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Girls basketball: Alexandria area teams dive into playoffs this week

Alexandria will take the No. 2 seed into the Section 8-3A playoffs, while Osakis is fourth in 6AA, and the Panthers and Chargers grab top-four seeds in the 6A South.

Abbigail Ruckheim and Hadley Baune
Brandon-Evansville's Hadley Baune gets a finger on the ball during a driving layup attempt by Parkers Prairie's Abbigail Ruckheim in a game played on Feb. 14, 2022. Brandon-Evansville got the No. 4 seed in the South subsection of the 6A playoffs, while Parkers Prairie earned the No. 3 seed.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA — The girls basketball brackets are coming into focus for Alexandria area teams as the postseason gets going this week. Here is a look at how the playoffs look for Section 8-3A, 6AA and 6A.

Cardinals No. 2 seed in 8-3A

The Section 8-3A bracket will be officially seeded on Feb. 28, and the Alexandria girls basketball team will get the No. 2 seed in the field.

The Cardinals (12-12) will get a bye in the first round with just six teams in the section. On March 5 at 7 p.m., Alexandria will host the winner of the No. 3 and No. 6-seed matchup. That opening-round game takes place on March 3 at 7 p.m.

Willmar (18-12) will get the No. 1 seed in the bracket. Sauk Rapids-Rice (9-17), Detroit Lakes (11-12), Rocori (9-16) and Little Falls (5-20) make up the rest of the field.

The Section 8-3A title game is scheduled for March 10 at 7 p.m. at a neutral site.

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Osakis fourth in 6AA

Osakis (20-6) is the fourth seed in the 15-team Section 6AA field.

The Silverstreaks host 13th-seeded Rush City (11-12) on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the tournament opener. The winner of that game plays the winner of fifth-seeded Kimball Area (18-7) and 12th-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral (9-17) on March 5 at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s University.

Albany is the No. 1 seed in the section after a 20-5 regular season. Sauk Centre ended up as the No. 2 seed in Section 6AA when seedings went final. Foley (18-7) is the third seed.

Section 6AA has 10 total teams that are .500 or better entering the playoffs.

Section semifinal games will be played on March 9 at St. John’s University, while the 6AA title game is scheduled for March 11 at 7 p.m. back at St. John’s.

Brandon-Evansville fourth in 6A South

Brandon-Evansville (11-14) got the fourth seed in the South subsection of 6A and will host fifth-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (10-14) on March 3 at 7 p.m.

The winner of that game plays the winner of No. 1-seeded Hancock (23-1) and 8th-seeded Benson (2-20) or 9th-seeded Ashby (1-20) on March 5 at 1 p.m. at Minnewaska High School.

Parkers Prairie (11-10) got the third seed in the South and hosts sixth-seeded Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (9-13) on March 3 at 7 p.m. The winner of that game plays the winner of second-seeded Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (20-3) and seventh-seeded Ortonville (2-22) on March 5 at 2:45 p.m. at Minnewaska High School.

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Underwood (20-3) is the top seed on the North half of the bracket.

The South-subsection finals are scheduled for March 9 at 7 p.m. at Minnewaska, while the 6A championship game will be played on March 11 at 7 p.m. in Fergus Falls.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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