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Girls' Basketball: State championship games set in 3A, 4A


Park Center will meet Marshall in the Class 3A championship on Saturday and Eastview will meet up with Bloomington Kennedy in the Class 4A championship.

In 3A, Park Center beat Minneapolis Washburn 63-59 in the first semifinal of the afternoon, to secure a spot in Saturday's state championship game.

Cayla McMorris led the way for the Pirates with 26 points. Her teammate Mikayla Hayes posted a double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds.

It was enough to overcome a 20-20 performance from Chase Coley for Washburn. She had 25 points and 21 rebounds

Marshall advanced with a come-from-behind victory to beat Fergus Falls 52-51, in the closing seconds. Callie Graff made two free throws with :04 remaining to give the Tigers the one point win. Graff was one of four Tigers in double figures with 12 points.

In Class 4A, Eastview is moving to the state championship game. The Lightning defeated Eden Prairie 62-51, at Williams Arena. The game was won at the free throw line for Eastview, who finished 33 of 44 from the stripe.

Emee Udo led three Lightning players in double figures with 17 points.

In the other 4A semifinal game, Tonoia Wade connected on three three-pointers and scored 19 points to lead Bloomington Kennedy to a 61-51 win over Lakeville North. Wade's teammate Kenisha Bell scored 18 points and grabbed seven boards.

In all, four Kennedy players finished in double figures.

The Class A girls basketball tournament got underway Thursday at Mariucci Arena. It was another exciting day of broken records and late game heroics.

The game of the day so far was between Mankato Loyola and Maranatha Christian Academy. Loyola won the game 93-91 in overtime, to move into the semifinals.

The game broke a state tournament record that stood for just one day.

The defending Class A champion and top seeded Minneota Vikings opened the tournament with a 77-50 victory over Browerville. Minneota's Taylor Reiss scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double.

She was instrumental in leading the Vikings to the State Class A Championship in 2013. In the championship game last year, Reiss scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Vikings to the title over Ada-Borup.

For awhile it looked like there could be a rematch of last year's championship game in the semifinals, but Goodhue rallied from behind to beat Ada-Borup 65-58. The Cougars led by as many as seven points in the second half, but 21 turnovers came back to hurt them.

Goodhue's all-time scoring leader Mikayla Miller posted a double-double to lead the Wildcats back. Miller scored 25 and corralled 11 rebounds.

Win-E-Mac, Erskine defeated Mountain Iron-Buhl 73-62, in the last Class A quarterfinal game of the evening. A pair of Patriots posted double-doubles. Shelby Kaster scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Korbyn Ross added 10 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Rangers reduced an 11 point halftime deficit down to one at 59-58 with just over five minutes to go, but Win-E-Mac's defense ramped it up and held the Rangers to just four points the rest of the way.

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