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MANKATO -- After splitting its two regular-season games, the Marshall Tigers and the Worthington Trojans were set for what appeared to be another slugfest between a pair of Southwest Conference rivals. Instead, the Tigers ran away from the Trojans, 80-55, Thursday night in the girls' Section 2AAA championship game. With the victory, Marshall will advance to the state tournament next week in Minneapolis. "I don't want to wake up; it's awesome," Marshall head coach Mary Jo Hmielewski said.
WORTHINGTON -- For the third time this season, the Worthington Trojans and the Marshall Tigers will square off in a girls' basketball contest. However, tonight's meeting at the Taylor Center on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the biggest of the year so far. Once again, Worthington and Marshall will meet in the section finals for the right to advance to state.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- For George-Little Rock's Trev Fiedler, big games are nothing new. Fiedler was a starter on the 2006 G-LR team that was crowned state champions and once again has the Mustangs poised to make a title run this season. "He's been our floor general all year," G-LR head coach Ben Gerleman said. "He's been our stabilizing force where you'll always know what you're going to get out of him.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- When George-Little Rock's Tyler Starr packed for the state tournament, he prepared for the entire week. "When I got ready to leave for state, I brought a suitcase and a couple of bags," Starr said. "Everybody else is bringing two bags and they are like 'why do you have so much stuff?' and I said that I'm planning on staying the whole week, fellas.
MANKATO -- With all the big-game experience on the Worthington Trojan squad, it was a sophomore who provided the spark Saturday night. Kaitlin Gerber scored 16 points off the bench to lead Worthington to a 73-55 victory over Willmar in a girls' section 2AAA semifinal basketball game at Bresnan Arena on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. "You ain't kidding (Gerber) sparked us in the first half," Worthington head coach Eric Lindner said. "She hit the three right off the bat, and had some nice penetration and finish, and those were big baskets.
WORTHINGTON -- Before Tuesday's opening-round game of the Section 2AAA girls' basketball tournament, Worthington head coach Eric Lindner wanted to make sure his team was prepared. "We just put things into perspective," Lindner said. "Everybody's starting 0-0, and everybody has a chance. I thought we did a pretty good job of preparing for them defensively." The Trojans (20-4) used a stifling defense and a high-powered offense Tuesday to dismantle St. Peter (5-19), 88-41. "We're a streaky team," St. Peter head coach Jack Hartfiel said.
ROUND LAKE -- The magic number was 17 for Murray County Central Monday night. The Rebels used two 17-2 runs and an up-tempo transition game to defeat Round Lake-Brewster, 71-48, in a boys' Red Rock Conference basketball contest. "We were trying to slow things down a bit, and we kind of did," RL-B head coach Lon Eichenberger said. "We weren't getting back and they did a very nice job of getting down the court and getting some fast-break buckets." RL-B (3-12, 7-14) had an early lead on the Rebels (8-7, 13-10), but MCC's Eric Wieneke used a hot shooting hand to bring the Rebels back.
WORTHINGTON -- After falling behind by five points in the second half, Southwest Christian went on a 15-2 run en route to a 54-39 victory over Red Rock Central (18-6) in the quarterfinals of the South Sub-Section 3A girls' basketball tournament Saturday. "We had a lot of nerves in the first half, like everybody else. But we finally settled down and played some basketball," SWC head coach Denise Nerem said. "There's always moments where you work on things, and you don't see them come together, but I'm pleased with our efforts." The Eagles (13-10) advance to face Adrian at 6 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite making just five 3-pointers in 30 attempts, the Adrian Dragons cruised to a 66-48 victory over the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in the second round of the 3A South sub-section girls' basketball tournament Saturday. "It wasn't our best outing, I guess," Adrian head coach Randy Strand said. "We'll take the win; we're moving on, and hopefully, we'll get ready to play the next round." The No. 1-seeded Dragons (21-6) advance to face the No. 5 seed, Southwest Christian, after the Eagles defeated Red Rock Central. The teams will face off at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Luverne.
OKABENA -- In the closing seconds of Friday's boys' Red Rock Conference basketball game, Round Lake-Brewster head coach Lon Eichenberger took a timeout with his team was down 10 points, and senior Cole Baumgard just shy of 1,000 career points. "In the very last timeout, I said, 'do you want it here, or at home?'" Eichenberger said.