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Bethel's Hot Shooting Carries Otter Boys Past Willmar

By Craig Olson, 03/01/22, 11:15PM CST


Henry Bethel led four Fergus Falls players in double figures on Tuesday night as the Otters snapped a four game losing skid with a 67-50 win over the Willmar Cardinals.  Bethel scored 19 of his game high 25 points in the first half, hitting all four of his 3-pointers in that half.  He went 7-for-8 from the free throw line as the Otters finished the night making 16-of-21 foul shots, including 12-of-13 in the second half.

Luke Newman scored 18 points, snagged 5 rebounds and dished out 4 assists for the Otters.  Kaden Conklin had 10 points and 5 rebounds, and Elliot Pribbenow scored 10 points.  Erik Hanson and Owen Hanson added 4 rebounds each and Bethel also had 4 boards.

Fergus Falls led 38-25 at the half, extended their lead to 21 at one point in the second half and weathered a second half comeback attempt by Willmar that saw the Otters lead cut to 9 points.

Blake Schoolmeester was the only Willmar player to reach double digits with 10 points.  Willmar struggled with their shooting throughout the game.

Fergus Falls (9-14) has three more games on the schedule this week, including a makeup game at Sauk Rapids-Rice at six o’clock on Wednesday night.  They will host Rocori on Friday night and Alexandria at 1:30pm Saturday.