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No. 2-South Willmar and Litchfield, the No. 3-seed, will meet in the boys basketball Section 8AAA quarterfinals for the second time in three years on the Cardinals' court at 7 p.m. Thursday. In 2004, heavily-favored Willmar rejected Litchfield's upset bid 50-45. The winner will play the Fergus Falls (No. 1 North)-Thief River Falls (No. 4 North) winner at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Cloud State. In the lower bracket, Rocori (No. 1 South) hosts Little Falls (No. 4 South) and Detroit Lakes (No. 2 North) hosts Park Rapids (No. 3 North).
Willmar native Alison Adamson and the Augustana women's basketball team did something no other squad has done to North Dakota this season -- take the lead at halftime. But a 30-29 lead didn't hold as the Fighting Sioux won the North Central Conference title, 69-63 Sunday in Grand Forks, N.D. Adamson scored 16 points to lead the Vikings. Both teams will participate in the North Central Regional, which starts Friday in Grand Forks.
The United States will host Mexico in the first game of Group B action in the World Baseball Classic today. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Phoenix. Canada will meet South Africa in the other pool match at 7 p.m.
Late result Saturday Section 5A-South Osakis 68, Hancock 59 Tara Thielke scored 26 points for Hancock (16-9), but Brittany Quistorff drained eight 3-pointers en route to netting 37 points in the sub-section semifinals for unbeaten Osakis (27-0). The Owls outscored Osakis 34-25 in the second half after trailing 43-25 at halftime. Stacie Cunningham and Karissa Thiel both scored nine points for Hancock. Hancock (16-9) 25 34 -- 59 Osakis (27-0) 43 25 -- 68 HANCOCK - 23-52 FG (9-21 3 pt); 4-7 FT; 19 rebounds; 18 fouls ...
MOORHEAD -- Andrea Brown saved the Willmar post-season Saturday evening in the Section 8AAA girls basketball semifinal. The 5-1 senior point guard drilled a thee-point shot on the run with two seconds left to force overtime and Willmar went on to beat Park Rapids 53-50 at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. "(Brown) just wanted to keep the ball in her hands," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Ridgewater College Lady Warriors are back in national tournament for the first time since 2002 after spilling Minneapolis 62-50 Saturday evening in the Region 13A championship. Sophomore guard Jenny Cunningham led the Lady Warriors with 19 points and six assists. Center Terra Billiet supplied 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Jamie Munson also hit double figures with 14 points, sinking 7 of 7 free throws. "We jumped to a 14-0 lead and never let them inside of eight points in the second half," said coach Carrie Ogdahl.