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For the third straight year, Lake City starts the season at 6-0 following a 69-46 non-conference win at Lewiston-Altura on Thursday. Marc Kjos scored 15 of his career-high 18 points in the first half, helping the Tigers build a 46-21 halftime lead. Zach Bremer had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Nathan Heise was second on the team with 13 points.
Cannon Falls managed to cut Hayfield's lead down to seven, but the Bombers could not corral the Vikings' 3-point shooters in a 54-44 Hiawatha Valley League loss on Thursday. Cobie Vagts scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half for Cannon Falls while Anthony Hurton finished with nine points in the loss. No other Bomber scored more than four points. Trace Tebay came up with 15 points for Hayfield, followed by 11 points apiece from Drew Olive and Mason Tapp.
Maddy Miller led a trio of Goodhue players in double digits as the Wildcats pulled away for a 71-50 non-conference win at Dover-Eyota on Thursday. Miller finished the game with 20 points along with six steals, followed by McKenzie Ryan, who hit four 3-pointers on the way to a 14-point night. Sydney Lodermeier came up with 13 points, and Emily Benrud approached a double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds. Haley Finstuen was the Eagles' top scorer with 11 points. No other D-E player put up double digits.
Kristin Scott scored 25 points and became Kasson-Mantorville's all-time leading scorer during Thursday's 63-48 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa. The Cougars were led by guard Lyndsey Quam, who shot 11 of 14 from the floor for a career-high 22 points. Behind her was Ali Hunstad, who tallied 17 points. “The nice thing about Ali was there were times there where she went up against Scott, put it up in her face and hit the shot,” said Z-M head coach Scott Paukert. “Maybe it's because she's young but she wasn't scared. It was kind of fun to watch.
Behind a 19-point, eight-rebound effort from Jacob McNamara, Goodhue kept its undefeated record intact on Thursday with a 62-42 non-conference win against Dover-Eyota in Goodhue. Along with McNamara's big nine, the Wildcats also got strong outings from Ben and Sam Opsahl. Ben tallied 17 points, four assists, five rebounds and two steals while Sam finished with 12 points and three assists. Taylor Buck chimed in with eight points and three assists in the victory. For the Eagles, Kale Pike was the only player in double digits with 11 points.
With Mara Quam leading the way with five 3-pointers, Kenyon-Wanamingo hit 11 triples in its 77-57 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Zumbrota-Mazeppa Tuesday in Kenyon. Quam had a game-high 25 points while Riley Dummer added 13 points, with three 3-pointers, and Savannah Bleess had 15 points, including two makes from beyond the arc. Tess Hokanson had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Morgan Burow nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds for the Knights. The Cougars got 17 points from Makayla Arendt, followed by 15 for Ali Hunstad.
Managing to hold Cannon Falls to two points in the first half as part of a 32-2 halftime lead, Goodhue cruised to a 51-19 Hiawatha Valley League victory Tuesday night in Goodhue. McKenzie Ryan paced the Wildcats with 14 points, followed by seven points and four rebounds from Sydney Lodermeier and six poince apiece from Megan Ryan, Maddy Miller and Lexie Lodermeier. Ten players scored points for Goodhue in the victory. Kara Loeschke had a team-high 10 points for Cannon Falls, followed by five points for Kalysa Banks.
Down 2-1 after two periods, Hastings scored three unanswered goals in the third period to take a non-conference win over Red Wing, 4-2, Tuesday in Hastings. The Raiders had a 1-0 lead after the first period after Peter Meyer scored an unassisted goal at the 14-minute, 3-second mark.
Lake City held a seven-point halftime lead, then held Pine Island to 18 second-half points in a 65-43 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Tuesday. The Tigers were led by Mitch Marien's game-high 23 points, which included a 10-for-12 night from the free-throw line.Marc Kjos (15) and Reid Gastner (11) also scored in double figures for Lake City. Pine Island was paced by Broc Finstuen's 21 points in the loss.
A 17-point lead at halftime only grew larger for Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Tuesday as the Cougars ran right by Kenyon-Wanamingo, 75-45, for a Hiawatha Valley League victory. Alex Guse led Z-M with 17 points, while Jacob Niebuhr added 14 in the win.Niebuhr also had 11 rebounds and four steals, while Landon Rauen had a team-high four assists. Jack Beulke and Gavin Roosen both had 13 points to lead the Knights.