Marenono Opiew scored 21 points and Andrew Mulder added 17 Tuesday night as the Worthington Trojans built a big lead and then held on to defeat the Luverne Cardinals 84-76 in Luverne.
WHS scored the first eight points of the contest and never trailed in improving to 7-15 overall. The Trojans would grab a 13-point advantage before Luverne trimmed it to seven, but WHS closed out the first half strong to lead 50-34 at the break.
The Trojans would up their lead to 20 points early in the second half and fought off the Cardinals, particularly toward the end. Worthington was ahead by a dozen with a little less than a minute and a half remaining, but a three-point play by Luverne’s Gannon Ahrendt cut the deficit to five, 81-76, with 21.1 seconds left. Jacari Swinea, though, answered with a three-point play of his own for the Trojans that would close out the night’s scoring.
Swinea contributed 14 points for WHS, while Zach Hayenga added 13 and Jake Brandner 11.
For the Cardinals, Ahrendt enjoyed a big evening offensively with 32 points. Connor Overgaard chipped in with 13 points as Luverne fell to 9-13 overall.
In other action Tuesday night, it was:
Luverne 69, Edgerton 47
The New Ulm at Worthington game was postponed to Friday night.
Murray County Central 51, Edgerton 32
Southwest Minnesota Christian 91, Hills-Beaver Creek 51
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 60, Red Rock Central 55
Central Lyon 59, Hinton 42