Windom 28-35 = 63
Luverne 35-21 = 56
The Windom boys basketball team turned in its best defensive half of basketball at the best time Saturday night, rallying for a 63-56 victory over top-seeded Luverne in the Section 3AA playoffs at Luverne.
The Eagles trailed by seven at the break, but held the Cardinals to 21 second-half points. Meanwhile, the Eagle offense went to work inside, with 11 of the team’s 13 second-half field goals coming in the lane.
Dylan Serreyn led the Eagles with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Conner Redman added 14 points and Austin Doorenbos finished with 11 points. Henry Erickson had nine points and 13 assists in the win.
HLOF 33-20 = 53
WWG 41-27 = 68
Westbrook-Walnut Grove raced to a halftime lead and answered every rally by Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda Saturday, claiming a 68-53 victory in the Section 3A playoffs at Westbrook.
The Chargers were able to build a solid lead early. Ethan Mischke scored 19 first half points and Hunter Lien added 11 early points for the Chargers.
HLOF hit a three-pointer late in the first half, cutting the Charger lead to five. But a three-quarter-court heave at the horn by WWG’s Brady Ross found nothing but net, giving WWG a 41-33 halftime edge.
In the second half, WWG’s defense limited HLOF’s scoring chances, as the Coyotes went cold from the field. Meanwhile, Lien continued his hot shooting and Nathan Kuehl hit three key buckets.
Mischke and Lien each scored 23 points in the win for the Chargers. Kuehl added 14 points in the victory.
WEM 22-24 = 46
MLAC 16-21 = 37
Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey had one of its toughest nights from the field of the season Saturday night as the Wolverines dropped a 46-37 decision to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown in the Section 2A playoffs at Mt. Lake.
The Wolverines shot 33% from the field, 17% from three-point range and were a chilly 4-of-10 from the free throw line in the game.
The poor shooting allowed WEM to take a six-point halftime lead. The Bucs sealed the win with Domanik Paulson hitting eight free throws in the second half.
Damon Khamvongsa led the Wolverines with 12 points. Ethan Nickel finished with eight points.
Next games: Check for updates after each game.
Windom: at Pipestone, March 23
WWG: at SWC (Edgerton), March 23