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Girls Basketball: LQPV moves on to section finals

MARSHALL — Kelsea Lund hit a 3-pointer to give No. 2 Lac qui Parle Valley the lead with just over four minutes to play, and the Eagles closed the game on a 15-6 run to defeat No. 1 Canby, 52-44, on Friday night and advance to the Section 3A championship game.

Lund scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to lead the Eagles to within one game of the State tournament. None of the junior guard's baskets, though, was bigger than the triple to give LQPV a 40-38 lead.

"It was a big step for us and I'm really proud of the girls," Eagles head coach Ryan Giles said. "We've got our hands full coming up next week, but I told the girls to enjoy the win. We'll forget about it Monday see how we can plan for Friday."

Lac qui Parle Valley will play Southwest Minnesota Christian with a State tournament berth on the line next Friday at 8 p.m.

In front of a raucous crowd at Southwest Minnesota State, the Eagles handled the pressure excellently over the final stretch. Baskets by Lindsay Kranz and and Lund extended the lead to six points with over two minutes to play as the defense held Canby scoreless for a stretch of over 6:30.

"They went from 7:40 mark to 1:16 on the clock with no points," Giles said. "We stepped up our execution against some really talented players."

Once the Lancers cut the lead down to three points with 56 seconds to play, the Eagles turned the ball over but responded by getting a stop on defense and scoring the next four points.

Two free throws by Haley Wollschlager iced the game at 50-43 with 21 seconds to play.

Points were at much more of a premium in the first half, which concluded with both teams tied at 19. Through the game's first 12 minutes, the teams combined for 17 points with Canby holding a 9-8 lead.

"Both defenses were taking away what the offenses were trying to do," Giles said. "For us, Grace Hegland got real physical and scored six of her seven points in the first half. Haley Wollschlager had eight points to step up."

After the Eagles claimed a 35-30 lead, the Knights used an 8-2 run to grab a 38-37 advantage, but it would be their last lead of the night.

After shooting 12-for-15 from 3-point range against Wabasso on Tuesday, the Eagles posted another impressive shooting performance, going 6-for-13 from deep.

LQPV 52, Canby 44

LQPV (20-9) 19 33 — 52

Canby (22-5) 19 25 — 44

LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY - Scoring: Haley Wollschlager 15, Kelsea Lund 21, Grace HeglAnd 7, Lindsay Kranz 4, Katlyn Gades 1, Tanaya Tomho 4 ... 3-point shots: Wollschlager 3, Lund 3 ... Rebound leader: Heglund 8, Kranz 5, Tossel 4 ... Assist leader: Wollschlager 3 ...

CANBY - Scoring: Sarah Hansen 3, Morgan Ziesman 3, Natalie Dinius 12, Sydney Sisk 6, Haley Varcoe 4, Lauren King 16 ... 3-point shots: Dinius 2, Hansen 1, Ziesman 1, Sisk 1

Sleepy Eye 69, BOLD 55

No other information about the game was provided.