Area Girls Basketball Wrap: Rockets storm back to beat Grand Meadow
Randolph 52, Grand Meadow 45
Randolph secured its third straight win on Friday night, defending its home court with a 52-45 Southeast Conference win over Grand Meadow.
The win came despite the Rockets trailing 10-0 to open the game before seeing the Superlarks take a 22-8 first-half lead. Randolph managed to cut the deficit to 24-19 at the halftime buzzer before outscoring Grand Meadow 33-21 in the last 18 minutes.
“The girls really showed a lot of character tonight,” said Rockets head coach Dennis Trom. “They showed a lot of composure, sticking to the game plan and cutting the lead to only five at half. In the second half, the girls did a good job of defensively not giving them many good looks at the basket and taking over on the offensive end of the court.”
Megan Erickson led the Rockets’ effort with 19 points, followed by 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists from Alyssa Whitson. Hannah Neil added nine points and 10 rebounds.
Randolph (10-4, 2-2 SEC) travel to Lyle-Pacelli on Jan. 18.
Hayfield 51, Goodhue 45
Even without one of its best players in Maggie Streightiff, fifth-ranked (Class A) Hayfield picked up a big statement win in Section 1A with a 51-45 Hiawatha Valley League win against second-ranked Goodhue on Tuesday.
“Hayfield put on a pretty ferocious pressure that we didn't handle well,” said Wildcats head coach Josh Wieme. “We didn't get stops and we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds.”
Lexie Lodermeier was Goodhue's top player with 15 points and five rebounds. Sydney Lodermeier followed with nine points and seven rebounds, and Emily Benrud came up with seven points and 12 rebounds.
Carrie Rutledge scored a game-high 21 points for the Vikings, followed by 13 for Olivia Matti.
Z-M 83, Triton 37
With a combined 12 3-pointers and a 56-19 halftime lead, Zumbrota-Mazeppa dominated Tuesday's Hiawatha Valley League game with Triton, picking up an 83-37 victory.
Lauren Miller had a Cougar-best 19 points, followed by 18 for Ali Hunstad, 17 for Lyndsey Quam and 10 from Hannah Mensink. Hunstad and Quam both hit three 3-pointers in the victory.
Stewartville 65, Pine Island 62
Pine Island found itself in a tight Hiawatha Valley League contest with Stewartville on Tuesday. Ultimately, the host Tigers knocked off the Panthers, 65-62.
Bailey Kennedy had 22 points in the Pine Island loss while also grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Alex Larson chimed in with 18 points and six boards. Brooke Sinning also grabbed nine rebounds while scoring five points.