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AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL: Pillager routs Hill City for first win

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PILLAGER — Paige Leifermann tallied 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Pillager to its first win of the season as the Huskies routed Hill City 58-24 in Thursday’s non-conference game.

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The victory ended Pillager’s 15-game losing streak this season.

Carly Bell netted 16 points and collected eight steals as the Huskies snapped a 39-game regular-season losing skid that dated back to Feb. 24, 2011.

Hill City 9 15 — 24

Pillager 37 21 — 58

HILL CITY

Mandi McNeil 2, Jenna Ihle 3, Jessica Ihle 2, Emily Bounds 5, Courtney Welk 7, Carly Welk 6, Hallie Bishop 2.

PILLAGER

Danielle Pikus 1, Jade Massie 2, Gabby Martin 2, Carly Bell 16, Autumn Borders 2, Paige Leifermann 11, Lacy Hiltner 14, Sarah Neururer 8, Dawn Swartz 2. FT 14-26 (54 percent). Overall: 1-15. Next: hosts Pine River-Backus 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Staples-Motley 70,

Crosby-Ironton 47

STAPLES — Kyann Nyhus scored 14 points to lead Class 2A’s seventh-ranked Staples-Motley Cardinals in a 70-47 Mid-State Conference victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Thursday.

Jasmine McGillivray added 12 points and Kelly Pearson followed with 10 for Staples-Motley, which has won three straight and seven of its last eight games.

Chelsey Bonsante scored a game-high 18 points for the Rangers, who lost to the Cardinals 67-44 on Dec. 11.

Shannon Lundgren added 10 points and 12 rebounds and Meredith Silgen scored 10 points for C-I.

Staples-Motley 39 31 — 70

Crosby-Ironton 24 23 — 47

STAPLES-MOTLEY

Chelcee Shereck 4, Jaelin Beachy 4, Mackenzie Holst 8, Mikayla Wing 9, Kaitlin Spar 2, Kelly Pearson 10, Kyann Nyhus 14, Grace Wolhowe 5, Jasmine McGillivray 12. FG 26-59 (44 percent), FT 3-6 (50 percent). Conference: 8-0. Overall: 13-4. Next: hosts Pierz 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

CROSBY-IRONTON

Lauren Peterson 3, Madison Berg 2, Chelsey Bonsante 18, Bailey Swensen 2, Meredith Silgen 10, Shannon Lundgren 10, Cyan Hale 2. FG 17-45 (37 percent), FT 8-16 (50 percent). Conference: 3-4. Overall: 8-10. Next: hosts Aitkin 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Wadena-DC 50,

Dilworth-G-F 47

WADENA — Emily Miron tallied 16 points and 14 rebounds and Caitlin Volkmann added 15 points as the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines beat the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 50-47 in a non-conference game Thursday.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 18 29 — 47

Wadena-Deer Creek 21 29 — 50

DILWORTH-GLYNDON-FELTON

Ally Reno 2, Katie Highness 4, Kinzie Molstre 10, Keasha Molstre 2, Sierra Senske 8, Mandy Mercil 21. FT 3-15 (20 percent).

WADENA-DEER CREEK

Hope Theisen 4, Sydney Schissel 7, Caitlin Volkmann 15, Emily Miron 16, Courtney Dumpprope 2, Melissa Moenkedick 6. FT 8-13 (62 percent). Overall: 11-8. Next: hosts Pequot Lakes 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Isle 63, Aitkin 58

AITKIN — Mikayla Michaletz scored 23 points for the Aitkin Gobblers who lost a shot at sharing the Great River Conference title with Braham after suffering a 65-58 loss to the Isle Huskies Thursday.

Melissa Paulson added 13 points for the Gobblers, who had won the last five straight and 12 of their last 13 games.

Isle 34 31 — 65

Aitkin 23 35 — 58

ISLE

Amber Zimpel 27, Andrea Zimpel 3, Jennifer Mittet 6, Morgan Voss 1, Tember Cooper 5, Mckenzie Blood 1, Andrea Eye 11, Taylor Gulseth 4, Cassie Walters 4. FT 20-31 (64 percent).

AITKIN

Bailey Nordean 4, Madison Newton 5, Melissa Paulson 13, Megan Welshons 6, Cassie Sandberg 5, Lisa Anderson 2, Mikayla Michaletz 23. FT 18-23 (78 percent). Conference: 7-3. Overall: 15-4. Next: at Crosby-Ironton 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Foley 55, Little Falls 29

LITTLE FALLS — Jamie Jenks tallied 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for Little Falls as the Flyers fell to Foley 55-29 in Thursday’s Granite Ridge Conference game.

Little Falls has now lost four of its last five games.

Foley beat the Flyers 57-34 on Dec. 18.

FOLEY

FG 24-47 (51 percent), FT 5-7 (71 percent). 3-point 2-8 (25 percent).

LITTLE FALLS

Laura Moe 5, Kendra Pohlman 4, Gabby Nouis 2, Jamie Jenks 16, Melanie Dorn 2 . FG 11-47 (23 percent), FT 7-9 (78 percent). 3-point 0-4. Conference: 3-7. Overall: 3-16. Next: at St. Cloud Cathedral 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Upsala 52,

Pine River-Backus 51

PINE RIVER — Aimee Pelzer was fouled on the in-bounds pass with 5.2 seconds left and sank both free throws to push Upsala past Pine-River Backus 52-51 in Thursday’s non-conference game.

Brittany Kelley led the Tigers with 17 points as PR-B saw its nine-game winning streak end.

Pelzer led the 16-1 Cardinals with 26 points.

“Hopefully we get another chance to play them,” Tigers coach Randy Schwegel said.

Upsala 23 30 — 52

Pine River-Backus 23 28 — 51

UPSALA

Brooke Westrich 2, Aimee Pelzer 26, Sara Herzog 9, Tracy Herzog 16. FG 20-51 (39 percent), FT 9-20.

PINE RIVER-BACKUS

Kendra Brasel 7, Brooke Richards , Tatum Sheley 10, Brittany Kelley 17, Megan Felthous 7, Journee Howard 3, Autumn Ackerman 7. FG 19-50 (38 percent), FT 12-18 (67 percent). 3-point 1-10 . Overall: 13-3. Next: vs. Clearbrook-Gonvick at Clearbrook 2 p.m. Friday.

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