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Section 2A girls basketball: Mankato Loyola trims SWU


LAKE CRYSTAL — One met five in the quarterfinals of the Section 2A girls basketball tournament Thursday, and one won, 63-29.

But the end result didn’t look so cut and dried in the first half as Southwestern United played Mankato Loyola to a four-point deficit, 27-23, at the half.

Loyola is the top-seeded team in Section 2A South. SWU was seeded No. 5.

In the second half of Thursday’s game, Loyola spread out SWU’s defense and scored a few easy close-in shots, pulling away.

Junior Courtney Place scored 20 points with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for SWU. But no other Wildcats managed double figures. Sophomore Andrea Hinkeldey had eight points and six rebounds, and senior Sonja Peters had six points and six rebounds.

“We opened the game extremely well. Courtney got the first seven points of the game, so we were up seven-zip,” said SWU head coach Keith Place. “Our defense was good. We were closing out well and we weren’t giving them good looks.”

The second half changed all that.

Lindsey Theuninck and Jordyn Strachan finished with 17 points apiece for Loyola and Megan Schroeder added 12.

Despite the loss, coach Place said it was a “very satisfying year” for the Wildcats, who finished second in the Red Rock Conference and gave several younger girls experience that should make them a fine team next season.

“There’s a lot of highlights,” he said.

Southwestern United 23 39

Mankato Loyola 27 63