Dannyn Peterson scored a game-high 19 points and the Minnesota West Lady Jays defeated Ellsworth Community College, 75-69, Sunday afternoon at the Center for Health and Wellness in Worthington.
Tia Murray added 14 points – 12 in the second half – for the Lady Jays, and Madison Huisman contributed 10 points. Kassidy Weeldreyer led Minnesota West in rebounding with eight, and Peterson added seven. MacKensie Post topped Minnesota West with four assists, and Jayden Zebe led the team with five steals.
The Lady Jays’ defense forced Ellsworth Community College into 29 turnovers and 36 percent shooting from the floor. The victory was the first of the season for the Minnesota West women, who are now 1-5 on the year.
In the men’s half of the basketball doubleheader, the Bluejays were beaten by Ellsworth, 84-53. Minnesota West led 9-4 early in the first half, but the Panthers went on to quickly establish control and build a 17-point advantage by halftime. Minnesota West struggled offensively and made just 27 percent of its shots from the floor.
Amos Alford topped the Bluejays in scoring with 19 points, and Tyvorus Lawton contributed 13 points as well as a team-best eight rebounds. Minnesota West is now 1-5 on the season; Ellsworth Community College is 9-2.
In girls high school basketball Saturday night, Worthington won its season opener by edging Sibley-Ocheyedan in overtime, 67-63. Olivia Hayenga had a team-high 18 points for the Trojans while Dasia Potter added 13 points and Brooklyn Scheitel-Taylor and Ellie Weg had 11 points each. Madison Brouwer poured in 36 points for the Generals.