Stewartville rides free throws to win
Stewartville was impressive and nearly perfect at the free throw line Monday night in a 65-53 win over Kingsland in a non-conference boys basketball game at Spring Valley.
The visiting Tigers made 24-of-26 free throws, and Brandon Ness made 12-of-12 and scored a game-high 24 points.
Stewartville took control with a scoring surge late in the first half for a 35-21 lead at intermission. Andy Dass scored 12 points with a three-pointer for the Tigers, and Eric Schroeder added 11 points.
Kingsland freshman Alex Nelson came off the bench to score 10 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. Chris Erichsen had 13 points with a trey and Nick Strike had a pair of three-pointers for the Knights.
Dover-Eyota 56, Elgin-Millville 49 OT/ Mike Hammel scored 23 points, including four important free throws in overtime, to lift Dover-Eyota over visiting Elgin-Millville. Travis Meiners added 13 points for D-E (3-2), and Drew Gernand scored four in the OT. For E-M, Erik Rollie scored 11, and Cullen Johnson scored eight.
Le Roy-Ostrander 45, Kasson-Mantorville 34/ Le Roy-Ostrander pulled away in the second half in a non-conference win at Kasson. L-O outscored K-M 26-17 in the second half. L-O (4-0) got 11 points from Kirk Olson and 10 from Nate O'Groske. For K-M (0-4), Eric Gruhlke scored 13, and John Spiten 11.
Winona Cotter 72, Lanesboro 42/ Justin Huegel scored 18 points for Winona Cotter in the non-conference win, and Chris Mundt got 15. Cotter led at halftime 41-23.
Mabel-Canton 69, Kee High (Iowa) 62/ Mabel-Canton went south of the border, to Lansing, Ia., to get its first win of the season. M-C shot 8-for-14 from the field in the first quarter and led 21-12. Matt Pepin led M-C with 11 points, including a pair of three-pointers to spark the big first quarter. Quinton Sand and Adam Tollefson each added 10 points for M-C (1-5).