The Minnesota West women’s and men’s basketball teams both went 0-2 during their tournament Thursday and Friday at the Center for Health and Wellness. The Lady Jays fell 101-76 to North Iowa Area on Thursday and 85-57 Iowa Central on Friday; the men were defeated 95-67 by North Iowa Area on Thursday and 82-64 by Iowa Central on Friday.
In the women’s game against North Iowa Area, Dannyn Peterson topped the Lady Jays offensively with 20 points, while MacKensie Post added 17 points and Madisyn Huisman 13, The Jays shot 50 percent from the floor, but committed 31 turnovers and allowed their opponents to shoot 62 percent from the field.
Against Iowa Central, Post topped Minnesota West with 18 points and Peterson had 15. The Lady Jays are now 4-9 on the season.
For the men Thursday night, Sam Paulson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota West, while Jacob Dorian also had 14 points. Amos Alford and Christian Kyles added 11 points apiece for the Bluejays. Statistics were unavailable for Friday night’s contest. Minnesota West, which played without starters C.J. Ligon and Tyvorus Lawton in both games, is now 3-9 on the season.
The Jays teams will compete Wednesday in a conference doubleheader at Riverland.
In their second game of a tournament at Winona State University on Thursday, the WHS girls basketball team fell to 6-3 on the season with a 77-66 loss to Winona-Cotter. Tarren Spartz led the way for the Trojans with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Olivia Hayenga contributed 11 points and Ellie Weg 11, while Brooklyn Schietel-Taylor chipped in with nine assists.
In boys action Thursday at Winona State, Worthington lost on a buzzer-beater to Winona, 64-62. Mak Lia had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans. Kaleb Knothe added 15 points and Jacari Swinea had 14. Marenono Opiew contributed 12 points and six rebounds for WHS, now 1-5.
The Trojans will host a girls/boys basketball doubleheader against Western Christian, which will be broadcast on 104.3 The Bridge.