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Zumbrota-Mazeppa tallied its fifth win in a row and its eighth victory in the past nine games after holding off Pine Island for a 30-24 Hiawatha Valley League win Friday in Zumbrota. “They did tie it at 16 early in the second, but we went ahead and for the rest of the half, we had a four-to-six point lead the rest of the way,” said Cougars’ head coach Scott Paukert.
Ellis Hirman had 20 points and 20 rebounds, and teammate Jacob Tschann added 19 points, but it was not enough for Zumbrota-Mazeppa to win its regular-season finale as Pine Island won the Hiawatha Valley League matchup 74-59 Friday in Pine Island. Not to be outdone by Hirman’s big night, the Panthers’ Ben Warneke had 38 points on 15 of 21 shooting from the field. He also had seven rebounds. Broc Finstuen added 10 points to Pine Island’s efforts. The Cougars (7-15, 5-13 HVL) open first-round play in the Section 1AA tournament on Thursday. Seedings are yet to be announced.
In its final regular season game, Cannon Falls plodded along with Kenyon-Wanamingo to claim a 57-36 Hiawatha Valley League victory. Hunter Johnson scored 12 points to go along with five rebounds, four steals and two assists in a game that the Knights tried to slow down as much as possible. “We know each other pretty well, so that happens,” said Cannon Falls head coach Josh Davisson.
Lake City continued its tear through the second half of the season Friday with a 73-45 dismantling of Hiawatha Valley League foe Triton. Jesse Oliver scored 19 points on 7-of-7 shooting, including a 5-of-5 night on 3-pointers. Reid Lundell was right behind Oliver with 18 points and seven rebounds while Brady Kuchinka added 12 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Down by double digits in the first half, Goodhue knew it had to do two things to climb back against La Crescent on Thursday. “A thing we’ve stressed all year is to finish the first half strong and start the second half strong,” said Wildcats’ head coach Josh Wieme. The Wildcats managed to cut the Lancers’ lead to one at halftime, and Goodhue managed to pull away in the second half to take the Hiawatha Valley League win 63-53 in La Crescent. Mikayla Miller had a game-high 27 points for the Wildcats to go with six rebounds and four steals.
Trying to get back into the win column, the Red Wing girls basketball team left Byron with a bad taste in their mouths after a 66-62 overtime loss to the host Bears in non-conference play. After a hard foul that was not called in the waning seconds of regulation to a loose-ball foul in overtime that went against the Wingers, head coach Dave Muelken was candid in his frustrations with the officiating. “I thought we deserved a better outcome,” Muelken said.
Led by Riley Augustine, Goodhue saved its highest-scoring game for last in an 80-47 win over Section 1A opponent Lyle/Austin Pacelli Thursday in Goodhue. Augustine finished with a team-high 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting, adding eight rebounds in the process. Three other Wildcats – Tyler Schumacher (13), Calvin Peterson (12) and Riley Bollum (11) – finished in double digits. As a team, Goodhue shot 32 of 52 (61 percent) from the floor. Braden Kocer and Jordan Hart had 16 and 12 points, respectively, for Lyle/Austin Pacelli. The Wildcats end the regular season at 16-10 overall.
Ellis Hirman put forth a monster game for Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Thursday, scoring 25 points to go with 12 rebounds and five steals in the Cougars’ 64-53 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Triton in Dodge Center. Jacob Ugland turned in a solid night as well for Z-M with 17 points and six rebounds.
Casey Busch and Augie Isaacson each scored twice to lead New Prauge to a 4-1 Missota Conference victory over Red Wing Thursday evening. Nick Sammon scored for the Wingers 7 minutes, 18 seconds of the second period on assists from Tristan Rehder and Sam Hanson.
Red Wing managed to stay tied with Academy of Holy Angels at halftime, 34-34.