BASKETBALL BRIEFS

‘When dust settled, we gained the respect of a good team’

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood boys basketball coach Todd Hosford challenged his team Thursday night to play more physical and bigger than they are against Central Cass.

Challenge accepted as the Warbirds made it difficult for the Squirrels to get into any rhythm.

In the end, Central Cass edged W-L 43-40. Hosford said the difference was that his Warbirds didn’t handle the Squirrel pressure.

“They are long and athletic, and did a nice job of making us take tough shots,” Hosford said.

When going against teams that are bigger and stronger, short shots are not easy, but his Warbirds still need to do a better job of converting a higher percentage of those, he said. “I think when the dust settled, we gained the respect of a pretty good team, a team that is going to contend for a top three or four seed in my eyes,” Hosford said.

CC: Dixon 20, Lietz 7, Warrey 5, Koetz 4, Robinson 3, Lietz 2, Koetz 2.

WL: Braaten 10, Frolek 9, Bohnenstingl 8, Petermann 8, Buchholz 3, Frankki 2.

Turnovers costly to Tigers against Bulldogs and Cadets

Tri-State was out-rebounded and committed too many turnovers Thursday night against Milnor-North Sargent, said coach Kevin Jackson.

Trailing for most of the game, that didn’t stop the Tigers from fighting their way through all four quarters, Jackson said. But, M-NS was too much and walked away with an 84-47 win.

A week ago the Tigers fell 40-37 against Sargent Central in a game delayed because of a blizzard. Turnovers again were costly, Jackson said, especially since his Tigers came out sluggish. Taiha Lick led her team in both games with 18 points against the Bulldogs and 17 against the Cadets.

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