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BOLD senior guard Carly Sigurdson drives through the Redwood Valley defense, including Makenzie Mace, right, for two of her 18 first half points in the Section 3AA-North championship game Friday at Montevideo. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Girls basketball: Redwood Valley ends BOLD's run

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MONTEVIDEO — BOLD’s explosive run through the Section 3AANorth bracket ran out of powder at halftime Friday in the Montevideo High School gym. With their four seniors leading the fireworks, the Warriors had a can’tmiss first half to take a 39-28 lead on Redwood Valley. Then the clock struck midnight. The Cardinals took over the game, the BOLD offense came unglued and the No. 3 seed in the North blew by the No. 4 Warriors 65-53 for the sub-section championship. Redwood Valley, which beat BOLD 61-51 in the season opener, burned the Warriors 37-14 the second half. The Cardinals moved the ball with purpose, turned up the defensive pressure and sank 17 of 20 free throws. The Warriors had led by as many as 16 in the first half, 32-16. Carly Sigurdson, BOLD’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 points, had 18 points by halftime on breakaways, drives and long jump shots. In the second half, the fifthyear starter had only a free throw fighting through a box-and-one implemented by Cardinals coach Trevor Wittwer. The Cardinals sizzled in the second half, feeding on BOLD turnovers, some provoked, some not. Alison Curry hit a deuce and then a free throw to tie the game at 42-all, and Makenzie Mace followed with a 3-pointer from the side at the 12:00 mark and Redwood had the lead for good. It was one of four treys in the comeback. "They are not known for shooting threes," said BOLD coach Brian Kingery. "We made only five baskets the second half and 3 of 6 at the line. It was a tale of two halves." Cardinals junior guard Lauren Hanson scored 22 for Redwood. Mace, another junior, had 14 points and sophomore reserve Nicole Bunting was good for 10 more. Baylie Kubesh ended her 1,000-point career with a 10-point night. Andrea Maher grabbed 7 rebounds and Mallarie Steffel supplied 7 points and 5 rebouds. Junior starter Ashley Schmitz had 6 points and reserve Allison Krause 8 points. BOLD, which had won the Bird Island-Olivia-Lake Lillian consolidation’s first section title in basketball a year ago to advance to state, had upset No. 1 seed Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 60-56 on Tuesday while the Cards dislodged No. 2 Montevideo 54-48. Redwood Valley (18-9) finished third in the Southwest Conference behind Marshall and Worthington, both AAA-level teams and is now 14-3 versus 3AA foes this winter. BOLD ends up 16-11 and can also look back with enormous pride on last season’s 26-4 finish. Redwood Valley 65, BOLD 53 Redwood Valley (18-9)..............................28 37 — 65 BOLD (16-11).............................................39 14 — 53 REDWOOD VALLEY – 21-55 FG (4-9 3-pt); 19-24 FT; 26 rebounds; 13 fouls … Scoring: Lauren Hanson 22, Alison curry 7, Makenzie Mace 14, Tara Sandgren 2, Kayla Pohlen 9, Nicole Bunting 10, Victoria Quast 1 … 3-point shots: Mace, Bunting, Kayla Pohlen 2 BOLD – 20-48 FG (3-15 3-pt); 10-16 FT; 25 rebounds; 19 fouls … Scoring: Baylie Kubesh 10, Ashley Schmitz 6, Carly sigurdson 19, Mallarie Steffel 7, Andrea Maher 3, Allison Krause 8 … 3-point shots: Krause 2, Sigurdson … Rebound leaders: Kubesh 5, Steffel 5, Maher 7 … Assist leaders: Maher 3, Sigurdson 4, Kubesh 3 … Steal leaders: Kubesh 5, Sigurdson 3

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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