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.
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.
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.
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.