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Holding on to a one-point halftime lead, Goodhue's defense, led by Lexie Lodermeier in the paint, slowed down Byron en route to a 49-37 Hiawatha Valley League win Thursday in Goodhue. Lodermeier came off the bench to defend Bears' 6-foot-5 post Ayoka Lee. Lee finished with 18 points, but only six came after halftime.
For the second time this week, an opponent struck first. But Red Wing responded with plenty of force. And after a 6-3 Big Nine Conference victory at Rochester Mayo on Thursday, the Wingers have won five straight games, outscoring opponents 23-6.
Lake City improved to 4-0 on Thursday night after disposing of Chatfield 65-31 in non-conference play at Lincoln High School. Daynalyn Jostock had a double-double for the Tigers with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Allison Kubista hit five 3-pointers for 15 points to go with five steals, Julia Anderson tallied 13 points, and Deandra Oelkers facilitated the offense with seven assists to go along with three points. Lake City will try to end the week with the undefeated record intact when it hosts Hayfield on Friday.
Pine Island improved to 2-0 on Thursday after holding on for a 70-58 non-conference win over Lewiston-Altura. "It was a game of runs," said Panthers head coach Jim McNamara. "We built up a 15-point lead midway through the first half, but L-A cut it to seven by halftime. We started strong in the second half and got the lead up to 12 but L-A cut it to five with seven minutes left. We out-rebounded the Cardinals by 16 tonight which helped get our transition game going and led to some layup baskets."
Down to the last second, literally, Logan Sammon put the Red Wing boys' hockey team into the win column. Tied 2-2 with Henry Sibley Tuesday night in West St. Paul, Sammon scored the game-winning goal with one second left in regulation to give the Wingers a 3-2 road victory. Seth Cushing had an assist on the game-winning goal after tying the game up at 2-2 at the 3:28 mark of the third period with a short-handed goal off a helper from Tyler DeFore.
After a scoreless first period, things were looking promising for Faribault when Haley Lang scored a goal at the 1-minute, 58-second mark of the second period to go up 1-0 on Red Wing, hoping to pull an upset. Then, Taylor Heise and the Wingers' offense took over.
A year ago, Winona was the Section 1AAA champion and reached the Class 3A championship game. So it was a huge coup for Red Wing on Tuesday night as they were tied at 29-29 with its Big Nine Conference rival.
A chance to win at the horn fell just short as Randolph took a 43-42 loss to Bethlehem Academy on Tuesday. Grant Otte led the Rockets with 17 points, while Calvin Stoesz and Joey Erickson each added seven points. Jack Clark (14) and Brenden Trump (10) each scored in double figures for the Cardinals. Randolph (1-1) is off the rest of the week with a Tuesday road trip to Lyle-Pacelli coming up.
Daynalyn Jostock was held to just two points in the first half, but exploded for 20 in the second to lead Lake City to a 64-41 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Tuesday. Julia Anderson had 11 points for the Tigers, who held a 24-17 lead at halftime. Tatum Pickar had a team-high 14 points for the Bombers, with Kaly Banks adding 10 points and 13 rebounds. Kara Loeschke had eight rebounds and four assists in the loss. The Tigers (3-0, 1-0 HVL) will host Chatfield on Thursday while the Bombers (0-3, 0-1) will head to Rochester to face Lourdes on Friday.
A defensive struggle in the second half played into the hands of Goodhue on Tuesday as the Wildcats topped Blooming Prairie, 54-41. The two teams combined for 31 points over the final 18 minutes, with the Awesome Blossoms accounting for just a dozen of those. Sam McNamara (15 points, seven rebounds) and Mitchell Hemenway (14 points) led the way for Goodhue, which held a 35-29 lead at halftime. Jake Ressler's 10 points was Blooming Prairie's highest output. Goodhue (2-0) will head to Hayfield on Friday and will host Lyle-Pacelli on Saturday.