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Moenkedick leads Pirates past Comets

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Teresa Moenkedick canned 25 points and dished out 10 assists Feb. 21 as the Verndale Pirates trounced the Hillcrest Comets 64-37.

Elyssa Kern pumped in 13 points for the Pirates, who shot 45 percent from the floor.

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Kelsey Nersten paced the Comets with 15 points.

The Pirates won 12 of their last 13 regular season games and headed into the West Sub-Section 5A with a 19-6 record. Art Schluttner's club is ranked second in their sub-section.

Upsala was ranked No. 1 in the west. Ranked behind the Pirates are Sebeka (3), Menahga (4), Browerville (5), Nevis (6), Bertha-Hewitt (7), Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (8) and Swanville (9).

Isle was ranked No. 1 in the east half of the section, followed by Pine River-Backus (2), East Central (3), Royalton (4), Oglivie (5), Hill City (6), Northland (7), Pillager (8) and Onamia (9).

The West Sub-Section 5A semifinals are set for Saturday in Wadena at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. The East Sub-Section 5A semifinals are slated for 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Saturday in McGregor. The sub-section championship games are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. The site of the west sub-section semifinal game has not been determined. The east sub-section game is set for McGregor.

The Section 5A championship will be decided Friday in a 7 p.m. game at Crosby-Ironton.

VERNDALE (64)

T. Moenkedick 25, J. Glenz 2, S. Moenkedick 4, K. Dailey 3, E. Kern 13, C. Wright 4, S. Glenz 9, K. Schmitz 4. Totals: 26/1 9-11 64

HILLCREST (37)

K. Nersten 15, A. Monacelli 8, M. Aasness 6, L. Tungseth 8. Totals: 18 1-6 37

Verndale 39 25 -- 64

Hillcrest 20 17 -- 37

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