Alexandria 4, Detroit Lakes 2
The Alexandria girls’ hockey team knows as the section favorite that it’s going to get the best shot from every team it plays in the 6A tournament.
That’s exactly what the Cardinals got against Detroit Lakes on Tuesday night in the semifinals as the Lakers took a 1-0 lead into the third period. All it took was one goal, though, before Alexandria erupted over the final eight minutes of the game to come away with a 4-2 win that advanced this team to the section title game at the MAC in St. Cloud on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We were very scared,” junior Kaila DeWanz said after she scored the Cardinals’ fourth goal in the final frame. “We were thinking we could come back, but it was hard. We finally got the confidence to bring it back…we’re very excited to go to the next round.”
The Lakers got to play with a lead for much of the night after Randa Larsen scored on a breakaway just 2:06 into the game. The Cardinals peppered the net in the second period, outshooting the Lakers 14-5, but still had nothing to show for it heading into the final intermission.
“Basically the message was to keep going at them,” head coach Blair Hovel said. “Their goalie was playing pretty well, but we had some great opportunities. Therefore, if we cash in, maybe her game would get a little off.”
The Alexandria players admitted that they were nervous heading into the final frame knowing their season was over if they didn’t get one past Detroit Lakes’ goalie Veronica Badurek. She turned aside 26 shots through two periods. Then with 8:09 left in the game, Cardinals’ senior captain Melissa Drown finally got free and snuck one past Badurek to tie the game.
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West Central Area 61, Brandon-Evansville 41
West Central Area’s junior post Jay Zimmerman controlled the game on Tuesday night as he finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Knights to a 61-41 win over the Chargers.
“Jay Zimmerman was too much for us to handle,” Brandon-Evansville head coach John Holsten said.
Dakotah Kashmark added 14 points, five rebounds and eight assists for WCA, while Austin Redepenning had nine points. Skyler Quinn led the Chargers with 19 points but was the only one in double figures for his team. The Knights built a 33-22 lead by the break and continued to add to that in the second half.
“We got off to a good start and our top 7-8 guys really played good throughout the second half, building up a nice lead,” Knights head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Our guards Dakotah Kashmark, Austin Redepenning, Devin Nelson and Hunter Pfingsten did a good job of handling the ball and finding Jay Zimmerman inside or kicking to each other for some key three-point shots. We only had 10 turnovers the entire game, six were getting stripped in the post and four were in the last four minutes of the game, so we were pleased with the guard play.”
The loss drops the Chargers to 3-16 and moves WCA to 15-5.
St. John’s Prep 53, Osakis 44
The Osakis boys let one slip away in the second half on Tuesday as St. John’s Prep scored 39 points after the break to win 53-44.
The Johnnies held just a two-point lead at the break before securing the win after halftime. Lane Berberich and Drew Fearing each had 14 points to lead Osakis. No other Silverstreaks player finished with more than four points.
“We struggled offensively to get to the rim,” head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “They had great ball pressure and closed down the paint on our drives, forcing long shots. We got forced into doing things we didn't want to do, which caused turnovers and poor spacing.”
Osakis fell to 5-16 with the loss and 1-10 in the Prairie Conference. The Johnnies improved to 10-9 and 6-5 in league play.
Verndale 67, Ashby 64
The Ashby boys trailed by five at the break and fell behind by as many as nine in the second half before falling just short in a 67-64 loss to Verndale.
Ashby had a look to tie the game with a three in the final seconds, but the Pirates contested it and got the stop.
“We knew going into this game that Verndale had some good talent and it was going to be a close game," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "We fought hard that second half to give ourselves a chance to win. Both Blake Ohren and Evan Anderson had 11 points in the second half to lead the charge. We just came up a little short. If I could point to one thing that cost us the game it was our rebounding. We gave up way too many offensive boards that led to points for them.”
Ohren finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Anderson added 16 points, Zach Barry had 10 and Morgan Wing and Jeff Berglund finished with eight and seven points, respectively.
Alexandria 64, Willmar 62 (F/OT)
The Alexandria girls needed overtime, but they got the job done by outlasting Willmar in a 64-62 game on Tuesday night.
Alexandria led by 10 at the break before Willmar stormed back in the second half. They forced overtime by hitting two free throws with no time left on the clock. Alexandria responded in the extra session with some key steals that led to transition buckets. That was enough to pull out the win behind three players in double figures.
“The coaching staff was so proud of the competitive greatness of our girls as they demonstrated lock down defense and crisp offensive execution,” head coach Wendy Kohler said. “Key free throws down the stretch and taking care of the basketball were all huge keys in the win.”
