Dauphinais, Littleghost leads Four Winds/Minnewaukan over Benson County, setting up showdown with unbeaten Rugby.
MINNEWAUKAN — Myona Dauphinais and Riah Littleghost each finished with 14 points apiece, Jasmine Lohnes and Latasha Bellile also scored in double figures as the Four Winds/Minnewaukan Indians cruised past Benson County 73-34 Tuesday night in a District 7 matchup from Carlson Court.
It was the first game for the Indians since Dec. 22 (a win against Warwick) so despite the 39 point win, head coach Sean Gourd was worried about rust.
“It had been 17 days since we last played a game and it showed as far as offensively,” Gourd said. “We had a few bad possessions, turnovers and whatnot but that was just a lot of rust.”
There were few moments when the layoff was evident. Coming out of the locker room for the second half, the Wildcats opened the third quarter holding the Indians scoreless over the first two minutes. However, the Wildcats only scored four points during that span and wasn’t able to make any headway into the lead.
“We were hustling. We got tired, they got tired and as long as they are working hard for the most part, I’m happy,” said Gourd.
The Indians (8-2) jumped out to a 13-2 lead, holding Benson County without a field goal until 2:09 remaining in the first quarter when Quinn Neppl was able to get a basket to fall. The points up until then came from two made free throws by Kearyn Nelson. The Indians led 24-7 after one period and was up 26 after the first half.
“It was the turnovers and lack of hustle — we have to work harder,” said Wildcats coach Kent Neppl.
Quinn Neppl scored a team high 14 points and Katlyn Bingham added 10 for Benson County which fell to 4-7.
Lohnes finished with 13 points, scoring nine in the first half. Bellile had 11 for the Indians.
“It’s a nice game to get back into a rhythm. We have a big game on Saturday,” Gourd said.
The Indians will host Rugby out of District 11. The fourth-ranked Panthers (10-0) will go into Fort Totten Saturday coming off an 69-point beating of Drake-Anamoose Tuesday night.
“That’s going to be a big game for us. We lost last year by one at the very end and I know we can play with them and the girls know that too so they’re pretty pumped up about it,” said Gourd.
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Benson County at FW/M box score
Benson County 7 9 11 7 — 34
Four Winds/Minn. 24 18 16 15 — 73
BENSON COUNTY (4-7) Neppl 14, Bingham 10, Schwanke 6, Nelson 4, Anderson 0, Maddox 0, Tofsrud 0, Tollerud 0, Williams 0. Totals 14 4-8 34.
FOUR WINDS/MINNEWAUKAN (8-2) Dauphinais 14, Littleghost 14, Lohnes 13, Bellile 11, H. Keo 7, Deng 6, Rainbow 6, Alberts 2, Black 0, M. Keo 0, Robertson 0. Totals 31 11-14 73.