Cougars diffuse Bombers in opening round
Zumbrota-Mazeppa had a strong showing in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament with a 60-43 victory over Cannon Falls on Thursday.
The Cougars took a 36-12 lead into halftime and continued that effort in the second half.
"We played a great first half, controlled the tempo and got high-percentage shots on offense," Z-M head coach Andy Bromeling said. "On defense, we did a good job of keeping their shooters in check."
The Cougars received 19 points from Lauren Miller, 12 from Makayla Arendt and eight from Ali Hunstad.
Tatum Pickar led the way for the Bombers with 10 points, while Kira Jacobson and Kara Loeschke each added nine points.
Z-M (20-6, 11-5 Hiawatha Valley League) will face Caledonia in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.
Cannon Falls finished up its season at 10-17 (4-12 HVL).
Lake City 57, Dover-Eyota 55
Lake City opened the Section 1AA tournament with a narrow 57-55 victory over Dover-Eyota on Thursday.
The game was tight throughout with both teams locked at 23-23 at the half. Neither were able to create much separation in the second half, but Lake City did just enough to make it to the next round.
Mya Shones led the Tigers with 14 points. Lilly Meincke and Morgan West each scored 12 points.
The Eagles were led by Abbe Lacey and Malia Nelson, each with 13 points. Lindsay Field also contributed 10 points.
Lake City (12-12, 6-10 HVL) will take on No. 1 seed Stewartville, which beat them twice in the regular season, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Mayo Civic Center.
Randolph 45, Spring Grove 36
Randolph came away from the opening round of the Section 1A tournament with a 45-36 win over Spring Grove on Thursday.
Spring Grove held a slight 19-17 edge over Randolph at the half, but the Rockets were not intimidated as they scored 28 points in the second half to advance to the next round.
The Rockets were led by Alyssa Whitson and Andrea Splichal, each with 13 points. Mackenna Otte also contributed six points.
Amelia Solum led the Lions with 13 points, followed by Harlee Gavin with seven.
Randolph (20-7, 9-4 Southeast Conference) will take on No. 3 seed Goodhue on Monday at Mayo Civic Center.
Goodhue 67, Mabel-Canton 26
Goodhue never let up on Mabel-Canton on Thursday, earning the 67-26 victory to advance to the next round of the Section 1A tournament.
The Wildcats imposed their will early in the contest, taking a 38-13 lead into the break.
Joslyn Carlson had 16 points, Sydney Lodermeier had 15, Kate Opsahl had 11 and Mariah Tipcke finished with nine for the Wildcats.
The Cougars were paced by Lauren Wyffels and Jordyn Newgard, each with seven points.
Goodhue (20-7, 12-4 HVL) will next face Randolph in the quarterfinals on Monday at Mayo Civic Center.
PEM 52, Pine Island 47
Pine Island was unable to earn the victory on Thursday in the opening round of the Section 1AA tournament, falling 52-47 to Plainview-Elgin-Millville.
PEM held a narrow 24-22 lead after the first half.
The Panthers received nearly half of their points from Autumn Pin, who finished with 23 points. Kendra Kundert also contributed seven points.
The Bulldogs had four players reach double digits: Mikayla Rahman with 14, Macy Holtz with 12, and Mallory Newcomb and Hayley Dessner each had 10.
Pine Island finished its season with a record of 11-16, (6-10 HVL).