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Cannon Falls fought off Goodhue in a tightly contested matchup earning the win, 51-42, on Friday. Isaac Banks led the Bombers with 13 points, followed by Drew Otte with 11. Sam Opsahl led the Wildcats with 16 points while Mitchell Hemenway had 11. The Bombers (9-11) will welcome Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday and Dover-Eyota on Thursday. The Wildcats (10-12) will head to Triton on Tuesday and Hayfield on Friday. Lake City 57, Lourdes 48 A late run lifted Lake City to a 57-48 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Rochester Lourdes on Friday.
Red Wing needed all of regulation and then some to take care of a hot shooting Stewartville team. The Tigers shot 53 percent from the floor, 57 percent from behind the arc, but still came up short as the Wingers pulled out the victory, 61-57, on Friday. The Wingers were led by Lindsay Reps with 25 points and Tayzha Buck with 16. Abi Deming nabbed 14 rebounds as the starting five played the majority of the minutes in this long affair. The win puts Red Wing at 17-4 overall and 13-4 in the Big Nine Conference. Next up, the Wingers host Faribault at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa beat Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 50-12, and Pine Island, 68-9, to sweep a home triangular on Thursday. The Bulldogs beat the Panthers, 60-10, in the third dual. The matches were the end of the regular season as section tournaments begin next week. Z-M (Section 1A) and Pine Island (Section 1AA) open the postseason on Thursday. Both sections have semifinals and finals at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Saturday, Feb. 17. Lake City 46, Triton 27
Drew Siewert scored late in the first period on Thursday, and it seemed to spark Red Wing's offense. The Wingers scored three times in the second, and four times in the third, in a 9-3 win over Winona. Red Wing's Gavin Lampe got the first goal of the game, 2 minutes, 23 seconds into the first on an assist from Cam Blue. Roman Grulkowski tied it for the Winhawks nine minutes later. Siewert buried a Teddy Lillico pass at 16:21 to give the Wingers a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Cannon Falls proved a worthy opponent on Friday, but Goodhue was too tough to take down. The Wildcats won the Hiawatha Valley League bout, 59-43. Arianna Thomforde had a game-high 20 points for Goodhue, while Sydney Lodermeier added 16 points and seven rebounds. Kaly Banks led the Bombers with 16 points, and Tatum Pickar added 10 in the loss. Saturday, Cannon Falls (9-14) hosts Christ's Household of Faith while Goodhue (18-5) will take the long bus ride to face Lyle/Pacelli. Lourdes 80, Lake City 55
Austin forced 20 Red Wing turnovers on Monday, which helped the Packers upset the ninth-ranked Wingers, 69-56. Individual statistics were not available at press time. Red Wing (15-4) had a four-game winning streak end against Austin, and will attempt to start a new one Thursday at Albert Lea in the second of a three-game road trip. That ends Friday at Stewartville.
Red Wing could not contain second-ranked Austin's offense on Monday, falling to the Packers, 87-47. The Wingers hung around for a bit in the first half, and trailed 47-30 at the break. But Austin held Red Wing to 17 second-half points while scoring 40. Zach Cota and DonTray Johnson both scored 10 points for the Wingers, with Tre Moore adding nine and Seth Yeatman finishing with eight. Cota also led the team with six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
With a handful of games left in the regular season, Red Wing has come off a three-game unbeaten streak with consecutive losses, the latest a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Albert Lea on Monday. Noah Bolland and Teddy Lillico both scored for the Wingers in the first period against the Tigers, but Albert Lea held a 3-2 lead going into the first intermission.
Reid Gastner missed just two of his 11 shots to lead Lake City to a 73-62 win over Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Saturday. Gastner finished with a game-high 19 points, followed by Marc Kjos with 18, and Zach Bremer and Jake Wohlers with 12 each. Nathan Heise had eight rebounds and six points for the Tigers. Griffin Doughty (18) and David Penrose (17) combined for 25 points for the Bulldogs.
Goodhue had a good day at the Armstrong Duals on Saturday, winning all three of its matches. The Wildcats opened with a 36-32 win over Mounds View, followed with a 37-30 victory over Maple Grove, and closed with 58-15 domination of Eastview. Maddox O'Reilly, Baxter O'Reilly, Joel Breuer, Mason Huemann and Kodee O'Reilly all went 3-0 on the day.