The semifinals are set in Class 4A at the State Girls' Basketball Tournament. Top-ranked Eastview avoided being upset by St. Paul Central, 63-58 at Target Center.
Madison Guebert led the Lightning with 29 points and Kari Opatz added 26 as the dynamic duo combined for 55 of Eastview's 63 points, according to the Minnesota State High School League. Eastview (29-1) advances to play Eden Prairie. St. Paul Central finishes the season with a 24-6 record.
Eden Prairie advanced Tuesday with a 67-57 victory over Anoka. The Eagles (19-9) knocked down 9 three's, and took advantage of 21 Anoka turnovers to pull away in the final 10 minutes for the victory. Eagles junior Martha Kuderer led the way with 19 points. Jayla Mayes-Jackson scored 18.
MacKenzie Denk scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the way for Lakeville North in a 69-52 win over #2 seeded Centennial. Temi Carda scored 18 points and four assists, while Centennial shot under 30 percent in the game and were just 1 of 14 from behind the arc.
In the final 4A game, Kenisha Bell scored 29 points to lead Bloomington Kennedy to a 71-57 victory over St. Michael-Albertville. Kennedy led throughout building a seven point lead at the half, behind a strong 55 percent shooting percentage in the game. Sydney Tracy led St. Michael-Albertville with 19 points in the loss.
In Class 3A, Park Center beat Simley in the first quarterfinal game 68-53. The Pirates rallied in the second half to outscore the Spartans 42-23 to turn what was a nine point deficit into the 15 point victory. Turnovers really hurt the Spartans, they had 18 of them. While Cayla McMorris led Park Center with the double-double, 24 points and 14 rebounds. Park Center will meet the winner of the Monticello-Minneapolis Washburn game.
Minneapolis Washburn beat Monticello 62-53 in the other 3A quarterfinal game. Chase Coley posted a double-double to lead Washburn to the victory. Coley finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Monticello really struggled shooting, hitting on just 34 percent from the floor and hit on just 3 of 20 shots from behind the arc. Monticello cut it to two with 8:39 to go, but Washburn held off Monticello and rebuilt the lead back to nine to close it out.
New tournament champions will be crowned in 4A and 3A, while Minneota in 1A and New Richland-H-E-G in 2A return to defend their titles.
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Class 1A Quarterfinals — Thursday
11 a.m. — Browerville vs. Minneota at Mariucci Arena
1 p.m. — Ada-Borup vs. Goodhue at Mariucci Arena
3 p.m. — Mankato Loyola vs. Maranatha Christian Academy at Mariucci Arena
5 p.m. — Win-E-Mac vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl at Mariucci Arena
Class 2A Quarterfinals — Wednesday
2 p.m. — Pequot Lakes vs. New Richland-H-E-G at Mariucci Arena
4 p.m. — Minnehaha Academy vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted at Mariucci Arena
6 p.m. — Redwood Valley vs. Kenyon-Wanamingo at Mariucci Arena
8 p.m. — Esko vs. New London-Spicer at Mariucci Arena
The Class 3A Quarterfinals — Wednesday
10 a.m. – Kasson-Mantorville vs. Fergus Falls at Mariucci Arena
12 p.m. – Chisago Lakes Area vs. Marshall at Mariucci Arena