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With stud post player Kristin Scott out after twisting her ankle midway through the first half, Goodhue figured it had an opening to knock off Class 3A's fourth-ranked team. But Class 1A's second-ranked squad had trouble scoring in the paint and the comeback try fell short as the KoMets came away with a 52-49 Hiawatha Valley League win Tuesday.
A three-goal second period was more than enough for Red Wing to pick up a 5-0 Big Nine Conference victory over Albert Lea on Tuesday. Taylor Heise scored the first three goals in the game, including once in the first period, and twice in the second period. Gabby Magill also had a second-period goal with Sophia DiNatale adding one in the third. Nicole Oberding finished with three assists in the win. Tyler McGrath was challenged just nine times, but stopped every shot she saw while Maddie Schneider made 33 saves in the loss.
Albert Lea used two power-play goals in the second period to take the lead, but Red Wing stormed back with three in the third to win the Big Nine Conference tilt, 4-3. Seth Cushing scored unassisted 9 minutes, 48 seconds into the first, giving the Wingers a 1-0 advantage. Austin Dulitz and Cole Wentzel made it 2-1 in favor of the Tigers in the first 6:12 of the second. Cushing would tie the game at 4:10 of the third on an assist from Tyler DeFore, but Mitchell Evans pushed Albert Lea back in front at 8:44.
Lake City had three players score at least 10 points while holding Cannon Falls' highest scorer to eight in a 68-34 Tigers victory on Tuesday. Nathan Heise led the Hiawatha Valley Leage game with 17 points, with Marc Kjos adding 13 and Zach Bremer 10 in the win. Ryan Dirckx and Carlton Lindow both had eight points for the Bombers. Lake City (14-2, 10-0 HVL) host Kasson-Mantorville on Friday, and Cannon Falls will welcome Kenyon-Wanamingo the same day.
Four players scored in double figures for Pine Island as the Panthers knocked off Lake City, 61-48, in Hiawatha Valley League action on Tuesday. Eliza Warneke had 14 points for Pine Island, while Brooke Sinning, Autumn Pin and Emilie Rucker each added 13. Warneke also had 19 rebounds and three steals. Pin added six boards and six assists. No individual stats were available from the Tigers. Pine Island (13-5, 5-5 HVL) has home games against St. Charles on Thursday, and Byron on Friday, while Lake City (9-9, 3-9) heads to Kasson-Mantorville on Friday.
Bethlehem Academy held a three-point lead at halftime, but Cannon Falls could not make up the difference in a 54-49 Hiawatha Valley League loss for the Bombers on Tuesday. Tatum Pickar had 20 points and eight rebounds for Cannon Falls, while Kaly Banks had seven points and 13 boards. Keely Skluzacek had a game-high 33 points for the Cardinals. The Bombers (3-14, 1-8 HVL) host Kenyon-Wanamingo on Friday, and cross the Wisconsin border to face Ellsworth on Monday.
Lyndsey Quam dominated the score sheet, leading Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 63-57, Hiawatha Valley League road victory over Stewartville on Tuesday. Quam scored a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds. Ali Hunstad had 16 points for the Cougars, and pulled down seven boards as well. Erin Lamb led the Tigers with 19 points, and Lily Welch added 17 in the loss. Z-M (9-10, 5-8 HVL) hosts Triton on Friday.
Pine Island used a 25-4 run over the final 12 minutes of the first half to put Randolph away early in a 60-33 victory for the Panthers on Monday. Eight different Pine Island players scored, led by Camden Heepke's 11 points. Grant Otte paced the Rockets with 18. Pine Island (14-3) begins a three-game road trip at Byron on Friday, while Randolph (9-7) will be home for the first time since Jan. 12 with a game against Schaeffer Academy on Thursday.
Mara Quam and Savannah Bleess both scored 20 points to lead Kenyon-Wanamingo to a 61-56 victory over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Monday. Kate Masberg had 19 points for the Buccaneers. K-W (11-7) stays local for its next two games, hosting Cannon Falls on Friday, and Randolph on Monday, Feb. 6.
Fourth-ranked Goodhue slowed it down against Rochester Lourdes on Saturday, and the Eagles played the same game. In the end, the Eagles would came away with a 38-34 Hiawatha Valley League victory. The Wildcats had a chance to tie or take the lead late, but a missed shot was rebounded by Lourdes and a pair of foul shots sealed the win for the Eagles. Taylor Buck, Ben Opsahl and Jacob McNamara each had 10 points for Goodhue (16-2, 8-2 HVL), which hosts Kasson-Mantorville on Tuesday, and Hayfield on Friday.