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Thanks to four players finishing in double digits, Pine Island was able to put away a scrappy Cannon Falls team for a 68-47 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday in Cannon Falls. Sam Heeren led the Panthers’ charge with 18 points, followed by Noelle Langworthy (14), Nicole Fokken (12) and Kalley Berg (10). Pine Island shot 49 percent from the field, compared to 26 percent for Cannon Falls. Anna Rapp led the Bombers with 13 points, while Courtney Woodcock and Katie Noble chipped in with seven points apiece.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa trailed by just eight in the first half, 26-18, but Kasson-Mantorville completely took over in the second half on the way to a 60-34 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday in Zumbrota. The KoMets had a trio of players – Cori Kennedy, Taylor Miller and Kristin Scott – finish in double digits.
Goodhue led 26-16 after the first half and never relented, beating Lake City 50-35 for a Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday in Lake City. Leading the Wildcats’ efforts was senior guard Mikayla Miller, who had a game-high 21 points. Shelby Hinsch chipped in with 12 in the victory. The Tigers’ only double-digit scorer was Breanna Gates, who finished with 10. The loss snapped the team’s three-game win streak. Fourth-ranked (1A) Goodhue (10-3, 4-2 HVL) heads to La Crescent on Tuesday. Lake City (6-5, 2-4 HVL) heads to Triton on Tuesday.
Jacob Ugland and Ellis Hirman combined for 31 points, but it was not enough to put Zumbrota-Mazeppa past Kasson-Mantorville on Friday as the KoMets won the Hiawatha Valley League matchup 83-58 in Kasson. Ugland was 6 of 11 shooting to finish with a team-high 16 points. Hirman tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
It could be plastic wrap or Plexiglas, but whatever the lid is made of on top of Red Wing’s basket should be removed as soon as possible. The Wingers, winners of four of their first five games, dropped their fourth straight Friday night as Farmington walked out of Sonju Gymnasium with a 43-31 Missota Conference victory. About the only thing that went wrong for Red Wing was the ability to make shots. The Wingers had open looks throughout most of the game, including 20 3-point attempts that were rarely taken with a defender nearby.
With just seven games remaining in the regular season, the time is coming for Red Wing to start “climbing the ladder,” as head coach Scott Haley likes to say. The Wingers took a big first step toward postseason play Thursday with an 8-0 victory over Missota Conference rival Shakopee. “Candidly, I thought this was our best game of the year. They played us tough up there, (a) 3-2 (Red Wing win), and they were up 2-0 at one point,” Haley said.
Coming off back-to-back losses at the Robbinsdale Tournament, and five losses in eight games dating back to Dec. 12, a fast start and a victory was on the list of important things Friday for the Red Wing girls hockey team. And in just their third home game since Dec. 5, the Wingers got checked off both of those items with a four-goal first period, and a 5-2 Missota Conference victory over Northfield. “It was a game we played some of our best hockey of the year at times, (and) we played some of our worst hockey at times,” said Red Wing head coach Scott Haley.
ROCHESTER -- The future of the Big Nine Conference is a competitive one. But, in the here and now, there are a lot of underclassmen in need of some seasoning. And that comes with playing time, minutes that are accumulating as this season rolls on. Take Saturday’s seventh-place in the Rochester Rotary Tournament. Red Wing, at times, had zero seniors on the floor.
ROCHESTER – At the midway point of the first half, Rochester Lourdes took its second lead of the game against Red Wing. It would be more than eight minutes into the second half before the Wingers would again gain an advantage. But it would not hold as the Wingers scored just nine points in the last 8 minutes, 39 seconds, and dropped their first-round Rochester Rotary Tournament game against the Eagles, 63-51. “We quit competing. We didn’t box out. Second shots killed us, third shots (too),” said Red Wing head coach Dave Muelken of the Wingers second-half woes.
ROCHESTER – With a little more than seven minutes to play in Thursday’s Rochester Rotary Tournament first-round game, Goodhue’s Mikayla Miller hit the floor hard. Miller stayed down, holding her head before standing and walking off the Mayo Civic Auditorium court. The Wildcats held a tenuous nine-point lead over Rochester Century, a lead that was cut into immediately following Miller’s exit. Four minutes later, Miller checked back into the game. Goodhue still had a lead thanks to stellar defense, composed ball handlers and an offense that hit 4 of 6 free throws.