State Girls basketball: Hopkins, Eastview impress in 4A quarterfinals

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The state girls basketball tournament got underway on Tuesday at Target Center.

Top-seeded Hopkins opened the tournament in convincing fashion. The Royals (28-1) beat Rochester Mayo 62-35, in a Class 4A quarterfinal matchup that was decided early on.

With the score tied at nine in the opening minutes, the Royals went on a 13-2 run that sparked them to the decisive victory. Hopkins defense pressured Mayo into 39 turnovers in the game.

Hopkins used 18 different players in the game, four of them finished in double figures. Nia Holle and Viria Livingston each scored 13 points to lead the Royals, while Ashley Bates and Evelyn Knox added 11.

The game featured a pair of the most successful girls basketball coaches in the state.

Hopkins will meet up with Shakopee in the Class 4A semifinals on Thursday at Williams Arena.

Shakopee 62, White Bear Lake 56

Shakopee moved into the 4A semifinals following their 62-56 victory over White Bear Lake.

Taylor Koenen led all scorers with 26 points in the contest, she was 10-of-18 from the field. Koenen also grabbed five rebounds, blocked a pair of shots and had two steals in the victory. Caleigh Rodning chipped in 11 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds, while Mateya Hutton added 10 points off the bench.

The Sabers led by as many as 15 points during the second half, but had to hold off White Bear Lake down the stretch as the Bears cut the lead down to four points in the final minute.

Eastview 62, Andover 28

Defending Class 4A champion and No. 2-seed Eastview jumped out to an 18-2 lead and never looked back, cruising to a 62-28 victory over Andover in their 4A quarterfinal game on Tuesday afternoon.

Eastview's Rachel Ranke scored a game-high 23 points, she was red hot as she connected on 9-of-11 from the field, and was 4-of-6 from three-point range.

For the game Eastview shot 53.5 percent from the floor and were 9-of-18 from three-point range, while the Huskies were just 9-of-43 (20.9 percent) from the field.

The Lightning (29-1) will play No. 3 St. Michael-Albertville in Thursday's semifinal.

St. Michael-Albertville 66, Centennial 53

St. Michael-Albertville used a big second half run to propel themselves to a 66-53 quarterfinal victory over Centennial in the Class 4A girls basketball tournament.

The Knights used an 18-5 run midway through the second half to gain the upper hand and they never looked back.

Sydney Tracy led St. Michael-Albertville with 18 points, she also grabbed six rebounds and a steal, while Kitri Zezza chipped in 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

The Nights will now meet defending 4A champion Eastview in the semifinals on Thursday at Williams Arena.

Click here to view the full Class 4A tournament bracket.

Class 3A: Teacher beats student as Marshall cruises in quarterfinals

Marshall Tiger girls basketball coach Dan Westby was Princeton Tiger coach Andy Fenske's junior high phy-ed teacher when Fenske was attending school in Marshall and on Tuesday night, Fenske made his first state tournament appearance as a basketball coach against his hometown.

But in the end, it was Marshall cruising to the semifinals with a 65-30 victory over Princeton.

Marshall took a 9-0 lead out of the gate and never showed any signs of slowing down as they held Princeton to 24.5 percent shooting from the floor.

Sarah Buysse led the way for Marshall with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Morgan Saugstad added 14, including a pair of three-pointers

Marshall will meet up with Orono in the semifinals on Thursday at Williams Arena.

Orono 70, Thief River Falls 42

Orono is heading to the Class 3A semifinals after beating Thief River Falls 70-42, Tuesday night at Target Center.

The Spartans led virtually the entire way as Keira Nelson led a balanced attack, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Meghan Mandel finished with a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Orono's defense held Thief River Falls to 30.8 percent (12-of-39) from the field and forced 22 Prowler turnovers in the contest, which they converted into 29 points.

The Spartans will face either Marshall or Princeton in the Class 3A semifinals on Thursday at Williams Arena.

Click here for the full Class 3A bracket.

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