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SENTINEL TRIBUNE SPORTS Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Page 9 Lady Chargers season comes to an end By Sheryl Woelber, points and the final was coach WWG 61, Edgerton 48. With the win, the Chargers earned the right to play Southwest Christian (#2) on Saturday at 2:30 in Worthington. WWG knew that the game was going to be tough after having been defeated by the Red Rock Conference Champs earlier in the season (47-77): The Chargers came out play- ing with great attitudes and excellent defense, but the Eagles were just too much for the Chargers. The half time score was SWC 31, WWG 17 and the final was SWC 69, WWG 33. Erickson finished with 14 points and Woelber added 12 points (3-3pointers). Comnick added 5 points and grabbed a team high 7 rebounds. She also had 2 blocks in the game. The Chargers end their season with a record of 11-13 overall and an 8-8 record in the Red Rock Conference. The Lady Chargers hosted Mt. Lake Area on Monday, Feb. 18 for their last regular season game and were finally able to defeat the Wolverines. Mt. Lake had won the 2 previous contests earlier in the season. WWG's excel- lent team defense in the 2nd half gave them what they needed on offense to get the game going in their favor. The Chargers found themselves down by 9 at halftime, 20-29. After halftime adjustments were made, WWG came out with a little more fire and a lot of hustle on defense to hold Mt. Lake to 16 points. The final score was WWG 56, Mt. Lake 45. Paige Erickson lead the Chargers with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. Elizabeth Woelber contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Kelsi Wahl and Dayna Comnick both scored 9 points apiece Lady Charger Kelsi Wahl put up a shot against Edgerton last Thursday night in the first round of the sectional tourney. and grabbed 13 rebounds between the two of them. Abby Herding chipped in 6 points and Mady Lady Charger Dayna Comnick looked to pass the ball in tournament action Saturday at Worthington. Johnson added 4 points. The Chargers (#7) then hosted Edgerton (# 10) on Thursday, Feb. 21 for the first round of subsection play. WWG had lost to Edgerton one week earli- er, so they were looking forward to the opportu- nity to try and take down the Flying Dutchmen to earn the right to play on Super Saturday in Worthington. The Chargers had a difficult time getting shots to fall in the first half. Edgerton's scrappy defense contributed to this. WWG did lead by 6 before half, but Edgerton came back in the last 3 minutes to tie , i5-25. The game came down to freethrows in the second half as the Chargers made 17/22 free shots (77%) throughout the half. They were also able to get three 3-point- ers from Woelber (2) and Comnick(1) to spark the offense. The Charger defense held Edgerton to 23 points in the half com- pared to the Chargers 36 II Lady Charger Kelsi Wahl blocked a shot against Southwest Christian in section 3A tournament play at Worthington. Lady Charger Paige Erickson puts up a shot early in the game against Southwest Christian last Saturday in the section 3A tourney at Worthington. Charger boys earn conference split By Derek Jenniges, Coach Red Rock Central 62 WWG 53 OT Tuesday evening the Chargers traveled to Lamberton for conference battle with the rival Falcons. With both teams still bat- tling for playoff position- ing, the game was sure to be another classic Charger/ Falcon matchup. Red Rock Central grabbed an early nine point advantage as WWG struggled to convert a handful of open shot attempts. The Chargers kept themselves in the con- test with solid defense and strong rebounding. WWG closed the gap to 23-20 with just under 5:00 to play in the first half, but failed to convert on their next seven offensive possessions and went into the locker room trailing 28-20. The Chargers stuck to their game plan out of the locker room in the second half and played much better transition defense in the second half as they gradually clawed their way back into the game. Reed Bakken con- verted an old school three point play with 5:30 to play that provided the Chargers their first lead of the game at 40-39. The Charger allowed only 11 Falcons points for the first 13 min- utes of the second half and built a lead of 43-39 before RRC answered with a cou- ple key baskets of their own. The two teams traded scores and stops over the next few minutes. WWG used a timeout with :33 sec- onds to play trailing 50-47. The Chargers got a good look at a three out of the timeout, the shot was long and the rebound was tipped out by Andy Merrick into the hands of Shane Buchman. Buchman took one dribble and knocked down a game tying three pointer with :l 5 seconds remaining. The Chargers were able to hold off the Falcons on their final pos- session of regulation, send- ing the game into overtime. It was the fourth overtime game of the season for WWG. RRC made a three point shot on their first pos- session of overtime and WWG started the extra ses- sion 0-6 from the field. The Falcons made enough free throws to keep the Chargers in their rear view mirror as time disappeared and gave the Falcons their seventh straight victory over the Chargers. Buchman led the Chargers with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Alex Knutson added 18 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds. Taylor Lindaman 6, Reed Bakken 6 (8 rebounds), Walker Christians 2, and Andy Merrick 1 (9 rebounds, 5 assists) rounded out the scoring for WWG. WWG 87 SWU 77 Friday night the Chargers hosted the Southwest United Wildcats in their last regular season home game. The Wildcats had defeated the Chargers twice earlier in the season, but Friday's matchup was the first game the Chargers were playing at full health. WWG with- stood an early run as SWU lead 12-6. The Chargers, whose first three baskets were from three point range, tied the game at 16-16 behind 11 early points from Taylor Lindaman. Lindaman continued his hot start with the next five WWG points and at the 7:00 mark the Chargers had a 21-18 lead. The remain- der of the first half played back and forth as the teams went into halfiime tied 29-29. The second half started with a Charger blast with a Reed Bakken comer three and the fans in the stands were treated with something that is very rare to come by in high school basketball. The Chargers WWG Charger Aaron Hass put up a shot against Southwest United last Friday night. exploded for 58 second half points, including 17-20 from the field and 20-27 from the free throw line. With the score tied at 36-36, Lindaman scored a layup and went to the free throw attempting to convert a three point play. The free throw was off the mark, but the rebound went to Shane Buchman who assisted Reed Bakken for another three pointer giving WWG a 41-36 lead. The Chargers built a lead of 69-59 and followed with a 7-0 run capped off by Lindman's fourth three of the game, making the score 76-59. The Chargers made 15-16 free throws in the final min- utes to secure their 9th win of the season. Lindaman led the way with a career high 33 points. Alex Knutson 15 (7 assists), Reed Bakken 14, and Aaron Hass 11 also scored in dou- ble figures for WWG. Matt Otto 6, Andy Merrick 4 (7 assists), and Shane Buchman 4 (10 rebound) rounded out the scoring for the Chargers. The Chargers finished the regular season at HBC on Monday. They have received the 7th seed in sec- tion 3A south and will host Murray County Central on Thursday evening in Westbrook at 7:00 p.m. The winner of this game advanc- es to play #2 seed RTR in Worthington on Saturday at 2:30.