The No. 13 Blooming Prairie girls basketball team "got a HUGE win tonight against the No. 4 team in Class A on the road," wrote BP coach John Bruns in his recap Friday night. The Awesome Blossoms had a stellar second half to rally for a 43-42 win in Waterville against WEM. BP surrendered just 12 points after halftime and took their only lead of the second half with eight seconds left.

"We trailed most of the first half and had a few defensive breakdowns that led to five first-half three's for WEM. We made some nice adjustments at halftime and played outstanding defense. That defense allowed us to creep back in the game behind 16 second-half points from Megan Oswald. The last two were with eight seconds to go to give us our first lead of the second half."

Oswald had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Bobbie Bruns scored nine and had five assists and four steals. Allison Krohnberg had four points and eight rebounds.

BP (7-1 overall, 6-0 Gopher Conference) hosts Kenyon-Wanamingo Tuesday. WEM is 5-1 in league play now.

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The Owatonna boys basketball squad also turned in an impressive second half to pull away from Winona 70-49 Friday night at OHS. The Huskies led 36-32 at the break and outscored the Winhawks 34-17 in the second half.

The Huskies forced about 20 turnovers. Evan Dushek had 20 points and 18 rebounds. Brayden Williams scored 18. Payton Beyer also had 18 points with a couple of dunks along the way.

It was senior night for Owatonna. The Huskies go to Albert Lea Tuesday.

Scoreboard for Friday, February 12
Boys basketball
Owatonna 70, Winona 49
Hayfield 69, NRHEG 48
Mankato West 71, Mankato East 54
Triton 54, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 49
WEM 44, Blooming Prairie 38
Waseca 83m, Fairmont 46

Girls basketball
Austin 65, John Marshall 53
Bethlehem Academy 66, United South Central 53
Blooming Prairie 43, WEM 42
Hayfield 60, NRHEG 50
Mankato West 63, Mankato East 53
Northfield 72, Century 69
Rochester Mayo 65, Red Wing 58
Waseca 40, Fairmont 35

Girls hockey
Warroad 7, Dodge County

Junior hockey
Wisconsin Rapids 6, Steele County 4

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