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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.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa held off Lewiston-Altura on Monday for a 55-53 victory. The Cougars had a seven-point lead at halftime, but the Cardinals outscored Z-M, 32-27, in the second half. Alex Guse and Robvon Jackson each had 10 points for the Cougars, with Isaiah Nolte adding nine. Alex Brown had 18 points for L-A. Z-M (10-2) hosts Goodhue on Friday.
Lake City hit 14 3-pointers, including 10 in the first half, in an easy 79-38 victory over La Crescent on Monday. Marc Kjos scored 17 points for the Tigers while Nathan Heise and Reid Gastner each had 11. Lake City out-rebounded the Lancers 39-18, and led 47-20 at halftime. Lake City (9-1) hosts Byron on Friday.
Ben Opsahl and Jacob McNamara combined for 29 points in Goodhue's 52-28 dismantling of Lyl-Pacelli on Monday. Opsahl had 15 points and three steals, while McNamara had seven rebounds to go with his 14 points. Brady Lester led L-P with 12 points. on Saturday, Goodhue held Southland to 36-percent shooting, helping the Wildcats to 54-41 victory. Taylor Buck's 18 points were a game high, while Opsahl had 14 points and five rebounds in the win. Both Buck and Opsahl had three steals. Jared Landherr had 12 points to lead the Rebels.
Boys basketball Hayfield 71, Z-M 62 A 10-point halftime deficit was too much for Zumbrota-Mazeppa to overcome on Friday in a 71-62 Hiawatha Valley League loss to Hayfield. Alex Guse had 19 points for the Cougars, and Isaiah Nolte added 15. Z-M's Jacob Niebuhr had 10 points and five assists. Girls basketball Cannon Falls 49, Triton 27 A little more than a week after losing to Triton, Cannon Falls beat the Cobras, 49-27, on Friday to pick up its first victory of the season.
Two Section 1A favorites – third-ranked Goodhue and 10th-ranked Lyle-Pacelli – took the floor on Saturday. The game was close, as expected, going into overtime tied at 46-46. And thanks to a six-point effort in the bonus period from Maddy Miller, the Wildcats were able to secure the 54-49 victory on their home floor. “It was very close throughout, pretty low scoring. Then in the second half, things opened up and we tied it up,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. “From there, Maddy Miller supplied some big points in overtime.”
Faribault didn't shoot well from the free-throw line, but the Falcons made five more shots from the stripe and that was enough for a 63-58 Big Nine Conference victory over Red Wing on Friday. The Wingers were led by Jawon Terry's 23 points, with Kipp Adams' 20 also a key factor. Red Wing's next-highest scorer, Nathan Carlson, had just eight points. Adams also had 10 rebounds and a pair of steals in the loss. Faribault hit 10 of 20 fouls shots compared to the Wingers' 5-for-5 performance. Red Wing (3-7, 2-5 Big Nine) hosts Owatonna on Tuesday.
Grant Otte scored his 1,000th career point, and led Randolph to a 73-58 victory over Heritage Academy on Friday. Otte had 27 points, while teammate Joey Erickson had 14. Rocket Calvin Stoesz had 13 points in the win. Randolph (5-4) heads to Winona on Thursday to face Hope Lutheran.
Marc Kjos gave Lake City a lead with 20 seconds to play, and Mitch Marien hit the insurance free-throws to give Lake City a 59-56 victory over Rochester Lourdes on Friday. The final game of a seven-game road trip, Lake City needed the late-game heroics after Dominic Sieve hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds on the clock to give the Eagles a one-point lead. But Kjos hit a shot, and a jump ball gave possession to the Tigers on the ensuing play. Marien then hit two foul shots and Lourdes missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.