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Shooting 62 percent from the floor, Goodhue’s patient approach paid dividends Thursday in a Section 1A matchup with Bethlehem Academy as the Wildcats won 54-42 in Faribault. Ben Opsahl finished with a game-high 21 points on 10 of 15 shooting along with three rebounds. Taylor Buck came up with 11 points, two assists and two steals, and Jacob McNamara put together a strong performance with nine points and six rebounds.
Red Wing scored on four of its 10 shots in the first period en route to a 10-2 blow out of Big Nine Conference rival Winona on Thursday. Eight different Wingers scored against the Winhawks, with Spencer Kronbeck's hat trick leading the way. Josh Partington, Cam Blue, Tyler DeFore, Jack Maroushek, Drew Siewert, Nick Ramstad and Logan Sammon each had a goal for Red Wing, with DeFore and Sammon totaling two points on the night.
The match of the night came early as John Altendorf held off Jack Williams, 3-1, to give Goodhue a 9-0 lead over Pine Island on Thursday. The Wildcats would ride three pins and a handful of forfeits to a 55-24 victory over the Panthers. Baxter O'Reilly, Kaleb O'Reilly and Kodee O'Reilly each picked up six points by fall for Goodhue. Dawson Fallon had a pin for Pine Island, as did Mason Pike and Matt Riley.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa opened Thursday's Hiawatha Valley League triangular with a 63-9 victory over Cannon Falls, and closed it by falling, 53-9, to Kasson-Mantorville. The KoMets downs the Bombers, 81-0, in the middle dual. Sam Nordquist and Jacob Bennett picked up wins for the Cougars against K-M, while Cooper Peterson, Gavin Gates and Hayden Strain picked up some points for Cannon Falls against Z-M.
Down 21-13 at halftime to Pine Island on Thursday, Goodhue clawed back to take a 41-36 Hiawatha Valley League road win. The Wildcats won despite having no players in double digits. Maddy Miller led the way with eight points, followed by seven each for Sydney Lodermeier and Mariah Tipcke. Megan Ryan and Emily Benrud both finished with six points in the victory.
Kenyon-Wanamingo had trouble containing Byron’s Ayoka Lee in the paint as the 6-foot-5 post led the Bears to a 62-58 Hiawatha Valley League win Thursday. Lee finished with 24 points and 19 rebounds, followed by 11 points from Lexi Glynn and 10 by Josie Bisgard.
Randolph's Alyssa Whitson hit a school-record eight 3-pointers Thursday as part of a 76-39 Southeast Conference victory against Glenville-Emmons. Finishing with 41 points, Whitson was 8 of 13 from 3-point range and 13 of 23 overall while also coming up with five steals and three rebounds. Hannah Neil added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Maddie Grant finished with seven points and seven rebounds in the Rockets' victory.
Eighth-grader Erin Lamb had a game-high 27 points, with teammate Lily Welch dropping in 16 points as Stewartville beat Lake City in Hiawatha Valley League play Thursday at Lincoln High School, 68-40. For Lake City, Morgan West led the team with 12 points along with four rebounds. Daynalyn Jostock approached a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. With its losing streak now at seven games, Lake City (9-12, 3-11 HVL) will head to Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday.
Stewartville played spoiler Thursday against Lake City, using a 16-3 run to open the game, bookended with a pair of Sam Barnes free throws near the end of the game in a 48-44 victory in Stewartville. Nik Thiel paced Stewartville with 15 points, followed by 14 from Carter Groski. Stewartville took a 30-26 halftime lead thanks to six 3-pointers in the first half.
Two of the Hiawatha Valley League's top teams provided some extra basketball on Tuesday. And thanks to Maddy McCauley's buzzer-beating layup as the clock expired in overtime, Kenyon-Wanamingo walked into the visiting the locker room a 79-77 victor over second-ranked (Class 1A) Goodhue. The game went to overtime thanks to Mara Quam, who hit three layups with a second left in the game to tie the game at 68-68. Quam had a game-high 35 points. Behind her, Savannah Bleess finished with 17 points for the Knights, followed by seven for Tess Hokanson.