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Ridgewater men qualify for MCAC playoffs, women still on bubble

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WILLMAR -- The Ridgewater Warriors have already clinched a berth in the MCAC basketball tournament at the end of the month at Minneapolis. They will play either Vermilion or Central Lakes in the quarterfinals Feb. 27 at Minneapolis.

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The Lady Warriors' fate is far from clear.

By winning their last two games -- following a four-game skid -- Carrie Ogdahl's squad is back in the hunt.

The Lady Warriors (4-7, 8-13) will be big underdogs on their home court at 6 p.m. today when they host unbeaten Rochester (10-0, 24-0). But if they can win at Worthington Saturday vs. Minnesota West, they would tie for fourth with the Bluejays.

Ogdahl predicts Anoka-Ramsey (4-6, 14-10) will beat both Fergus Falls (4-7, 9-15) and Minneapolis (1-9, 5-20) to finish 6-6 and in third behind runner-up Riverland (8-2, 20-4).

Assuming a loss to Rochester, the Lady Warriors will head to Minnesota West on Saturday with fourth place at stake.

The Bluejays trimmed Ridgewater on Jan. 28 in two overtimes.

A Minnesota West win would settle the issue, but if Ridgewater wins, both teams would end up 5-7 and 1-1 head-to-head.

The MCAC handbook says in that situation the teams would stage a playoff game, probably Monday or Tuesday, with a coin flip to determine the home team.

The MCAC bylaws also state the No. 4 team in the South isn't automatic because the North has more teams.

The women's state tournament is at Willmar Feb. 27 through March 1.

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