Girls' basketball Jaguars win OT thriller

...stumbles at EV-W

In a battle for second place in the Central Minnesota Conference, with both teams trying to stay in contention for first place, the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa girls' basketball team had their hands full on Thursday, January 14. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, while just 4-9 overall, sat in a tie with the Jaguars at 3-1 in the CMC and brought a hot three-point shooting game to town for Parents Night.

A back-and-forth affair played out, but the Jaguars ultimately prevailed by a 73-71 score in overtime.

Altogether the game had four lead changes in the first half, seven lead changes in the second half and two lead changes in overtime. It was a must-win game, with the Jaguars remaining just one game out of first place in the CMC behind front-runner Kimball Area.

A much-anticipated game at Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday, January 19 didn't go as planned, with the Eagles ahead by nine points at halftime on their way to a 69-60 win.

Central Minnesota Conference standings:

1st) Kimball Area 6-0 (13-2)

2nd) EV-W 4-1 (8-5)

3rd, tie) B-B-E 4-2 (10-3) & HL-W-W 4-2 (5-12)

5th) Holdingford 3-3 (7-8)

6th, tie) Maple Lake 1-5 (4-9) & Pierz 1-5 (4-9)

8th) Paynesville 0-6 (1-11)

This week the Jaguars (10-3 overall) travel to Holdingford (7-8, 3-3) and then to Hancock (6-4, 0-1 Pheasant Conference) next Tuesday for a non-conference game. On Thursday, Jan. 28, the Jaguars host Pierz (4-9, 1-5).

To read all about these games, get a copy of the Jan. 21 issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.


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