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Litchfield upsets HLWW

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DASSEL -- DASSEL -- Derek Koll made a free throw with only one second remaining to help Litchfield pull off its second upset of the Section 5AA-South playoffs Saturday as the Dragons edged top-seeded Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 61-60 in the semifinals.

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The No. 5-seeded Dragons (14-13) will play in the sub-section final Tuesday at 8 p.m. in St. Michael against No. 2 Watertown-Mayer (19-9).

Litchfield, which opened the playoffs by beating No. 4 Glencoe-Silver Lake last Tuesday, lost twice to Watertown-Mayer during the regular season as the two teams play in the Wright County Conference.

Litchfield was in control for the majority of the game until the Dragons started to miss their free throws down the stretch. The Lakers (20-8) tied the game at 60 with nine seconds left before Koll contributed the winning play for Litchfield.

The senior guard brought the ball up the court and was fouled at the top of the key while driving to the basket. Koll missed the first free throw attempt before cashing the second with 1.8 seconds left. Litchfield then intercepted the HLWW inbounds pass to end the game.

Jon Terning led the Dragons with 19 points with Riley Pater adding 15 and Koll 12. Kinny also had 13 rebounds and five assists.

Jett Leaf had 17 points and Cody Painschab 16 for the Lakers.

Litchfield 61, HLWW 60

Litchfield (14-13) 33 28 -- 61

HLWW (20-8) 23 37 -- 60

LITCHFIELD - 20-53 FG (5-19 3-pt); 16-27 FT; 34 rebounds; 15 fouls ... Scoring: Zach Whitchurch 4, Derek Koll 12, Jon Terning 19, Riley Pater 15, Zach Kinny 1, Justin Walters 4, Mitch Wollin 6 ... 3-point shots: Koll 2, Terning 2, Wollin 1 ... Rebound leaders: Kinny 13 ... Assist leaders: Whitchurch 5, Kinny 5 ... Steal leaders: Koll 3

HOWARD LAKE-WAVELY-WINSTED - 21-62 FG (6-24 3-pt); 12-15 FT; 28 rebounds; 21 fouls ... Scoring: Jett Leaf 17, Luke Swedberg 9, Quin Leaf 7, Corey Whitcomb 2, Cody Painschab 16, Jared Koch 9 ... 3-point shots: J. Leaf 2, Swedberg 3, Q. Leaf 1 ... Rebound leaders: Painschab 9, Koch 6 ... Assist leaders: Q. Leaf 3 ... Steal leaders: none

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