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Zumbrota-Mazeppa inched closer to a .500 mark in the Hiawatha Valley League, notching a 59-51 home win against Hayfield on Tuesday. Pacing the Cougars was Jacob Niebuhr, who finished with a team-high 16 points along with three assists and four rebounds. Isaiah Nolte added 12 points and three rebounds, and Tyler Grudem added 10 points in the victory. Alex Guse tallied seven points, six assists and six rebounds. The Vikings' Trace Tebay finished with a game-high 26 points along with seven rebounds, while Mason Tapp also finished in double figures with 10.
Red Wing stayed within five points of seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Austin after one half Tuesday, trailing 37-32. But the Packers were able to pull away in the second half, outscoring the Wingers 38-21 as part of a 75-53 Big Nine Conference victory in Austin. Kipp Adams and Jawon Terry tied for Red Wing's lead in points with 14, with Adams also hauling in a team-high five rebounds. Terry was 4 of 6 from 3-point range, with the team going 9 of 19 from behind the arc. Seth Yeatman also finished in double digits with 10 points.
Even with Broc Finstuen putting together a monster game for Pine Island, Lake City' three double-digit scorers and a 12 of 19 performance from 3-point range helped the Tigers to a key 63-49 home victory in Hiawatha Valley League and Section 1AA play Tuesday. Leading Lake City was Marc Kjos, who had a team-high 19 points on 5 of 6 shooting from 3-point range while also coming up with three rebounds and three assists. Mitch Marien finished with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Nathan Heise had 11 points with a 3-for-5 night from 3-point range.
Pine Island overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Hiawatha Valley League opponent Kasson-Mantorville, 66-65, on Monday. Panther Eliza Warneke had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Brooke Sinning added 21 points and six assists. Warneke also had three steals, three assists and two blocks.
Red Wing managed to get shots off, even out-shooting Owatonna on Monday. But the Huskies limited the Wingers to 32 percent from the field, taking down Red Wing in the process, 67-54. Morgan Zebro finished with 18 points in the loss, but did hit 50 percent of her 3-pointers (6 of 12). Lindsay Reps had 11 points for the Wingers. Red Wing (12-6, 10-5 Big Nine) hosts Austin on Tuesday and Albert Lea on Friday.
Broc Finstuen's double-double, and team-leading 18 points, led Pine Island to a 68-58 victory over Chatfield on Monday. Finstuen finished with 13 rebounds and six assists as well, with Mark Mboya Kotieno adding 17 points and seven boards. Camden Heepke contributed 16 points to the winning cause. Alex Hompe led the Gophers with 18 points. Pine Island (16-3, 8-2 HVL) will put its nine-game winning streak on the line Tuesday at Lake City.
Fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Plainview-Elgin-Millville left Lake City on Monday with an 84-67 victory over the Tigers, keeping the Bulldogs undefeated in Hiawatha Valley League play. The Tigers were led by Allison Kubista's 18 points. Morgan West added 13 for Lake City, with both Daynalyn Jostock and Julia Anderson both scoring 10. Lake City (9-11, 3-10 HVL) is on a six-game skid, which it hopes to stop Thursday against Stewartville.
Taylor Heise had a second-period hat trick, and Red Wing wrapped up a Big Nine Conference title on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over Winona. Nicole Oberding put the Wingers up 1-0 in the first, on assists from Heise and Emily Hart. Heise followed with two unassisted goals in the second, with her third coming an a feed from Oberding. Heise assisted Kendal Swanson in the third for the game's final score. Red Wing (16-5-4, 11-0-2 Big Nine) will host the Winhawks (1-21-2, 0-13-2) on Wednesday in the first round of the Section 1A tournament.
With 12 points from Jacob McNamara and 11 from Taylor Buck, Goodhue managed to hang onto a one-point halftime lead en route to a 52-49 Hiawatha Valley League win against Hayfield on Friday night. Behind McNamara and Buck, brothers Ben and Sam Opsahl had nine points each for the sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Wildcats.
A five-point game at halftime turned into a runaway win for Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Friday as the Cougars outscored Triton by 16 in the second half to pick up a 71-50 Hiawatha Valley League victory. Isaiah Nolte led Z-M with 19 points, while Robvon Jackson added 13 points and three steals. Jacob Niebuhr came up with 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists in the win. The Cougars (12-7, 5-7 HVL) host Hayfield on Tuesday.