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State girls basketball: Defending champions look for repeat in 4A, 3A


TT Starks and Viria Livingston each finished with 16 points to lead Hopkins to a 64-33 semifinal victory over Shakopee on Thursday.

Shakopee shot just 27 percent from the floor, they scored just 10 points in the second half and were just 4-of-28 in the second half.

Hopkins led by 14 points at the half, but really opened the game up early in the second half when they scored the first 19 points of the second half.

Eastview 48 St. Michael-Albertville 30

Eastview's 14-2 run in the second half sparked them to a 48-30 victory over St. Michael-Albertville in the 4A semifinals.

Samantha Trammel led Eastview with a double-double. She scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Trammel also blocked three shots in the victory. Rachel Ranke added 16 for Eastview.

Bobbi Brendefur had 13 in the loss for the Knights.

The victory will put the Lightning back into the state championship game where they will attempt to defend their state title against top-seed Hopkins.

Class A: Reiss reaches 3,000 as Minneota beats Browerville

Minneota senior Taylor Reiss became the 13th girls basketball player in state history to reach the 3,000-point milestone. Reiss eclipsed the milestone in the second half of Minnesota's come-from-behind 69-68 victory over Browerville in the Class A quarterfinals.

Minneota trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but rallied to win the game. LeAnn Jerzak made two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Vikings a three-point lead, and they held on as Browerville's game-winner at the buzzer missed.

Emily Steinessen led the Vikings with 23 points.

Maranatha Christian 65 Stephen-Argyle Central 50

Lexie Lee led four players in double figures for Maranatha Christian Academy as they beat Stephen-Arbyle Central 65-50 in their Class A quarterfinal game.

Lee finished with 18 points and had six steals for the Mustangs.

Maranatha Christian put the game away early, they opened the contest on a 19-2 run and never slowed down.

Autumn Thompson had 18 in the loss for Stephen-Argyle Central.

Maranatha Christian will meet up with Minneota in the Class A semifinals on Friday at Williams Arena.

Ada-Borup 71 Springfield 53

Ada-Borup's undefeated season continues following their 71-53 victory over Springfield in the Class A quarterfinals.

The Cougars were red hot, they shot 57 percent from the floor for the game, including 65 percent in the first half.

Miki Lee led the way with 21 points, she was also a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. She had help too, her teammates Morgan Miller finished with 15 and Haley Poehler added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the Cougar victory.

Vishe Rabb led Springfield with 24 in the loss.

Lyle/Pacelli 66 Mountain Iron-Buhl 47

In their first state tournament as a co-op, Lyle/Pacelli beat Mountain Iron-Buhl 66-47.

Madison Truckenmille had a double-double to lead the Athletics with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Sarah Holtz added 15 points and 11 boards.

The Athletics built an early 11-3 lead, but Mountain Iron-Buhl cut it back to a one point game at 23-22. Lyle/Pacelli responded by closing the half on a 13 point run.

My Buffetta scored 15 in the loss for the Rangers.

Lyle Pacelli meets unbeaten Ada-Borup in the semifinals.

Class 3A: Rematch of last season's title game awaits

There will be a rematch of last year's triple overtime Class 3A championship game. Marshall and Park Center are headed back to Saturday's state title game.

Marshall 55 Orono 48

The Marshall Tigers are headed back to their second straight Class 3A title game, they beat top seed Orono 55-48 in the Class 3A semifinals.

Marshall (29-2) held off a second half rally from the top-seeded Spartans to advance to the title game.

Sarah Buysse led the Tigers with 13 points, as she finished 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. Buysse also grabbed eight rebounds in the Tigers victory. Marah Mulso added 11 and Callie Graff finished with 10.

Meghan Mandel spent much of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, she finished with 14 points to lead the Spartans.

Park Center 47 Kasson-Mantorville 37

Park Center pulled away from Kasson-Mantorville in the final minutes to come away with a 47-37 victory over the Komets in the Class 3A semifinal game.

The Pirates broke a 32-32 tie with 7:41 left by closing the game on a 15-5 run to secure an opportunity to defend their Class 3A championship.

Hannah Schaub led Park Center with 12 points, six rebounds and two assists. Ann Simonet added 11.

Park Center and Marshall will play for the state Class 3A championship at 6 p.m. Saturday evening at Williams Arena.

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