Olivia Hayenga made 12-of-13 shots from the field and finished with 27 points as No. 3 Minnesota West improved to 23-2 on the season with an 81-61 triumph over visiting Anoka-Ramsey.
The Lady Jays also got 22 points from Tia Murray and broke open a close game by ultimately outscoring the Golden Rams by 10 in the final quarter. Hayenga and Murray also pulled down 10 rebounds apiece. Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor contributed nine rebounds and seven assists, and Dasia Potter also chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
In the men’s game, the Bluejays trailed by just two points at halftime and remained in the contest until late in the second half, when Anoka-Ramsey pulled away to complete a 76-60 win.
The Golden Rams scored the first eight points of the game, but Minnesota West rallied to take a narrow edge before Anoka-Ramsey later built a 10-point cushion. The Jays rallied before the break but could never regain the lead as they dropped their ninth straight. Elijah Williams scored 20 points and Bie Ruei had 18 as Minnesota West fell to 5-18.
In boys basketball Saturday, the Worthington Trojans traveled to Sioux Falls to play at The Pentagon and came away with a 75-46 triumph against Canistota. S.D. Jacari Swinea scored 14 points and Kaleb Knothe had 12, and plenty of WHS reserves also saw action and scored. Worthington is now 13-3 this season.
In girls basketball Saturday night, visiting Windom topped the injury-riddled Trojans 82-68 to drop WHS to 4-15 on the season.
Windom had a 48-32 advantage at the half over Worthington, which was led in the game by Janessa Hamman’s 20 points and nine rebounds. Tarren Spartz added 17 points, seven boards and five assists, and Pham Gora had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
On Friday night, New Ulm established firm control early and rolled past the Trojans 88-38.
The Eagles were up 64-18 at halftime, and much of the second half was played with a running clock. Morgan Hulke led New Ulm with 23 points and Daviney Dreckman had 22 as New Ulm moved to 14-6.
Spartz topped WHS with 10 points and seven rebounds. Gora added eight points and Hamann had seven.
In boys hockey, Easton Newman had four goals and the Worthington Trojans won their second after a long losing streak as they topped Breckenridge-Wahpeton 7-2.
Newman polished off a hat trick in the first period alone and Spencer Nickel also had a pair of goals as the Trojans led 5-0 after the first 17 minutes. Nickel completed a hat trick of his own in the third period, when Newman also scored again. Ian Bumgardner contributed a pair of assists for Worthington, which got 25 saves from goaltender Collin Ahlers.
In the girls game, Breckenridge-Wahpeton took care of the Trojans 12-1. WHS was down just 2-0 after the first period, but their guests scored six goals in the second to break things wide open. Marin Pederson scored unassisted for the Trojans, who once again had defender Sadie Nickel in goal.
In area girls basketball action Saturday, it was:
Laq Qui Parle Valley 47, Pipestone Area 45
Waseca 56, Jackson County Central 47
Marshall 58, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 51
In girls basketball Friday:
Martin County West 67, Madelia 35
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 61, Dawson-Boyd 41
Luverne 55, St. James Area 40
Pipestone Area 49, Redwood Valley 398
St. Peter 78, Marshall 75 (3 OT)
Rock Valley 47, Sheldon 33
Okoboji 48, Boyden-Hull 47
Central Lyon 62, Sibley-Ocheyedan 58
Unity Christian 71, Harris-Lake Park 25
E-LC 55, Spirit Lake 43
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 44, Trinity Christian 40
West Lyon 61, Sioux Center 31
In boys basketball Saturday:
Sioux Falls Roosevelt 64, Marshall 53
Cherokee 57, Sheldon 44
In boys basketball Friday:
Hills-Beaver Creek 67, Edgerton 46
Southwest Minnesota Christian 68, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 56
Red Rock Central 78, Adrian-Ellsworth 69
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 76, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 52
Redwood Valley 62, Pipestone Area 60
Luverne 88, St. James Area 77
Fairmont 60, Tri-City United 49
Jackson County Central 106, Windom 91
Marshall 78, St. Peter 66
Rock Valley 41, Sheldon 39
Boyden-Hull 56, Okoboji 49
Central Lyon 86, Sibley-Ocheyedan 26
Sioux Center 50, West Lyon 47
Unity Christian 74, Harris-Lake Park 42
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 69, Trinity Christian 46
In girls hockey Saturday:
Luverne 6, Waseca 1
Windom Area 3, Prairie Centre 1
In girls hockey Friday:
Visitation 9, Fairmont 1
In boys hockey Saturday:
Luverne 7, Morris-Benson Area 4
Marshall 7, Minnesota River 1
In boys hockey Friday:
Rochester Lourdes 8, Fairmont 2
New Ulm 3, Windom Area 2