PEM, Goodhue Bring Home the Trophies with Easy Wins
Minneapolis, MN (Minnesota High School League Staff) - Plainview-Elgin-Millville completed a sprint through the Class AA field with a 72-42 victory over New London-Spicer in the championship game Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena.
Emmaline Polson scored 22 points and Sarah Hart added 13 to power the Bulldogs (31-1) to the first championship under the current co-op, which has been together for the past 10 years.
Elgin-Millville won a Class A championship in 2005 and was the small-school runner-up in 2002.
Megan Thorson had 13 points for New London-Spicer (25-7), who were making their state-record 16th state tournament appearance.
Top-seeded Plainview-Elgin-Millville jumped out to a 10-0 run to open the game and wasn’t threatened.
Goodhue had been in this position before with a spot in the Class A championship game. That was in 2010, but the Wildcats fell short in a loss to Barnum with a title at stake.
While it has been half a dozen years since that loss, programs don’t forget them. When opportunities like that arise again, Goodhue knew to seize the moment.
The Wildcats did indeed with an impressive state tournament run reached a crescendo in an 87-64 victory over Maranatha Christian Academy on Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena.
Maddy Miller scored 28 points and Sydney Lodemeier added 24 to fuel the Wildcats’ mission of securing their first state championship in six state tournament appearances. Mckenzie Ryan chipped in 13 points and Taylor Larson had 12 in completing Goodhue’s historic 30-4 season.
Maranatha Christian Academy (26-7) was a runner-up for the second consecutive season. The Mustangs won consecutive small-school titles in 2011 and ’12. Elise Moore and Alaina Jarnot scored 18 points each for the Mustangs.
Goodhue built a 41-29 lead at the half behind 12 points each from Miller and Lodermeier. That lead was a good omen for the Wildcats. Entering the championship game, they were 28-0 this season when leading at the half.
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In AAA, Holy Angels beat Winona 51-43
Amid the rash of upsets in the current NCAA tournament, Holy Angels recorded a couple of its own and now has the program’s first state championship to show for it.
The Stars, who began the Class AAA state tournament as the No. 5 seed, took down No. 2 Winona with a 51-43 victory in the championship game Saturday night at Williams Arena.
As she has all season, senior Laura Bagwell-Katalinich led with the way, this time scoring 25 points to spur the Stars (25-5) in their second appearance in a championship game. In 2005, Holy Angels was the Class AAA runner-up to Minneapolis North.
Minnetonka upset Hopkins in AAAA 61-52.
It was an epic way to end a five-day girls’ basketball state tournament. Neighboring communities and conference rivals, slugging it out for the right to be called the Class AAAA champion.
Hopkins and Minnetonka had split two games during the Lake Conference season. What would the rubber match have in store?
How about a battle to the final seconds where defense reigned, rebounds were snared and timely offense led the way to the crowning of a new champion?
No. 3 seeded Minnetonka gave top-seed and defending big-school champion Hopkins fits from the start en route to grinding out a 61-52 victory late Saturday night at Williams Arena.
Senior forward Lizzie Odegard was more dominant that any post player in recent memory with 17 points and 23 rebounds to power the Skippers (25-4) to their first state championship in program history.
Courtney Frederickson had 13 points and Chrissy Carr added 10 to make Minnetonka the first No. 3 seed to win a big-school championship since St. Paul Central in 2008.
Ashley Bates led Hopkins (29-3) with 28 points before fouling out with just more than five minutes remaining in regulation time. Nia Hollie overcame a slow start and finished with 18 points, including 13 in the second half.
Hannah Hedstrom banked in a runner at the horn to give the Skippers a 34-26 lead at the half.
Earlier, Minnetonka used a stunning 15-0 run to wipe out a five-point deficit en route to a 25-15 lead. Chrissy Carr had a three-pointer in the run followed by a transition basket by Megan Walker to help build that lead.
Minnetonka’s defense gave Hopkins fits in the first half. The Royals, who average 75.4 points per game, were held to 8-of-32 shooting from the field and were outrebounded 34-26.
Lizzie Odegard was a force in the low post for the Skippers with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first half. Seven of her rebounds were on the defensive end.
Ashley Bates was the only offensive answer Hopkins had in the first half. She had 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 7 of 10 from the free throw line. Michigan State recruit was 1 of 10 from the field and had to settle for five points.