Lake City needed a late run on Wednesday to topple Stewartville, 53-45, in the Section 1AA quarterfinals at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Second-seeded Lake City scored the final eight points of the game to win its 15th-straight game.
Nathan Heise had a game-high 16 points for Lake City while Marc Kjos added 14. Jake Wohlers had nine points for Lake City, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer that started the 8-0 surge that proved the difference.
Carter Groski's 14 points were a team-high for seventh-seeded Stewartville.
Sixth-ranked Lake City (24-3) will be back in Rochester to face Byron (23-6) at 8 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. The two teams split the season series with each team winning on the road. The Bears won 57-55 on Jan. 9 with Lake City taking the Feb. 16 game, 74-71. Top-seeded and fourth-ranked Caledonia (24-4) and fourth-seeded St. Charles (24-4) will meet in the other semifinal. The Saints beat the Warriors, 79-75, on Jan. 4.
The Section 1AA championship game is at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, back at Mayo Civic Center.
Byron 41, Z-M 36
After losing by 34 points to Byron on the last day of February, Zumbrota-Mazeppa put a scare into the Bears in Wednesday's Section 1AA quarterfinal at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. However, Byron would shake off a three-point halftime deficit to send the Cougars home for the season with a 41-36 win.
Sixth-seeded Z-M had a 24-21 lead after 18 minutes, but Byron's defense shined in the second half, holding the Cougars to 12 points. Jacob Niebuhr had 17 points for Z-M, leading all scorers. Zach Hutton added eight points for the Cougars while the third-seeded Bears were led by Kaden Koski's nine.
Z-M finished the season 20-7. Byron (23-6) moves on to face Lake City (24-3) in Saturday's semifinals.
Spring Grove 60, Goodhue 42
Goodhue won just 10 games in the regular season, but the 10th-seeded Wildcats upset seventh-seeded Schaeffer Academy in the second round of the Section 1A tournament. On Wednesday, Goodhue had second-seeded Spring Grove on the ropes at halftime, but the Lions broke free in the second half, beating the two-time defending section champion Wildcats, 60-42.
The two teams were tied, 17-17, at the break, thanks in large part to Goodhue slowing the game down. But Alex Folz scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Lions pulled away.
The Wildcats, who finish 11-17 on the season, were led by Mitchell Schrimpf's 13 points, and also got nine from Mitchell Hemenway.
Spring Grove (23-5) will face 11th-seeded Lyle/Pacelli (16-10) on Saturday in the semifinals. The Athletics upset third-seeded Wabasha-Kellogg (16-12) on Wednesday, 73-61. Top-seeded Rushford-Peterson (21-7) and fifth-seeded Kingsland (17-11) will meet in the other semifinal.Tuesday
Maple River 43, K-W 33
Second-seeded Maple River held seventh-seeded Kenyon-Wanamingo to 13 first-half points in a 43-33 Sub-section 2AA South, quarterfinal victory on Tuesday.
Eagle Mason Sohre led all scorers with 16 points, while the Knights got 10 points, four rebounds and four assists from Tate Erlandson. Sohre and Erlandson were the only two scorers in double digits.
K-W ends the season 1-26.