Girls basketball: Minneota wins state title; Marshall gets conso crown
The Minneota Vikings, who dispatched an upset-minded Edgerton Southwest Christian team in the Section 3A championship, validated their standing on Saturday with a Minnesota state Class A tournament victory over Goodhue.
The Vikings, who finished 30-1 on the season, got 13 points from sophomore guard Abby Hennen and 11 points from senior forward Lizzy Gillingham en route to the title win, and senior center Lydia Sussner added six points, six rebounds and three assists.
Minneota defeated Red Lake 66-46 in the first round, then beat Heritage Christian Academy 55-50 in the semifinals.
Two other area squads competed in the state tournament, both of them members of the Big South Conference. Marshall participated in the Class AAA tournament and Redwood Valley participated in Class AA.
Redwood Valley, which beat another Big South team, Pipestone Area, in the South Section 3A finals, lost twice at state. The Cardinals were edged 75-74 by Roseau in their first-round game, before losing to Proctor 41-38 in the consolation semifinals.
Marshall had more success. After opening their tournament with a heartbreaking 68-67 loss to Becker, the Tigers overcame Austin 49-44 in the consolation semifinals and topped Hibbing 75-60 for the consolation championship.
The game with Becker was topsy-turvy. Marshall led by 16 points in the first half, fell behind by 14 in the second half, but nearly won in the end. Marshall lost despite maintaining a 28-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
Kaia Sueker had 14 points for Marshall with three assists and three steals. She was 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
Jordan Hilgemann had 14 points, and Sueker and Lenei Estrada both had 10 against Austin.
Hilgemann scored 24 points to lead the Tigers against Hibbing. She was 8-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
Minnehaha Academy captured the Class AA tournament championship with a 72-63 win over Caledonia. De La Salle won Class AAA by beating Becker 56-40. Hopkins won the Class AAAA crown with a 74-45 triumph over Stillwater.