State High school basketball: Top-seed Hutchinson knocked out in 3A


The Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament got underway Tuesday as play began in Class 4A and 3A. The biggest upset of the night occurred in Class 3A.

Class 3A

Thief River Falls 61, Hutchinson 59

The top seed in Class 3A was eliminated in the first quarterfinal game when Thief River Falls beat Hutchinson 61-59 Tuesday night.

With the victory, the Prowlers became the first team in any class to defeat a No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals since the high school league began seeding tournament teams in 2007.

Kylea Praska scored 23 points to lead the way for Thief River Falls. She hit a big three-pointer with 1:19 remaining to give the Prowlers the lead for good.

Thief River Falls will move into the semifinals Thursday night at Williams Arena against the winner of the game between Marshall and the Academy of Holy Angels.

Holy Angels 69, Marshall 47

The Academy of Holy Angels advanced to the 3A semifinals. The Stars beat Marshall handily 69-47 Tuesday night at Target Center.

Senior forward Laura Bagwell-Katalinich scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Stars. Megan Meyer added 14.

It was Holy Angels' first state tournament berth since 2005.

Marah Mulso led Marshall with 14 in the loss.

Holy Angels meets up with Thief River Falls in the semifinals on Thursday.

Class 4A

Hopkins 81, Park Center 69

Hopkins knocked off Park Center in the battle of defending state champions. The Royals beat Park Center 81-69 to move to the 4A semifinals Tuesday.

Ashley Bates led the Royals with 30 points, while Nia Hollie added 21.

Park Center had won back-to-back Class 3A championships, but was bumped up to 4A this year. They had 29 from Ann Simonet in the loss.

Hopkins will meet Eastview in the 4A semifinals on Thursday.

Eastview 52, Lakeville North 35

Eastview moved into the 4A semifinals with their 52-35 victory over Lakeville North. It was the third time this year the Lightning have beaten the Panthers.

Megan Walstad scored 18 points, while Rachel Ranke added 16.

Eastview will face Hopkins in the 4A semifinals on Thursday.

White Bear Lake 72, St. Michael-Albertville 69

While it wasn't quite the same as the upset in the 3A quarterfinals, the No. 2 seed in Class 4A, St. Michael-Albertville, was toppled Tuesday.

Unseeded White Bear Lake knocked off St. Michael-Albertville 72-69 in overtime at Target Center. A 5-0 run in overtime was enough to propel the Bears into the semifinals.

Alexa Molin led White Bear Lake with 15 points. Kim Brabenec added 13, Makala Keefe had 12 and Taite Anderson and Alison Hinck each chipped in 11 – as the Bears had five players in double figures.

The Bears moved into the semifinals where they will meet Minnetonka.

Minnetonka 71, Anoka 41

Minnetonka moved into Thursday's semifinals with their 71-41 victory over Anoka.

Lizzie Odergard scored 15 points to lead the Skippers, while Megan Walker chipped in 13. It's Minnetonka's first appearance in the state girls' basketball tournament since 1999.

They will match up with White Bear Lake in the semifinals.

The tournament shifts to Mariucci Arena on Wednesday, with six more quarterfinal games. The semifinals will start Thursday at Williams Arena.

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