JCC 39-34 = 73
Windom 30-41 = 71
The Windom boys basketball team erased a 17-point second-half deficit Thursday night to take the lead, but Jackson County Central’s free throw shooting late proved to be the difference in a 73-71 Huskies win at Windom.
JCC led by nine at halftime and quickly stretched the lead to 49-32 to start the first half, but the Eagles answered with a 27-9 run, taking a 59-58 lead with seven minutes to go in the game.
The Huskies regained the lead with the Eagles battling back within a point on several occasions late. But JCC went 15-of-18 from the free throw line for the game, with most of those coming in the second half.
A pair of free throws gave JCC a 73-69 lead before an Eagle basket cut the score to 73-71. After forcing a JCC turnover late, the Eagles had the ball with time winding down, but could not get a clean look at the basket, resulting in a final desperation three-point try sailing wide.
Henry Erickson led the Eagles with 20 points in the loss. Teigan Wormstadt poured in a career-high 18 points, Dylan Serreyn scored 12 and Abe McKibbin added 10.
AE 20-19 = 39
MLAC 32-28 = 60
Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey turned in a strong defensive performance Thursday night, leading to a 60-39 victory over Adrian-Ellsworth at Mt. Lake.
The Wolverines forced 22 Dragon turnovers in the game and held AE to 22% shooting from the field.
Meanwhile, MLAC was able to build a double-digit halftime lead and maintain it throughout the second half.
Carter Olson led a balanced Wolverine attack with 13 points. Ashton Toll added 12 points.
Next games: Check for updates after each game.
Windom: at Blue Earth Area, Jan. 29
MLAC: at HLOF (Okabena), Jan. 29
RRC: at Sleepy Eye, Jan. 28
WWG: at Edgerton, Jan. 29