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Free throws sealed the deal for Lake City on Friday as the Tigers remained perfect in Hiawatha Valley League play with a 65-55 victory over Byron. Nathan Heise led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points. Lake City hit 12 3-pointers, and finished 17 of 24 from the foul line to pull away from what was a four-point lead with less than two minutes to play.
Allison Kubista's 22 points, much of which came on five 3-pointers, led Lake City to a 66-56 victory over Byron on Friday. Daynalyn Jostock added 20 points in the Hiawatha Valley League victory, and Deandra Oelkers had nine points, six assists and four steals.
Cannon Falls had a one-point halftime lead on Hiawatha Valley League opponent Hayfield on Friday. But the Vikings owned the final 18 minutes, eventually pulling away for a 48-35 victory. Cobie Vagts had 10 points for the Bombers, with Ryan Dircx adding nine. Carlton Lindow had six points in the loss.
Undefeated Goodhue traveled to two-loss Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Friday in what was hoped to be a big Hiawatha Valley League showdown between the Highway 58 rivals. But the Wildcats dominated the contest, holding the Cougars to 13 first-half points en route to a 55-37 victory.
The dual as a whole, by score, was not all that entertaining. Zumbrota-Mazeppa beat up Goodhue, 51-13, on Thursday. But the Hiawatha Valley League matchup was not without entertainment.
Limiting Zumbrota-Mazeppa to 12 first-half points, Goodhue beat its Highway 58 rivals on Friday in a 55-32 Hiawatha Valley League victory in Goodhue. Maddy Miller paced the Wildcats with 18 points, followed by a 13-point, eight-rebound performance from Sydney Lodermeier. McKenzie Ryan scored eight points, and Emily Benrud continued her strong rebounding streak with eight boards to go with seven points.
Red Wing could not move past the .500 mark in the Big Nine Conference after taking a 98-83 loss at Northfield on Thursday. Ben Schaffer and William Meacham got the Wingers' individual first-place finishes. Schaffer was the winner in the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 8.86 seconds while Meacham was the top swimmer in the 100 butterfly in 54.82. Meacham also had a second-place showing in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.64.
Red Wing finally got back to competition on Thursday, the first time in the New Year, and first since Dec. 20. The time off paid off as the Wingers' 130.075 was a season best and took third in Mankato, behind Mankato West (141.55), Worthington (137.2) and ahead of Mankato East (111.725).
Zumbrota-Mazeppa kept things close throughout Thursday's game against Dover-Eyota, but the Eagles did just enough to fend off the Cougars for a 53-44 victory. Ali Hunstad had 14 points and five rebounds for Z-M, while Makayla Arendt finished with 11 points and eight boards in the loss. The Cougars (7-7) hit the road against Goodhue on Friday.
Led by three players filling the stat sheet in numerous ways, Lake City got by St. Charles on Thursday, 57-42. Allison Kubista had 12 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals for the Tigers, while Deandra Oelkers had 10 points, eight assists and five steals. Daynalyn Jostock picked up a double-double for Lake City with a gam-high 21 points and 16 boards. Kileigh Schult-Hansen led the Saints with 15 points. The Tigers (8-5) visited Byron on Friday.