Brooke Heggie had a nice night with 21 points. She got what turned out to be the winning bucket after Willmar had tied the game with two free throws with 13.2 seconds left in overtime.
Kendal Kohler added 12 points and Karly Betterman finished with 10, while Macy Hatlestad added eight.
The win improved Alexandria to 14-4 overall and 10-2 in the Central Lakes Conference. Willmar fell to 9-10 and 5-6 in league play.
Osakis 75, Benson 13
The Osakis girls ran all over Benson on their way to a 17-2 record after winning 75-13 on Tuesday night.
The Silverstreaks got back Annalise Savageau and Brittney Sadlemyer from injury and jumped out to a 39-8 lead by the break. They allowed just five points after halftime. Savageau led the way with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Brooke Sorenson, Madi Forsell and Mackenzie Staloch added nine points apiece and Taylor Spychalla finished with eight.
“The girls played really hard tonight,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “It was nice to get all the girls playing time and watch them all contribute. We were able to force some turnovers and convert them into points on the offensive end. Overall, a great effort for our team.”
Upsala 66, WCA 65
The West Central Area girls fell victim to a last-second three pointer by Upsala as the Cardinals beat the Knights 66-65 on Tuesday night in Prairie Conference play.
“We played flat and didn't make the changes we needed to make,” WCA head coach Beth Hanson said. “We have had a lot of games that we have played below our level of play but we snuck by with a win. I hope this can be used as a wakeup call for us and help to light a fire for us as we enter the end of the regular season and soon into playoffs.”
Abby Van Kempen had another big night with 19 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Holly Van Kempen added 17 points and five rebounds, while Kylee Fernholz had 11 points and Christina Kruize had eight.
“We need to play better and execute our game plan,” Hanson said. “Upsala made a high percentage of their shots and wanted it more than we did. We need to regroup and find that tenacity.”
Parkers Prairie 60, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 26
Parkers Prairie had no problems moving past Hillcrest Lutheran Academy behind 44 points from Micaela Noga.
The senior guard hit 17-of-26 shots on her way to another dominating performance.
The win moved the Panthers to 10-6 overall and to 7-1 in the Little Eight Conference.
Brandon-Evansville 38, Battle Lake 30
The Brandon-Evansville girls kept pace with Parkers Prairie in the LEC with a 38-30 win in Battle Lake on Tuesday night.
The Chargers won despite shooting 27 percent from the field. Mariah Hansen led the charge with 20 points, while Carrigan Okerlund finished with 11. Katie Rilla led Battle Lake with 10 points.
The Chargers improved to 7-1 in the LEC and remains tied atop the league with Parkers Prairie. Battle Lake fell to 7-3 in league play.
Underwood 46, Ashby 40
The Ashby girls were tied at 22 with Underwood at the break but the Rockets found a way to close down the stretch to pick up the 46-40 win over the Arrows.
Madison VanSanten had 17 of her team-high 19 points in the second half. Abbi Ras, Kerstyn Schroeder and Cassandra Jordan all added six points apiece for the Arrows.
“Again, I am proud of how our team never gives up and continues to work hard no matter the situation,” Ashby head coach Troy Mickelson said.
The loss dropped the Arrows to 3-15 overall and 2-7 in the LEC. Underwood improved to 4-14 and 4-6 in league play.
Osakis 49, BBE 18
The Osakis wrestling team made it look easy Tuesday while taking a 49-18 victory over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the quarterfinals of the Section 5A team tournament.
The Silverstreaks used three big wins to take an early 16-0 lead over BBE. Devyn Johnson started off the match with a tech fall at 106, followed by a pin by Trenton Coyer at 113 and a tech fall by brother Brendon Coyer at 120.
After Kaleb Voss got BBE on the board with a pin at 126, the Silverstreaks won the next five matches to seal the victory.
Lucas Towle pinned his opponent 160 pounds, and Colton Waldvogel, Ryan Engfer and Garret Sunder each picked up major decisions to help Osakis advance to the Section 5A semifinals.
“I feel like we dominated,” Trenton Coyer said. “Hopefully we can continue our intensity on to Friday.”
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Alexandria 5, St. Cloud Tech 2
The Alexandria boys hockey team scored twice in the first and three more times in the third period to secure a 5-2 win over St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday night.
Levi McFarlane and Chris Leary each scored early to give Alexandria a 2-0 lead. Neither team scored in the second and Brady Bast, Alec Wosepka and McFarlane added goals in the third period to help the Cardinals improve to 15-5-3 overall and to 11-2-1 in the CLC.
Sam Goetsch got the win for Alexandria with 28 saves.