Panther girls advance with 54-50 win
Parkers Prairie's Sari Noga dropped in 20 points and sister Micaela added 14 as the Panthers edged Southwest Minnesota Christian 54-50 in the State Class A quarterfinals at Williams Arena Thursday afternoon.
Madison Dorn added 11 points as Parkers Prairie advanced to the semifinals tomorrow, Friday, where they will meet Barnun.
SMC led early in the first half at 15-12, but from there the Panthers slowly took the lead, stretching it to as many as eight in the first half. Parkers Prairie finished the half with a 26-20 lead. They never relinquished that lead in the second half and stretched it to 10 at one point, although they did see it shrink to as few as one in that half.
That small deficit came with 38 seconds remaining after SMC's Megan Ruyter hit a three, but then fouled Micaela Noga, who hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds remaining.
The Panthers added their final point with 16 seconds on the clock when Kaylee Dorn stepped to the line and hit her second of two attempts. A trio of three pointers by Kayla Broekhuis and Jada Vander Veen went wide of their mark, advancing the Panthers to tomorrow's 2 p.m. game at the Target Center.
Barnum was a 55-23 winner over Nashwauk-Keewatin in their quarterfinal game, which preceeded the Parkers Prairie contest. Barnum was the No. 2 ranked team in Class A in the final regular season poll, while Parkers Prairie is ranked No. 5.