State girls quarterfinal roundup: Upsets sprung by White Bear Lake, Thief River Falls
Highlights of the state girls basketball tournament quarterfinals include upsets by White Bear Lake over No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville in 4A and Thief River Falls over No. 1 Hutchinson in 3A, along with a duel of two reigning state champions which Hopkins won over Park Center. Following are capsules on the quarterfinals.
CLASS 1A QUARTERFINALS
Top-ranked, top-seeded Goodhue (28-4) took a 14-0 lead and coasted past first-time state entrant Sacred Heart of East Grand Forks 77-46. Maddy Miller logged 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists in just 19 minutes on the court. Taylor Larson had 11 points and five assists. For Sacred Heart (28-2), Michele Remer scored 23 points.
Wheaton-Herman-Norcross, in its first state tournament game since 1987 when Wheaton went, thumped Cromwell-Wright 70-55 with Briona Edwards scoring 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting. Emma Schmidt supplied 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, and Jordan Stafford 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, for the Warriors (29-2). Bailey Gronner notched 19 points and five 3-pointers for Cromwell-Wright (27-4).
Mountain Iron-Buhl sank five of its first six 3-pointers and raced to a 43-15 halftime lead on the way to a 70-37 conquest of Sleepy Eye. The No. 2 seeded Rangers (28-2) were led by 2,000-point scorer Chelsea Mason with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting (3-for-6 on three’s). May Buffetta added 12, all from outside the arc (4-for-8) and Mary Burke 11. They finished 11-for-22 from long range. Sarah Ibarra led Sleepy Eye (28-3) with 16 points.
Two of the peppiest teams in the state were tied 47-47 at halftime, with Maranatha Christian (25-6) of Brooklyn Park pulling away from Southwest Christian (27-2) of Edgerton for a freewheeling 91-79 win —with the Jarnot sisters combining for 65 points. Jaclyn Jarnot, sophomore forward, logged 33 points, 16 rebounds, eight steals and four blocks, while Alaina Jarnot, senior point guard, delivered 31 points, 14 assists and four steals. Sami Payne added 17 points and Kylie Post 11 for the Mustangs, who forced 30 turnovers. They outscored the Eagles 37-19 in points off turnovers and 22-2 on fast breaks. SWC (27-2), driving to the hoop relentlessly, got 30 points from Chantel Groen with Maria Talsma adding 16 and Emily Nerem 14.
CLASS 2A QUARTERFINALS
Top-ranked Plainview-Elgin-Millville repelled Holy Family Catholic 59-38, holding the Fire to 12 field goals in 64 attempts. Haylee Dessner notched 12 points, Chloe Holtz 11 and Sarah Hart 10 with seven assists and eight rebounds. Emmaline Polson snagged 13 rebounds and scored eight points.
PEM (29-1) will face 4th-seeded Roseau (28-3) in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m., pitting their staunch defense against the Rams’ 81-ppg offense.
Roseau wheeled past Pequot Lakes 78-64 with Kiley Borowicz delivering 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Ivy Braaten added 14 points and Kacie Borowicz 11 with seven assists. Haley Wiebolt tallied 22, Karli Skog 16 and Corina Ruud 13 for Pequot Lakes (27-4), which stayed in the game shooting 7-for-13 on three’s with Wiebolt 4-for-8.
Second-seeded Sauk Centre (29-1) cruised 70-51 over Norwood Young America (26-4). Madison Greenwaldt had all 21 of her points in the first half, including 5-for-10 three-point shooting, as the Mainstreeters took a 45-23 ldea. Maesyn Thiesen added 14 points and Kelsey Peschel and Jill Klaphake 10 each.
The Mainstreters face New London-Spicer, whom they’ve beaten earlier, in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m.
New London-Spicer (24-6) tripped No. 3 seed Minnehaha Academy 58-44, holding the Redhawks (25-4) to 25 percent shooting. Senior center Megan Thorson logged 17 points and 10 rebounds while soph guard Shea Oman had 13 points and six assists. NLS was 6-for-16 on three’s that helped them beat back a couple of Redhawk rallies in the second half. Terra Rhoades scored 22 points and Sarah Kaminski 12 for Minnehaha Academy. Kaminsky, the Redbirds scoring leader, was sick to her stomach during the day and shot just 2-for-16.
