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Climbing out of a 10-point halftime deficit against Shakopee was going to be tough enough for Red Wing.
Three Wildcats scored in double figures as Goodhue handled Kenyon-Wanamingo Friday night, 53-36. Tyler Schumacher scored 18 points, Riley Bollum had 13 and Riley Augustine finished with 10 as the Wildcats held the Knights to 12 first-half points. Alex Thomforde dished out six assists in the Hiawatha Valley League victory, which moved Goodhue to 11-7 overall, and 5-7 in conference play. The Wildcats will visit Lake City Tuesday, then host Pine Island Thursday.
In a battle of the Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division’s best, Kenyon-Wanamingo took Round 1. Friday's highly-anticipated matchup between ranked opponents saw the second-ranked (2A) Knights pull away with a 73-54 victory over fourth-ranked (1A) Goodhue in Kenyon. The visiting Wildcats led by as much as six in the first half, but the offense sputtered.
Byron jumped ahead early on Lake City Friday and never looked back, cruising to a 69-33 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday at Lincoln High School. Taking a 30-12 halftime lead, the Bears were led by Reed Klunder and Vanessa Anderson, who finished with 17 and 14 points, respectively. The Tigers’ top scorer was Breanna Gates, who finished with 13 points. Lake City (7-8, 3-7 HVL) is set to face Triton on Monday
Sprinting out to a quick 45-20 halftime lead, Cannon Falls’ shooters hit 60 percent of their shots on the way to a 78-51 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday at Zumbrota-Mazeppa. “We shot the ball pretty well all night,” said Bombers’ head coach Josh Davisson. “Brock (Peterson) had five threes, all in the first half.
With both teams looking for consecutive wins, Zumbrota-Mazeppa got the better of Cannon Falls on Friday with a 54-32 Hiawatha Valley League victory in Cannon Falls. On offense, the Cougars were led by Carley Henning, who finished with 16 points. Molly Lawler chipped in with 12. More importantly, Z-M held the Bombers without a double-digit scorer as Grace Rutter and Hailey Huseth led Cannon Falls with six points apiece.
Farmington’s 137.575 was enough to get a Missota Conference victory Friday over Red Wing, but the Wingers’ score of 126.35 was a season high. “We had an awesome meet,” said co-head coach Lisa Hanson. “As a team, we’re really connecting and coming together. They nailed their routines, and aside from some lower bar scores, we were solid all around. This proves how strong they’re becoming, and they keep going up which is what we want to see at this time of the year.” Irina Anderson led Red Wing on the vault (9.175) with Morgan Hughes a half-point behind at 8.675.
A back-and-forth, seven-to-seven Hiawatha Valley League dual meet went the way of Stewartville Thursday night as the Tigers were able to hold Cannon Falls at bay thanks to four pins and the bonus points provided. Paul Fitterer (113 pounds) earned an 18-3 technical fall over Tyler Laures to get the Bombers on the board after Stewartville began the dual with a fall.
Paced by a big first half from Brady Kuchinka, Lake City moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 72-50 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Kenyon-Wanamingo Thursday in Kenyon. Kuchinka scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the first half. He finished the game 3-for-3 from 3-point range, 4-for-4 from the free-throw line, and had three assists in the victory.
Lake City ran into Class 2A’s second-ranked team and had a hard time scoring points on the Knights in a 59-29 Hiawatha Valley League loss Thursday in Lake City. K-W’s Siri Sviggum led all scorers with 17 points, while Madi Green had a team-high eight points for the Tigers. Lake City (7-7, 3-6 HVL) hosts Byron on Friday.