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Down by double digits in the second half to visiting Chanhassen, Red Wing managed to make it a one-possession game with less than 10 seconds to go in Tuesday’s Missota Conference game. But a free throw by the Storm’s Maddie Santjer made it a three-point game with 7.4 seconds left, and a last-second 3-pointer by Red Wing’s Morgan Zebro went long to give Chanhassen the 53-50 road victory. The Wingers pieced together one of their strongest halves of the season, but it was disappointing to see their effort result in their 10th straight loss. “Tonight, we didn’t make that one la
The ball bounced Red Wing’s way on Tuesday. Down by one with 1.5 seconds left against one of the top teams in the Missota Conference, the Chanhassen Storm, the Wingers’ Isaac Toivonen set up for a desperation full-court heave.
CANNON FALLS - Lake City and Cannon Falls traded the lead throughout the first half of Tuesday’s Hiawatha Valley League contest. But as the game clock winded down, the Tigers pulled away from the host Bombers to secure a 63-54 victory. Cannon Falls started hot, going on an 11-2 run for a 19-10 lead with 8 minutes, 7 seconds left in the first half.
For the fifth straight season, Goodhue has reached the 20-win plateau as the fourth-ranked (1A) Wildcats easily disposed of Triton 64-27 for a Hiawatha Valley League victory Tuesday in Dodge Center. “It was a pretty good effort from start to finish for us,” said Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme. “Getting 20 wins for the fifth year in a row is a pretty neat accomplishment for our gals.” Pacing the Wildcats’ efforts was Mikayla Miller, who had 23 points and five assists.
Second-ranked (2A) Kenyon-Wanamingo ended Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s five-game win streak, but the Cougars showed some fight in a 51-45 Hiawatha Valley League loss Tuesday in Kenyon. “We started out really well. I think we had a 10-point lead midway through the (first) half. Then we started turning it over and they got within two (at halftime),” said Z-M head coach Scott Paukert. “The second half, they took the lead fairly early.” Leading the Knights’ comeback was Siri Sviggum, who Paukert said hit three 3-pointers in a manner of two minutes.
It’s been a long time since Red Wing lost its first playoff game. Regular season record aside, the Wingers find a way to score, and to win, once the postseason rolls around. That trend continued Tuesday as Red Wing crushed La Crescent, 8-1, behind a Fritz Belisle hat trick and a four-point game from Dylan Goggin. It was an offensive explosion that the Wingers and head coach Bob Rajanen have been waiting for since the season began in November. “We played well, it was nice to see,” Rajanen said.
For the first time in five years, Red Wing will be bringing a gymnast to state. In Saturday’s Section 1A championship meet in Inver Grove Heights, junior Irina Anderson scored a 9.15 in the vault, good for fourth place and a berth in the state championship meet.
Byron came away as the Hiawatha Valley League champion for the second straight year on Monday as the Gold Division champion Bears topped Cannon Falls 65-61 in Byron. Up 32-30 at halftime, the HVL Blue champion Bombers could not find their shot in the second half, aiding Byron on the way to a victory. As a team, Cannon Falls shot 5-for-25 from 3-point range. “They played a little more aggressively, and we didn’t shoot well with a lot of one-and-dones,” said Cannon Falls head coach Josh Davisson.
Cannon Falls got roughed up by the Hiawatha Valley League Blue Division’s top team as second-ranked (2A) Kenyon-Wanamingo won 68-35 Friday in Cannon Falls. The Knights got a balanced scoring effort with 13 points apiece from Siri Sviggum and Brittney Flom, nine points from Audra Clark and eight points from Mara Quam. Maggie Rutter had seven points and nine rebounds for the Bombers, while Leah Meyers came up with a team-high eight points.
Lake City’s Breanna Gates dropped 37 points to push the Tigers past Triton for a 68-63 Hiawatha Valley League victory Friday at Lincoln High School. With the victory, Lake City (10-11, 5-10 HVL) won consecutive games for the first time in over a month. Following Gates’ big night, Madi Green scored 11 points and Allison Kubista added 10 in the Tigers’ victory. The Cobras (3-18, 0-15 HVL) had four players in double dig