No. 10 Waseca presses past B.E. Area cagers

AIR RORMAN — Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman elevates before firing a one-handed shot over Waseca center Rachel Breck (11) and Brianna Highum (far right) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night in Blue Earth. Waseca guard Gus Boyer (far left) watches the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

AIR RORMAN — Blue Earth Area’s Caitlin Rorman elevates before firing a one-handed shot over Waseca center Rachel Breck (11) and Brianna Highum (far right) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night in Blue Earth. Waseca guard Gus Boyer (far left) watches the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

BLUE EARTH — Even a bout of strep throat could not keep Waseca sophomore guard Gus Boyer down for too long.

Boyer returned to the Class 3A, No. 10-ranked Bluejays’ starting lineup on Tuesday night after a five-day healing hiatus and produced 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and four steals to help pace a 58-35 Big South Conference basketball victory over the Blue Earth Area Bucs in Blue Earth.

Ironically, both Boyer and junior point forward Madison Gehloff — who generated a game-best double-double performance of 18 points and 10 rebounds — experienced first-half foul difficulties as Waseca built a quick 11-1 lead over Blue Earth Area.

The smooth-shooting 5-foot-10 Gehloff sank four free throws and a baseline leaner, in addition to dishing an assist to Taylor Hiller for a 15-foot jumper, while teammate Hannah Potter nailed a 3-pointer to pace the double-digit lead at the 13-minute juncture.

Reegan Howard sank a pair of free throws for the Bucs to halt the Bluejays’ early offensive surge before Boyer later drilled a left-wing trey off a Brianna Highum assist to cap a 7-0 mini-run at 18-3.

“She just returned to practice on Monday after being out of the gym for the previous five days,” Waseca head coach Joan Conway said in reference to the all-motion Boyer. “She’s such a gym rat that she’s probably never been out of the gym for that long.

“She said, ‘That’s a work week I’ve missed, coach.'”

Trailing by 15, junior point forward Caitlin Rorman finally connected for Blue Earth Area’s first field goal of the game at the 10-minute mark. Grace Mensing pocketed one of her team-best three steals and spotted a breaking Rorman for two of her 10 points via a layup.

Rorman followed with a pair of free throws, but Brianna Highum and Boyer later delivered 3s to extend Waseca’s margin to 28-8 with 5 minutes left in the opening half.

Hannah Johnson, who topped the Bucs with 11 points and eight rebounds, breathed some life into the home team by swooshing a trifecta at the buzzer off of a Sofie Blair assist to trim the Bluejays’ lead to 20 again.

Rorman’s deft touch pass-turned-assist to Blair for a low-post lay-in and Hannah Johnson’s 3-pointer during the early stages of the second half helped offset Gehloff’s pull-up 15-footer and later, Boyer’s third 3-pointer of the game.

The Bucs kept within striking distance of the Bluejays during the final 18 minutes, with Waseca outscoring Blue Earth Area, 26-23.

Blue Earth Area (4-4) travels to Mapleton on Thursday night to face Maple River in a nonconference game.

Waseca (8-1) plays host to St. James Area on Thursday in another Big South Conference contest.

Waseca 32-26–58

B.E. Area 12-23–35

B.E. AREA (35)

Rorman 4-11 2-2 10, R. Howard 1-6 2-2 5, L. Norman 0-2 1-2 1, Sofie Blair 1-1 1-2 3, H. Johnson 3-4 3-5 11, Mensing 0-3 0-0 0, Stevermer 0-0 1-2 1, Armon 1-1 0-0 2, Weerts 0-3 0-0 0, Osmundson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 10-33 12-15 35.

WASECA (58)

Gehloff 5-16 6-6 18, Potter 2-4 0-0 5, Breck 2-5 4-6 8, T. Hiller 3-9 0-0 6, Boyer 4-7 1-2 12, Highum 2-5 0-1 5, Altman 1-2 0-3 2, J. Hiller 0-3 0-0 0, Rodriguez 1-1 0-0 2, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 11-18 58.

3-pointers: Waseca 7-17 (Boyer 3-6, Gehloff 2-5, Highum 1-2, Potter 1-2, T. Hiller 0-2); B.E. Area 3-9 (H. Johnson 2-3, R. Howard 1-5, Rorman 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Waseca 30 (Gehloff 10); B.E. Area 25 (H. Johnson 8). Assists: Waseca 10 (Highum 3); B.E. Area 7 (Rorman 3). Steals: Waseca 15 (Boyer and Highum 4 each); B.E. Area 7 (Mensing 3).

Martin County West 69, Madelia 19 — Alyssa Williamson produced a game-high 15 points to pace a balanced Mavericks’ offensive effort in stampeding the Blackhawks by 50 points during Valley Conference action Tuesday night in Sherburn.

Williamson also doled out three assists, while Karlee Thiesse garnered three steals and contributed 10 points to a lineup that featured 11 players reaching the scoring column.

Madison Klima tallied nine points to complement three assists and three steals for MCW, while Maia Taylor contributed eight points and four steals to the win.

Cheyenne Owens supplied seven points, a game-high nine steals and five rebounds to the Mavericks’ top-notch performance, Claire Clifford tallied five points, Renae Eckmann collected four points, a game-best five assists, seven steals and four boards, while Lexie Lange added four points.

Thejen Luoth scored 13 points to top Madelia.

Martin County West (6-1) plays host to United South Central on Thursday night in Sherburn. Madelia (0-6) plays host to Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Thursday night.

Madelia 9-10–19

MCW 41-28–69

St. Clair 65, Granda-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther 47 — Olivia Drummer produced a game-high 22 points to lead the Cyclones over the Jaguars during Valley Conference action Thursday night in St. Clair.

Cassidy Anderegg contributed 13 points in the win, while Megan Mettler netted eight points for St. Clair.

Macy Quinn provided the Jaguars with 21 points. Marissa Steinhaus notched eight points and Lydia Steinhaus made seven points.

The Jaguars made 10 of 19 free throws and the Cyclones made 22 of 28 free throws.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther (0-5, 0-3 Valley) hosts Springfield at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Truman.

Boys Basketball

Pipestone Area 70, Martin County West 51 — Carter Colemer notched 20 points to lead the Arrows to a 19-point victory over the Mavericks in Pipestone during Tuesday night basketball action.

Josh Tinklenberg had eight points for the Arrows.

MCW’s Cole Owens made nine points, and Matt Holm and Cam Dressen scored made six points to finish the night.

The Mavericks went 15-for-33 from 2-point range, made 5 of 15 from 3-point distance and made 6 out of 6 free throws.

The Arrows went 14-for-23 from 2-point range, made 11 of 26 from beyond the arc and went 9-for-13 at the foul line.

Martin County West (2-3) plays Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in Janesville.

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