Area Girls Basketball Wrap: Randolph claims home tourney championship
Randolph 49, Triton 44
Tied at 23-23 in the championship game of its home holiday tournament, Randolph’s defense stepped up in the second half, helping the Rockets upend Triton for a 49-44 victory on Thursday night.
“The girls did a great job of maintaining their composure throughout the game as it went back and forth,” said Randolph head coach Dennis Trom. “Defensively, we did a much better job the second half and limited their 3-point shots. It was great for the girls to win another holiday tournament. I’m proud of their effort tonight.”
Andrea Splichal led a trio of Rockets in double figures with 18 points to go with eight rebounds and three assists. Alyssa Whitson came up with 11 points and six rebounds, and Megan Erickson added 10 points in the victory.
Randolph (7-3) looks to add to its three-game win streak on Thursday, Jan. 4 when the team hosts Medford in non-conference play.
Cannon Falls 52, Trinity 25
After a first-round loss at the Randolph holiday tournament, Cannon Falls rebounded with a 52-25 victory against Trinity School at River Ridge in the third-place game Thursday.
No statistics were available at press time.
On Friday, Jan. 5, the Bombers (4-7) will look to avenge their first-round loss when they host Triton.
Goodhue 56, B-B-E 46
Opening its four-team holiday tournament on Thursday, second-ranked (Class A) Goodhue managed to fend off a tough challenge from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, beating the visiting Jaguars 56-46.
With the 3-pointers refusing to fall, the Wildcats leaned on its inside game with Lexie and Sydney Lodermeier. The sisters both had double-doubles, with Lexie scoring 12 points with 14 rebounds while Sydney finished with 15 points and 10 boards.
Emily Benrud neared a double-double herself with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Morgan Gronli was the lone B-B-E player in double figures, finishing with 14 points.
Goodhue was slated to play Sleepy Eye in the tournament championship on Friday. Results were not available at press time.
The Wildcats (9-1) will host Kenyon-Wanamingo on Thursday, Jan. 4.
White Bear Lake 65, Lake City 39
Eighteenth-ranked (Class AAAA) White Bear Lake pulled away from Lake City with a 45-20 halftime lead, building to a 65-39 victory at the Rotary US Bank Holiday Classic in Rochester on Thursday.
Grace Bany was the Tigers’ top performer with 14 points and six points. Lilly Meincke added seven points, and Allison Kubista hauled in nine rebounds in the loss.
Lake City got to the line plenty but had some trouble converting, making only 42 percent of its attempts (15 of 36).
The Tigers (5-5) took on Osseo in the consolation round on Friday. Results were not available at press time.
On Friday, Jan. 5, Lake City will play Stewartville at Lincoln High School.
Tri-City United 64, K-W 46
In the third-place game of the Hayfield holiday tournament, Kenyon-Wanamingo could not overcome a 36-23 halftime deficit, taking a 64-46 loss on Thursday.
Riley Dummer came up with a team-high 18 points for the Knights, followed by nine points from Maddie McCauley and a eight-point, six-rebound effort from Julianna Boyum.
Losers of four straight, K-W (2-9) will travel to Goodhue on Thursday, Jan. 4.Wednesday
Randolph 73, Trinity 40
Led by 20-plus point efforts from Megan Erickson and Hannah Neil, Randolph picked up a first-round win in its holiday tournament, beating Trinity School at River Ridge 73-40 on Wednesday.
Erickson had a team-high 23 points while also collecting seven steals, six rebounds and three assists. Neil followed suit with 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting to go with three rebounds and three steals. Morgan Otte was a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range for nine points.
Triton 58, Cannon Falls 44
Tatum Pickar had a strong offensive game, scoring 20 points against Triton on Wednesday. But Cannon Falls could not counter the Cobras' deep shooting in a 58-44 loss in the Randolph Tournament semifinals.
Triton hit eight 3-pointers while Cannon Falls did not connect from behind the arc. Bella Davisson had 10 points for the Bombers, but the next highest scorer was Kaly Banks with six.
Triton got 20 points from Sydney Gilliland and 16 from Nicole Kress.
Hayfield 86, K-W 59
Hayfield took an eight-point halftime lead and then raced away for an 86-59 victory over Kenyon-Wanamingo on Wednesday in the Vikings' home tournament.
The Knights were held to 26 points in the second half after entering the break down 41-33. Riley Dummer had 14 points, most coming on four 3-pointers, to lead K-W. Julianna Bouyum also had 14 for the Knights, and Maddie McCauley added 12.
Olivia Matti hit five 3-pointers and had a game-high 18 points for the Vikings, with Maggie Streightiff and Carrie Rutledge each finishing with 15 points.