 on the season.
The Trojans’ boys team, meanwhile, played at Marshall, and lost 70-36. Kaleb Knothe scored 17 points for Worthington; no other statistics were available late Thursday. The Trojans are now 2-11.
In a girls hockey game Thursday night in Fairmont, WHS girls was defeated 4-2 by the Cardinals.
Goals by Isabella Larson and Alexis Newville propelled the Cardinals to a 2-0 first-period lead, but Riley Nickel scored unassisted for the Trojans late in the first to make it 2-1. Larson scored again before the first period ended, and Newville added another goal in the second for a 4-1 Fairmont lead. Kessey Aljets scored a shorthanded, unassisted goal in the third period for Worthington.
The Cardinals outshot the Trojans, 25-17. WHS is now 3-17 this season.
In high school wrestling Thursday night, it was host Pipestone Area taking care of Worthington 45-32.
Brayden Burmeister at 113 pounds, Hudson Burnett at 126, Nate Bobendrier at 145, Jackson Melcher at 170 and Aiden Voss at 182 all recorded wins by fall for the Arrows. Alex Galvez and Mason Schutz were victorious with pins at 106 and 160, respectively, and Levi Hennings won by technical fall at 152 for the Trojans. Austin Gruis won by decision at 138, and WHS picked up 12 other points via forfeit.
The Worthington High School gymnastics team amassed a season-best 145.3 points as a team compared to Redwood Valley’s 124.450 in a Thursday night meet in Worthington.
Hali Bullerman of the Trojans finished on top in the all-around, collecting 37.3 points. Teammates Abigail Bristow, with 35.975 points, and Mekyla Nystrom, with 35.4, were second and third, respectively.
Bullerman finished in first place among all competitors on the vault (9.525), uneven parallel bars (8.85) and floor exercise (9.475). Bristow won on the balance beam with 9.475 points.
Nystrom, meanwhile, was second overall on the vault, bars and floor. Kelsey Soleta was third on the vault and bars. Olivia Barber was third on the beam for the Trojans, and Bristow was third on the floor.
In other action Thursday night, it was:
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 63, Lakeview 20
Fairmont 75, Pipestone Area 44
Jackson County Central 89, Windom 73
Harris-Lake Park 40, George-Little Rock 39
Boyden-Hill 54, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 32
Okoboji 48, Rock Valley 44
Harrisburg 44, West Lyon 38
Southwest Minnesota Christian 70, Murray County Central 63
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 70, Hills-Beaver Creek 62
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 63, Edgerton 39
Mountain Lake Area-Comfey 60, Adrian-Ellsworth 39
Jackson County Central 73, Windom 71
George-Little Rock 64, Harris-Lake Park 47
Marshall 3, Windom Area 2
New Ulm 6, Luverne 0