Zach Hayenga had 15 points Monday night and Kaleb Knothe added 14 as the Worthington Trojans boys basketball team bested visiting Luverne, 65-54.
Luverne grabbed an early 3-0 edge but the Trojans quickly recovered to gain the lead and were in front the rest of the way. Coach Clint Meyer said his team did a good job in handling Luverne’s zone defense, which it played throughout the night, despite not having an extra day of practice to prepare.
Jacari Swinea had 11 points for WHS, while Marenono Opiew chipped in with 10 points and Abagotte Opiew had eight. The Trojans, now 7-2, will have a key showdown Friday night when they host New Ulm.
In girls hockey, Luverne’s high-scoring Kamryn Van Batavia tallied six goals and the Cardinals topped the host Trojans 12-0. Ellisyn Van Batavia had a pair of goals for Luverne and Peyton Behr, Greta McClure, Ella Apel and Rylee Kurtz also scored. The Cardinals are 9-3; Worthington is 2-8.
In the boys hockey game that followed, it was Luverne coming out on top 8-1. The Cardinals are 5-4-1; the Trojans are 1-6.
In area girls basketball Monday night, it was:
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 55, Hills-Beaver Creek 36
Edgerton 55, Red Rock Central 43
Southwest Minnesota Christian 80, Adrian-Ellsworth 30
In area boys basketball:
Westbrook-Walnut Grove 81, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 67
Waseca 48, Fairmont 33
In area girls hockey:
Marshall 3, Windom Area 1
Minnesota River 4, Fairmont 0
In area boys hockey:
Marshall 6, Windom Area 3