WWG 24-40 = 64
SWC 27-29 = 56
Westbrook-Walnut Grove controlled the tempo and broke through the pressure Thursday night, knocking off top-seeded Southwest Minnesota Christian 64-56 in the Section 3A South playoffs at Worthington.
The Chargers trailed by three at halftime, but put together a nearly-flawless second half on both ends of the floor. WWG quickly tied the game at 32-32, the pulled ahead on a three-pointer from Brady Ross.
SWC eventually tied the game back up at 49-49, but a bucket and a three-pointer from Cole VanDeWiele gave WWG a lead it would not relinquish. A three-point play from Austin Parker stretched the lead to 57-51. Kole Curry’s bucket made the score 59-53 and WWG scored its final five points from the free throw line to seal the win.
All five Charger starters scored in double figures, led by Curry with 17 points. Ross scored 13, Dan Kleven had 12, and VanDeWiele and Parker each scored 11.
With the win, WWG advances to face second-seeded Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in the Section 3A South championship game, which will be played Saturday at 6 p.m. at SMSU in Marshall.
MLAC 16-30 = 46
MCW 19-18 = 37
Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey dominated the second half Thursday night, pulling away to defeat top-seeded Martin County West 46-37 in the Section 2A South playoffs at Lake Crystal.
Both teams struggled from the field much of the night in a low-scoring game. MCW held a three-point halftime lead.
But in the second half, the Wolverine offense came to life, sparked by Carter Olson and Damon Khamvongsa. Olson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, while Khamvongsa added eight of his 17 points over the final 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Wolverine defense suffocated MCW’s offense, holding the Mavericks to 27% shooting for the game. Only two MCW players scored in the second half. The Wolverines held MCW scoreless for a six-minute stretch of the second half, during which MLAC gained the lead and stretched it to seven points.
Khamvongsa led the Wolverines with 17 points in the win. Olson added 15 points.
With the win, the Wolverines advance to the Section 2A South championship game, which will be played March 15 at St. Peter High School, beginning at roughly 7:45 p.m. The fourth-seeded Wolverines will take on sixth-seeded Madelia, which knocked off third-seeded Mankato Loyola 73-57.
Next games: Check for updates after each game.
MLAC: vs. Madelia (at St. Peter), March 15
WWG: vs. RTR (at SMSU, Marshall), March 12