Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
Ortonville 78, Hancock 73
HANCOCK – DaVonte Edwards had 32 points with 15 rebounds and Ortonville took over sole possession of first place in the Pheasant Conference with a 78-73 win over Hancock.
The game featured 18 lead changes with plenty of drama, and although the Owls shot 47 percent, the Trojans got second chance points with a 45-25 rebounding advantage, and held on late with clutch free throws.
Caden Wellnitz had 10 points with 10 rebound, Tyson Powell added 14 points for the Trojans who are 8-1, 4-0 in the Pheasant Conference.
Cole Reese paced the Owls with 19 points, Bennett Nienhaus had 17, Peyton Rohloff added 12, and Preston Rohloff chipped in with 10 points and seven boards off the bench.
The Owls are 8-2 overall, 3-1 in conference.
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 72, Benson 51
BENSON – Camden Arndt and Jaret Johnson each scored 19 points to lead Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta past Benson 72-51.
Arndt was 7-13 shooting with four assists, while Johnson hit 5-6 threes and the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Jackson Loge posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Zach Hughes added nine points for the Tigers who are 4-6, 3-4 in the West Central Conference.
Benson is 2-8 overall, 1-5 in conference.
West Central Area 82, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 52
WHEATON – West Central Area shot 50 percent from the floor in a 82-52 win over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.
The Knights got 18 points with seven assists from Grant Beuckens, Jack Van Kempen added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Knights who are 9-3, the Warriors fell to 3-7.
Canby 60, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 37
Ashby 74, Park Christian 72 (OT)
Melrose 43, Minnewaska 32
Montevideo 67, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 64
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 60, Ortonville 44
ORTONVILLE – Riley Decker hit 4-6 threes to finish with 16 points and lead Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta past Ortonville 60-44.
Sophia Carlsen had 12 points with six rebounds, Maddie Carrington added 10 with four assists, while Malory Anderson scored eight with 11 rebounds for the Tigers who shot 44 percent. The Tigers are 6-5 while the Trojans fall to 5-5.
Parkers Prairie 62, Brandon-Evansville 34
BRANDON – Brandon-Evansville was held to just 27 percent shooting and lost to Parkers Prairie 62-34 in a matchup of the Little Eight Conference’s elite.
The Panthers left no doubt who the team to beat is, keeping the Chargers without a player in double-figures scoring to improve to 11-0, 5-0 in conference.
Kristen Kokett had eight points for the Chargers who fall to 9-2, 4-1 in conference.
Swanville 62, Hancock 54
Underwood 71, Ashby 55
Hillcrest 60, Rothsay 58
Henning 60, Battle Lake 50
Melrose 66, Montevideo 37
MAHACA, 36, Benson 33
ACGC 42, MAHACA 32