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Courtney Grenier, left, of Hancock snares a rebound in front of Goodhue's Erica Tipcke in the first half of their Class A state quarterfinal game Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. (Photo by Stacy Bengs, Red Wing Republican Eagle)
Courtney Grenier, left, of Hancock snares a rebound in front of Goodhue's Erica Tipcke in the first half of their Class A state quarterfinal game Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. (Photo by Stacy Bengs, Red Wing Republican Eagle)
Girls Basketball: Hancock upsets Goodhue
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hancock overcame a 10-point deficit, 27 turnovers and an underdog role to upset top-ranked Goodue 58-54 in the quarterfinals of the Class A state girls basketball tournament Thursday at Williams Arena.

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Kendra Schmidgall, after a quiet first half, led the Owls' second-half charge, scoring 15 of her 19 points to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds. Illissa Koehl also had 19 points for the Owls, 13 of those coming in the first half.

Hancock led 2-0 on a layup by Aria Walstad, but Goodhue (27-5) led most of the first half by extracting numerous turnovers and by making 11-of-12 free throws. The Wildcats, who led 33-23 at one point, held a 34-27 lead at halftime, one point more than Hancock allows on the average in an entire game.

But the Owls (27-2) were sizzling to start the second half and didn't play like an unranked team that would roll over against a favored opponent. They went on a 17-4 run, with Schmidgall scoring nine of the points, and took a 44-38 advantage with 10:23 remaining.

Goodhue then went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead, 46-44, and from there the teams stood toe-to-toe and traded punches like two evenly-matched boxers. Schmidgall stopped the Wildcats' run with her second three-pointer of the second half.

The Owls eventually led 53-51 with 1:39 left, but missed a layup, giving Goodhue a chance to tie the game or take the lead. But Courtney Grenier came up with her second steal of the game and passed off to Schmidgall, who was quickly fouled. Schmidgall cashed both free throws for a four-point cushion with :49 remaining and the Owls never trailed again.

Hancock will take on Maranatha Christian Academy (19-9) at noon today in the semifinals at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Goodhue closed within 56-54 and fouled Koehl in hopes she would miss and the Wildcats would set up for a tying or winning field goal. But Koehl calmly drained both free shots to seal the win.

This was the first state trip for Hancock since 2007 when the Owls were runner-up to Barnum. Goodhue was the state runner-up last season and was making its third straight state appearance.

Hancock, which is much more accustomed to winning low-scoring games, suddenly found itself going into an offensive mode. But the Owls responded admirably, hitting 54.5 percent of their shots from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, and 75 percent (18-of-24) from the charity stripe.

Goodhue's top scorer, Erica Tipcke, was plagued with foul trouble and eventually fouled out with 1:08 left after scoring only six points on 2-of-12 shooting. Chanel Robert and Mikayla Miller led Goodhue with 12 points apiece. Courtney Hinsch added 11 points. Miller also had seven rebounds and four steals.

Hancock 58, Goodhue 54

Goodhue (27-5) 34 20 -- 54

Hancock (27-2) 27 31 -- 58

GOODHUE - 18-58 FG (1-7 3-pt); 17-20 FT; 32 rebounds; 22 fouls ... Scoring (FG-FT-PTS): Courtney Hinsch 4-10 2-2 11, Alyssa Ryan 1-2 0-0 2, Erica Tipcke 2-12 2-2 6, Anne Lodermeier 0-3 3-4 3, Chanel Robert 5-8 2-2 12, Mikayla Tipcke 1-3 2-4 4, Abbey Kohlnhofer 0-3 0-0 0, Mikayla Miller 4-14 4-4 12, Allison Cordes 1-3 2-2 4 ... 3-point shots: Hinsch 1-3, Lodermeier 0-2, Kohlnhofer 0-1, Miller 0-1 ... Rebound leaders: Miller 7, Robert 6, Hinsch 5, Lodermeier 5 ... Assist leaders: M. Tipcka 4, Ryan 3 ... Steal leaders: Miller 4, Hinsch 3, Lodermeier 3

HANCOCK - 18-33 FG (4-6 3-pt); 18-24 FT; 28 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring (FG-FT-PTS): Shae Brown 1-3 0-1 2, Aria Walstad 1-2 2-4 4, Kendra Schmidgall 5-9 7-8 19, Courtney Greiner 5-8 1-2 11, Illissa Koehl 5-10 7-7 19, Olivia Koehl 0-0 0-0 0, Abby Ascheman 1-1 1-2 3 ... 3-point shots: Koehl 2-3, Schmidgall 2-3 ... Rebound leaders: Schmidgall 10, Ascheman 5, Schmidgall 5 ... Assist leaders: Walstad 5, Greiner 4 ... Steal leaders: Greiner 2 ... Blocks: Schmidgall 4

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