Dover-Eyota, Hopkins, Ada-Borup, Park Center Win State Titles
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brandi Blattner and Megan Hintz combined for 49 points and 31 rebounds to lead Dover-Eyota to a 71-58 win over Sauk Center in the Class 2A state championship game at Williams Arena.
Dover-Eyota (31-2) broke open a close game Saturday with a 13-0 run late in the second half to cap a run to the title in the school's first-ever trip to the girls' basketball state tournament.
Sauk Centre (31-2) made just one basket in the game's final 5:46 and saw their 29-game winning streak come to an end.
Blattner scored 25 points, including a basket with 4:03 remaining to put the Eagles ahead for good.
Maesyn Thiesen led the Mainstreeters with 23 points.
Ada-Borup 82, Maranatha Christian Academy 65
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ada-Borup finished the season as Minnesota's only unbeaten high school basketball team, downing Maranatha Christian Academy 82-65 in the Class 1A girls' final at Williams Arena.
Miki Lee led Ada-Borup with 23 points, while Elizabeth Birkemeyer added 20 Saturday.
The Cougars came out fast, building a 32-13 lead before the top-seeded Mustangs put together a surge before the break. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Lexi Lee and Jaclyn Jarnot cut the deficit to 40-30.
Ada-Borup never allowed Maranatha to get any closer to earn its third state championship and first since 2009.
The Cougars were seeded second in the state tournament after cruising through the Pine to Prairie Conference and non-league games with little trouble, outscoring opponents by an average of 41.7 points per game.
Lexi Lee had 32 points for Maranatha.
Park Center repeats as Class 3A champion
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ann Simonet made a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to help Park Center win its second straight Class 3A girls basketball title with a 52-45 win over Marshall on Saturday night.
Mikalya Hayes had 13 points, while Hannah Schaub and Feyisayo Ayobamidele each scored 11 for the No. 2 Pirates (25-7).
Marah Mulso led fourth-seeded Marshall (29-3) with 15 points.
This was the second straight title tilt between the schools. Park Center beat Marshall 73-71 in three overtimes in last year's championship game.
A 3-pointer by Simonet gave the Pirates a 44-39 with 4:21 to play, and after two free throws by Sarah Buysse, Hayes scored from down low to regain the 5-point cushion.
After two more Marshall free throws, Simonet — who finished with nine points — swished home a shot from the left corner with 1:46 to play for a six-point lead.
Hopkins beats Eastview 68-60 for 4A title
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nia Hollie scored 18 of her 26 points in the second half as Hopkins beat Eastview 68-60 on Saturday for the Class 4A girls basketball title.
TT Starks added 16 points and Ashley Bates scored 15 for the top-ranked Royals (31-1), who held on for their fourth title in five years.
No. 2 Eastview (29-2), the defending state champion, was led by Madison Guebert's 19 points.
The teams met twice before this season with each winning one — the only previous losses for both squads.
Trailing by two at intermission, Hopkins began the second half on a 22-7 run to take a 50-37 lead. Starks had nine points during the surge, including a banked-in 3-pointer, and Hollie had seven.
A 10-0 run got Eastview within 61-58 late, but Hopkins was 7 of 8 from the line in the final minute.