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Chad Aaker and Braxton Raymond combined to score 33 points as Kasson-Mantorville upended Lake City Friday night, 73-56. Reid Lundell scored a game-high 24 points, and Jesse Oliver added 16 for the Tigers (2-6). Lake City made 20 of 29 free throws, and trailed 28-23. The Tigers pulled within two with 16 minutes, 44 seconds to go in the game, but the KoMets pulled away from there. Lake City hosts Cannon Falls Tuesday.
Second-half scoring woes doomed Zumbrota-Mazeppa Friday night in a 75-46 loss to La Crescent. The Cougars scored just 14 points over the final 18 minutes, turning a 10-point halftime deficit into an ever-deepening hole. Hirman led Z-M with 20 points, adding five rebounds and two steals.
Trailing by as much as 10 points in the second half, Cannon Falls climbed back against Rochester Lourdes on Friday. And after finally taking the lead with a Tanner Carlson layup following a Hunter Johnson steal, the Bombers never relinquished the lead on the way to a 54-53 Hiawatha Valley League home victory. Coming away with a career night for Cannon Falls was senior Alex Bultena, who scored a career-best 27 points to go with three steals and three assists.
Heading over state lines to face Hudson on Friday, fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Red Wing came back into Minnesota a winner after a 65-48 victory. After a 3-pointer by Nick Powers right before halftime put the Wingers up 40-24, Red Wing never relented, holding a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest. “They were never able to make a run at us. They never got closer than 16 (in the second half),” said Wingers’ head coach Doug Toivonen.
Cannon Falls wrestled two matches Thursday, scoring 49 points in each dual. Combined, the Bombers’ opponents’, Byron in the first match, Hayfield in the second, could not duplicate that score. Cannon Falls topped the Bears, 49-20, then quieted the Vikings, 49-23. From 120 through 138 pounds, Paul Fitterer, Ryan Epps, Keston Lopez and Connor Rohr each recorded two wins. Derek Johnson, Nathan Melhouse, Clay Broze and Cooper Rohloff did the same in the upper weights for the Bombers. Cannon Falls, ranked No.
Sydney Kaye’s goal 44 seconds into the third period was the difference in the game as Chaska/Chanhassen handed top-ranked Red Wing its first loss of the season, 5-4 on Thursday. Kayla Oberding and Nicole Schammel each scored first-period goals for the Wingers, though the Hawks tied the game 2-2 at 16:59 of the opening frame. Chaska/Chanhassen also scored to open the second period, but Reagan Haley and Emily Stegora put the Wingers back on top with goals at 7:05 and 9:01, respectively.
Playing a back-and-forth second half, Kara Norvet’s 3-point dagger with 30 seconds left put Red Wing in the win column Thursday with a 58-54 road victory over Albert Lea. The Wingers were down by four with two minutes left in the game but made the climb back in a game that had “half a dozen” lead changes, according to Red Wing head coach Dave Muelken. Up by four in the final minute, Norvet got the ball behind the arc and made it a three-possession game.
In a word, Ellsworth was dominant on Thursday. Facing Middle Border Conference foe Baldwin-Woodville, the second-ranked (Division 2) Panthers had eight pinfalls, two decisions, one major decision and three matches won by forfeit in a 76-0 victory over the Blackhawks in Baldwin. The quickest pin for Ellsworth came from Logan Kemmerer, who won his 170-pound match against Tirston Thompson in 37 seconds.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa jumped out to a 18-0 lead after three matches and never looked back on the way to a 45-27 victory Tuesday in Dover. Hayden Stensland opened the match with a pinfall victory at 106 pounds over Michael Nelson in 1 minute, 47 seconds. Spencer Defrang (113) and Joey Majerus (120) also won in first-period pins at 1:19 and :42, respectively. Up 22-15 after seven matches, the Cougars put together three consecutive wins with a decision for Devin Manzy (152) and pinfalls for Noah Prodzinski (160) and Dillon Downes (170).
Lake City’s Reid Lundell returned from injury and scored a career-high 26 points, but it was not enough for the Tigers as they lost 66-52 to sixth-ranked (2A) Rochester Lourdes Tuesday in Rochester. Lundell finished 9 of 15 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.