USC shocks Blossoms

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 16, 2007

WELLS &8212; As the regular season comes to an end, some teams have nothing to win, and others everything to lose. That was the case Thursday night when the United South Central girls&8217; basketball team, which came in to the game with a 4-11 Gopher Conference record, shocked the

12-3 Blossoms of Blooming Prairie 40-30 in Wells.

The stunning Rebel victory also knocked the Blossoms out of a two-way tie for third in the conference.

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USC&8217;s Lauren Shuster recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Jordan Anderson added 13 points in the Rebels&8217; winning effort.

With the big Gopher Conference win&8217; the Rebels improve to 5-18 overall and 5-11 in the conference. They are back in action Tuesday night when they host Granada-Huntley-East Chain for a non-conference game.

A-C 48, Cleveland 38

ALDEN &8212; The Alden-Conger boys&8217; basketball team knocked off Cleveland Thursday night 48-38 in Alden.

After exploding for 32 first half points and holding Cleveland to just 18, the Knights got outscored in the second 20-16, but still held on for the 10 point Valley Conference win.

Alex Bute led a balanced offensive attack with 15 points and four assists. Other Knights contributing in the winning effort were Anthony Wittmer with eight points and 11 boards, Ryan

Wach with eight points, Paul Little with eight points, and Sam Hallman added seven.

&8220;We played really well in the first half and put a lot of points on the board,&8221; said Knights head coach Bill Hintz. &8220;We did have a little offensive letdown in the second but it was still good enough for the win.&8221;

The Knights improve to 10-7 overall with the win and 7-5 in the Valley Conference standings.

They hit the hardwood again Saturday in LeCenter against an opponent to be determined. A-C will then finish up the regular season at home on Tuesday when they host their bitter rivals from Glenville-Emmons.

The Knights handled the Wolverines easily their first meeting in Glenville, beating G-E by 20, 71-51.