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State Girls' Hoops: Unseeded Becker upsets Como Park, advances to 3A semifinal

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It's day two of the State girl's basketball tournament, and there's already been two major upsets to make things interesting within the 3A class. Last night, Thief River Falls took out top-seeded Hutchinson to advance into the 3A semifinals, and the surprises didn't stop there. We'll have ongoing coverage of today's games unfolding here, stay tuned.

Class 3A

#2 Winona 56, Grand Rapids 76

The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks kept things close during the the first half, but couldn't keep Winona out of the paint, allowing the Winhawks to slip away and advance to the semifinal round.

While the score was a nearly-knotted 38-36 at the half thanks to some early offense from the Thunderhawks' Kari Kushel, Winona proved to be just a little too strong for Grand Rapids during the game's later minutes.

Four of the five Winona starters finished with 7 rebounds or better, including senior Jayne Emerson, who put up a double-double on 17 points and 10 boards, leading to a lopsided 59 to 40 rebounding total in favor of Winona.

The Winhawks cashed in from down low all-night, outscoring Grand Rapids 42 to 26 in in the paint and sticking back 19 second-chance points.

Winona will face unseeded Becker in Thursday's 2pm semi-final game.

#3 St. Paul Como Park 57, Becker 62

The Becker Bulldogs entered the tournament unseeded with a 20-9 record but managed a decisive upset over Como Park by relying on their tough-as-nails defense and rebounding to carry the day.

Despite struggling with shooting during the first half, Becker kept the pressure on the Como Park Cougars, holding them to 20 of 64 shooting on the night, suffocating the cougar's long ball and forcing the higher seeded team into just 22% from deep. The Bulldogs also dominated the glass, out-rebounding Como Park 52 to 31.

Becker Senior Alex Johnson was a big reason why the rebounding battle was so lopsided, she grabbed 18 rebounds and 14 points for a big double-double, while her teammate Amanda Lindsay scored 18 to lead the team.

Como Park kept things close down the stretch, chipping away at Becker's lead and forcing 28 Bulldog turnovers thanks to Andrayah Adams' 7 steals.

Becker will face #2 seed Winona in Thursday's 2pm semi-final game.

Class 2A

#1 Plainview-Elgin-Millville 59, Holy Family Catholic 38

The first game of the 2A quarterfinals proved to be a gritty, low scoring affair as the P-E-M Bulldogs turned the screws on on Holy Family, leaving the Fire in the dust as they pulled away to a sizable lead halfway through the first quarter.

P-E-M's defense seemed to have the Fire right where they wanted them all game, registering 9 blocks and 9 steals and allowing just 12 made field goals on 64 attempts overall along with 2 of 19 three-pointers.

Bulldogs sophomore Hayley Dessner shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the line and led P-E-M off the bench with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Sarah Hart, a senior starter, sniffed a triple double with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists while junior Emmaline Polson contribute to the Bulldogs large advantage on the glass with 13 boards of her own.

P-E-M will advance to the semifinals to face Roseau on Friday at 6:00 pm.

Roseau 78, Pequot Lakes 65

An absolutely monster game from Roseau junior Kiley Borowicz helped lead the Rams to a high-scoring victory over Pequot Lakes at the end of a back-and-forth game.

Borowicz has led the Rams in scoring all year and didn't disappoint during her first game of the big dance, stuffing the stat sheet with 33 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Her sister, sophomore Kacie Borowicz helped out off the bench, almost grabbing a double-double herself with 11 points and 7 assists.

The first half was something of a windshield wiper affair, Roseau opened the game with an easy lead before the Patriots came storming back around the seven-minute mark, going on a 21-4 run that swung the lead in their favor. The two teams would continue to wrestle it out, both finishing with over 40% shooting to end the first half neck-in-neck at 39-36.

A flawless second half from the free-throw line helped the Rams get over the hump, and so did the efficient scoring of senior Ivy Braaten, who chipped in 14, including a pair of three-pointers. Haley Wiebolt led the Patriots with 22 points, 7 steals and 9 assists.

Roseau will advance to face top-seeded Plainview-Elgin-Millville in the semifinals on Friday at 6pm.

#2 Sauk Centre 70, Norwood-Young America 51

Sauk Centre shot better than 55 percent from the floor as they rolled to a 70-51 victory over Norwood-Young America in the Class 2A quarterfinals at Mariucci Arena.

The Mainstreeters set the tone early starting the game on an 18-5 run. They stretched the lead to as large as 28 in the first half.

Madison Greenwaldt caught fire in the first half. She scored 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 5-of-8 from the three-point line – all of it came in the first 18 minutes.

Sophomore Maesyn Thiesen chipped in 14 points and grabbed six boards.

Sauk Centre will face the winner of #3 Minnehaha Academy and New London-Spicer on Friday in the semifinals.

New London-Spicer 58, #3 Minnehaha Academy 44

Megan Thorson had a double-double to lead unseeded New London-Spicer to a 58-44 victory over Minnehaha Academy in the 2A quarterfinals Wednesday night.

The Redhawks were playing catch up all night, but could never take the lead from the Wildcats after New London-Spicer jumped out to an early 8-2 lead.

Thorson finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Shea Oman added 13 points and six boards of her own.

The Wildcats will meet up with the #2 Sauk Centre in the semifinals Friday night at Williams Arena.

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