Girls basketball roundup: Minneota wins Class A title
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taylor Reiss scored 30 points to lead Minneota to a 61-51 win over Ada-Borup and its first Class 1A girls’ basketball state championship Saturday.
Reiss, who scored 22 in the Vikings’ semifinal win over Bethlehem Academy, all but put the game away during a key exchange late in the game. She grabbed a rebound and scored on the put-back, then hit a pair of free throws to give Minneota a 54-47 lead with 1:22 left. The Vikings (30-2), who stretched their winning streak to 17, had played in the last two state tournaments but never reached the final.
Ada-Borup (28-4) was led by Megan Kolness with 12 points, while Heidi Eggen added 11. Monica Vega, who scored 18 in the Cougars’ semifinal win over Win-E-Mac, was held to nine points.
New Richland-H-E-G 60,
Carlie Wagner scored a state tournament record 50 points, the last one coming on a free throw with 6.1 seconds remaining, to lift New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva to a 60-59 win over Braham in the Class 2A girls’ basketball final.
Wagner then stole the ball on the ensuing possession to wrap up the Panthers’ 30th straight win and their first state championship. The loss was the first of the year for Braham (33-1)
The Panthers (32-1) appeared ready for a blowout win, but Braham’s Rebeka Dahlman scored 30 of her 32 points in the second half to lead a furious comeback that tied the score at 59-59 with 37.4 seconds left.
Wagner was fouled and made the first free throw but missed the second.
Kayla Nickels scored 12 points for Braham.
DeLaSalle 65, Red Wing 50
Tyseanna Johnson scored 14 of her 25 points in the second half and DeLaSalle pulled away to beat Red Wing 65-50 Saturday for its third straight Class 3A girls basketball state championship.
Allina Starr added 20 points for the second-seeded Islanders (28-4), who went on a 15-2 run midway through the second half. DeLaSalle did not make a basket in the final seven minutes, but made 17 of 20 free throws.
Bloomington Kennedy 45
Nia Coffey scored 25 points and had 16 rebounds to lead Hopkins to a 68-45 win Saturday over Bloomington Kennedy for the basketball state title.
Taylor Anderson added 11 points for the top-seeded Royals (31-1), who won a third straight title. Erin O’Toole had nine rebounds.
Jade Martin led Bloomington Kennedy with 19 points.