CLASS 3A QUARTERFINALS
Thief River Falls upended top-seeded Hutchinson 61-59 in a duel of attrition that saw each team missing two key players at the end and Hutchinson’s top scorer playing only three minutes. TRF (23-6) became the first team to beat a No. 1 seed in the first round since seeding began in 2007. Hutchinson (26-3), which got the top seed by upsetting top-ranked Orono in the section finals after losing to them twice in conference, lost 17-ppg scorer Tori Wortz to a concussion in the third minute, and point guard Morgan Kurth fouled out with 12 points when Hutchinson was leading 53-48 with 3:24 left . TRF had already lost its top two rebounders to fouls: Tiahna Nicholson (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Jenna Tadych (four points, eight rebounds). Kylea Praska led the Prowlers with 23 points, shooting 4-for-7 on three’s including one that gave them the lead for good at 58-57. Meleah Biermaier added 10 points. MaKenzie Rensch had 13 points and Paige Wiehr 10 for the Tigers.
Thief River Falls faces Holy Angels in the semifinals noon Thursday followed by Winona vs. Becker at 2 p.m. Winona is the only one of the top four seeds to reach semifinals, and the top three renamed teams at the end of the season are all done, as No. 1 Orono and No. 2 Kasson-Mantorville lost in section finals to Hutchinson and Winona, respectively, and Como was ranked third.
Laura Bagwell-Katalinich poured in 33 points and hooked 13 rebounds as Holy Angels (23-5) pummeled Marshall 59-47. Megan Meyer added 14. Marah Mulso, who played in the last two state championship games for Marshall (close losses to Park Center each time) led the Tigers (23-6) with 14 points.
Winona ousted Grand Rapids 76-56, led by Hallee Hoeppner with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jayne Emerson notched 17 points and 10 rebounds, Abby Winter 14 points, and Danneka Voegili 13 rebounds, for the No. 2 seed Winhawks (24-6). Heaven Hamling had 13 points for Grand Rapids (22-8).
Becker stymied No. 3 seed St. Paul Como Park and their D-I recruit Andrayah Adams 62-57. Alex Johnson pulled down 18 rebounds as the Bulldogs enjoyed a 52-31 edge on the boards. Amanda Lindsay scored 18 points, Johnson 14, Alexa Hanowski 11 and Mackenzie Kramer 10 for Becker (20-9) in its first state game since winning the 2007 championship. Adams, a 3,000-point scorer signed by St. John’s of New York, was limited to 11 points on 4-for-20 shooting. Makayla Van Nett had 14 and Raiyne Adams 12 for Como Park (24-6).
CLASS 4A QUARTERFINALS
Two reigning state champions met in the first game of the tournament with Hopkins prevailing 81-69 over Park Center, which won Class 3A the last two years and moved up this year. The top-ranked, top-seeded Royals (28-2) were led by Ashley Bates with 30 points and Nia Hollie with 21, and shot 37-for-45 at the line. Ann Simonet scored 29 points, including her career 1,000th, and Mikayla Hayes 19 for Park Center (22-7) as they experienced a loss for the first time in seven state games.
Hopkins faces defending champion Eastview in the semifinals Thursday at 6 p.m. followed by Minnetonka vs. White Bear Lake at 8 p.m.
Eastview, back for their fifth straight tournament after the graduation of a Miss Basketball and retirement of the coach (her mother), opened with a 52-35 win over Lakeville North. Megan Walstad had 18 points and Rachel Ranke 16 as the Lightning (25-4) were patient and efficient, shooting 17-for-35 from the floor and 14-for-15 at the line. Sarah Krynske led the Panthers (23-5) with nine.
White Bear Lake pulled the first-round upset, overtaking No. 2 seed St. Michael-Albertville 72-69 in overtime. Regulation ended 60-60 with each team missing free throw opportunities to pull ahead. Alexa Molin sank a 3-point shot and 4-of-4 free throws in the overtime for the Bears (23-7) as they reversed an earlier 55-46 loss to the Knights (27-3). Molina had 15 points, Kate Brabenec 13, Makala Keefe 12 and Allison Hinck and Taite Anderson 11 each. Rae Johnson hit 21 points, Kitri Zezza 18, Sydney Tracy 11 and Vanessa Alexander 10 for STMA, which struggle at the free throw line, 19-for-34.
Minnetonka, in its first state game since 1999 cruised past Anoka 71-41 with Lizzie Odegard scoring 15 points, Megan Walker 13, and Courtney Fredrickson, Hannah Hedstrom and Chrissy Carr 10 each. The Skippers (22-4) made 20 of 27 free shots. Naomi Torgerson led Anoka (22-7) with 17 points.