GLENWOOD -- The top three scorers for Hancock combined for 54 points to help the top-seeded Owls advance to the Section 5A-South final with a 64-53 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Monday. Bree Holleman had 21 points, Tara Thielke 20 and Jenny Noordmans 13 for Hancock, which shot 50 percent from the field. Entering the game, Thielke (18 ppg), Holleman (15.5 ppg) and Noordmans (12.8 ppg) were among the area's top 15 scorers. The Owls (22-3) will face Osakis or Ortonville in the sub-section championship today at 8 p.m. back at Minnewaska Area High School. Hancock also beat KMS 64-49 on Jan.
REDWOOD FALLS -- Redwood Valley scored 39 points in the first half en route to a 73-46 win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the first round of the Section 3AA-South boys basketball tournament Monday. The Cardinals (22-3) will play Southwest Conference foe Pipestone Area at 6 p.m.
Boys Basketball Camden North CENTRAL MINNESOTA CHRISTIAN -- senior forward Mike Schwitters DAWSON-BOYD -- senior guard Joe Anderson; senior forward Matt Wold KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG -- senior center Sam Kavanagh; junior forward/guard Justin Johnson LAKEVIEW -- senior forward/center Derek Golberg; senior forward/center Zack Meyer MACCRAY -- senior guard Justin Koenen; senior center Matt Leese; senior forward Zach Thissen RENVILLE COUNTY WEST -- senior forward Nate Johannsen; junior forward Brent Jansen MVP Zach Meyer, Lakeview Coach of the Year Gary Nelson, MACCRAY Camden South
Girls Basketball Section 5A-South FINAL TODAY At Minnewaska Area High School Hancock vs. Osakis-Ortonville winner, 8 p.m. Section 3AA-North FINAL TODAY At Granite Falls Montevideo vs. Lac qui Parle Valley, 7 p.m. Section 5AA-South SEMIFINALS TODAY At Dassel-Cokato High School Eden Valley-Watkins vs. St. Cloud Cathedral, 7:45 p.m. New London-Spicer vs. Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted, 6 p.m.
Girls Basketball Section 5A-South Hancock 64, KMS 53 Section 6AA-South Sauk Centre 50, Minnewaska 44 Boys Basketball Paynesville 87, ACGC 70 Section 3AA-South Redwood Valley 73, TMB 46 Section 3A-North Lakeview 79, CMCS 65 Lincoln 71, Dawson-Boyd 55
ST. CLOUD -- A furious second-half rally fell short for Willmar and the Cardinals were ousted by Perham 63-53 in the Section 8AAA semifinals Saturday. Willmar (15-11) fell behind 39-17 at halftime before pulling within five points with around eight minutes left in the game. "You have to give the girls credit for an inspired second half," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison. "They could have quit, but they never did.
MARSHALL -- Being the underdog has really suited the Dawson-Boyd girls basketball team lately. For a third straight game, the Blackjacks (17-8) knocked off a higher-seeded opponent, beating No. 2 Minneota 55-51 in the Section 3A-North final Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University. Dawson-Boyd, the No. 4-seed in the North, will face Fulda, the South's second seed, for the Section 3A championship at 5 p.m.
NEW LONDON -- A strong second half helped the New London-Spicer girls basketball team pull away from Maple Lake in their Section 5AA-South quarterfinal game Saturday. Renae Henjum scored 23 points and hooked 14 rebounds to lead NLS. Jenn Wendlandt added 11 points and Cassie Ziemer 10. NLS 55, Maple Lake 40 Maple Lake (11-16) 21 19 -- 40 New London-Spicer (21-6) 25 30 -- 55 MAPLE LAKE - 17-45 FG (3-7 3-pt); 3-7 FT; 26 rebounds; 20 fouls ... Scoring: Ceta Huttner 8, Laura Dombrouski 6, Sarah Latour 10, Rachel Stegeman 2, Andrea Rachel 6, Lynn Plaggermann 2, Molly Schaufler 6 ...
MORRIS -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Hancock will meet for a second time this season after each coasted to victories in the Section 5A-South semifinals Saturday. Hancock beat KMS 64-49 on Jan. 25. KMS 80, Upsala 51 (At Morris) -- The Fighting Saints (15-10) shot 61 percent from the floor and held a 46-24 lead at halftime. Esther Peterson led KMS with 24 points and nine boards. She was 12 of 15 from the field. Patina Queenan followed with 19 points.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After two days of weather-enforced video games, hotel-room television and lastly, a visit to the Mall of America, the Willmar Cardinals had energy to spare for the abbreviated Class A boys swim meet on Saturday. The Cardinals won two third-place relay medals and finished 10th overall. Both medal-earning efforts came from the same freestyle foursome of Jackson Roberts, Matt Fuglestad, Andrew Nicklawsky and Andy Johnson. Willmar beat an advancing snowstorm to Minneapolis by leaving on Wednesday afternoon. The weather front moved into Minneapolis in the evening.