Hopkins, DeLaSalle, Braham, Maranatha win state girls basketball titles
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Junior Sydney Coffey scored 18 points to lead Hopkins to a 67-45 win against Eden Prairie in the Class AAAA state girls basketball finals on Saturday at Target Center.
Sophomore Nia Coffey -- Sydney's sister -- added 12 points and had 9 rebounds as the Royals (30-2) won their third state title and first since 2006.
Jackie Johnson led Eden Prairie (24-5) with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Shayne Mullaney scored 12 points for the Eagles.
DeLaSalle 63, Hill-Murray 43
DeLaSalle's Tyseanna Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Islanders won their first state title with a 63-43 win against Hill-Murray on Saturday in Class AAA at Target Center.
Mariah Adanene added 17 points, and Allina Starr had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for DeLa-Salle (27-4), which ended the Pioneers (30-1) shot at a perfect season.
Bethany Doolittle scored 14 points to lead Hill-Murray, which lost to Benilde-St. Margaret's in last year's championship.
Braham 68, Minnehaha Academy 61
Braham (31-2) avenged its loss in last year's AA state final on Saturday at Target Center, getting 23 points from Rebekka Dahlman and 20 points from Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrows to beat defending champion Minnehaha Academy 68-61.
Minnehaha Academy (23-7) went on an 11-3 second-half run to reduce Braham's 13-point lead to 38-33 with 12:36 left. Braham then got consecutive 3-point baskets from Kayla Nickels, and a basket and two free throws from Dahlman to go back up by 51-40.
The Redhawks never got closer than five points the rest of the way, and Braham's players celebrated the program's first state title by storming the court.
Sarina Baker scored 25 for Minnehaha Academy. Gabbi Stienstra added 14.
Rebekka and Hannah Dahlman are the sisters of former all-state players Isiaha and Noah Dalhman, who led the Braham boys' basketball team to three consecutive state titles. Their father Nate is one of the assistants for the Braham girls' team.
Hannah Dahlman scored 10 points.
Maranatha Academy 59, Nicollet 52
Madison Lee scored 14 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the second half, to lead Maran-atha Christian Academy to a 59-52 win over Nicollet in the girls' basketball 1A state final Saturday at the Target Center.
Maranatha beat Hancock in double overtime in the semifinals on Friday.
Lee opened the second half by connecting from 3-point range, then added another from beyond the arc to spark a 10-2 run that put the Mustangs in command.
Nicollet staged a late surge to close within 52-50 on a basket by Kayla Winner with 45.6 seconds left. But Mikayla Payne made five of six free throws and Hannah Torgerson added two more to seal the Mustangs' first-ever girls' state title.
Payne finished the game with 13 points.
Wenner scored 17 points and Kasslin Swenson added 15 for the Raiders, who were playing in their first girls' basketball state tournament since 1980.