Madisyn Huisman hit multiple huge shots on her way to a 23-point night and the Minnesota West Lady Jays improved to 15-1 on the season with a 67-53 women’s basketball victory over Riverland in Austin.
Olivia Hayenga overcame foul trouble to score 17 points. Tia Murray contributed 11 points, and coach Moz Hayenga-Hostikka added that Dannyn Peterson played a great overall game and had 10 points. Hattie DeVries gave the Lady Jays great minutes off the bench, the coach noted.
Hayenga-Hostikka said it was a great win against a very good team in a place that’s always tough to play. She said the Jays didn't take care of the ball very well at times but felt like they did a nice job creating turnovers and scoring in transition.
In the men’s game, Riverland outscored Minnesota West 42-26 in the second half and defeated the Bluejays 82-61.
Minnesota West shot just 36 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 47-35 in the game. Elijah Williams led three Bluejays in double-figure scoring with 14 points. Bie Ruei had 13 and Brock Bruns 10 as Minnesota West fell to 5-10 on the season.
In girls basketball Thursday, the Worthington Trojans topped Western Christian 47-39 in Hull, Iowa.
Ellie Weg had 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals and Tarren Spartz 11 points, six assists and five boards as WHS improved to 2-7 on the season. Pham Gora chipped in with eight points and Grace Barber had seven.
In boys basketball, the Trojans’ five-game winning streak came to end as they lost to an always-strong Western Christian team 73-37.
Western Christian led 40-19 at halftime as WHS dropped to 5-2 this season. Abagotte Opiew paced the Trojans offensively with 13 points, while Mikele Walu added eight points and Kaleb Knothe seven.
In high school gymnastics Thursday, the Worthington Trojans posted a team score of 143.525 points as they won a dual against visiting Jackson County Central, which had 133.025 points.
Hali Bullerman won the all-around competition for the Trojans with a total of 36.675. She captured first place on the vault with a 9.45, first on the bars with a 9.0 and first in floor exercise at 9.35. She placed third on beam, which was won by Worthington’s Addison Gerber, who had a score of 9.2.
Also for the Trojans: Gerber was second on the floor and third on the bars; Cristy Banegas was second on the beam and third on the vault; Olivia Barber second on the bars and third on the floor; and Kelsey Soleta was second on the vault. Gerber was second in the all-around and Barber third.
In boys hockey, host Worthington led 3-2 early in the second period, but Fairmont went on to explode for six second-period goals and toppled the Trojans 10-4 on Thursday night.
Luke Kester and Nate Rakness each had three goals and three assists for the Cardinals, now 2-6 on the season. The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the first, with Worthington getting goals from Anthony Jimenez and Dawson Duangapai. Trent Chantharath put the Trojans ahead 3-2 by scoring unassisted 1:34 in the second period, and he later scored again to make it 5-4, but the Trojans saw their record drop to 1-4 on the year.
In girls hockey, Worthington went on the road to Fairmont and played to a scoreless tie. The Trojans are now 2-6-1; Fairmont is 3-5-2.
In area girls basketball Thursday night, it was:
Hills-Beaver Creek 68, Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda 19
Southwest Minnesota Christian 72, Murray County Central 24
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 53, Edgerton 51
Fairmont 69, Martin County West 42
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 47, Red Rock Central 26
Pipestone Area 81, Jackson County Central 56
Sibley-Ocheyedan 59, Sheldon 28
In boys basketball:
Martin County West 68, St. Clair 46
Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 68, Edgerton 51
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 69, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 37
Marshall 59, Pipestone Area 56
Sheldon 63, Sibley-Ocheyedan 50
In girls hockey:
Windom Area 4, Mankato West 4
New Ulm 0, Marshall 0
In boys hockey:
Windom Area 6, Redwood Valley 1
New Ulm 4, Marshall 3