Luverne and Southwest Minnesota Christian fall short in girls basketball section championship games
New London-Spicer and Minneota advance to state tournaments
MARSHALL — Section 3A and 3AA girls basketball played their championship games on Friday night on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.
In Section 3AA the matchup was between Luverne and New London-Spicer. The Cardinals were defeated 44-32.
In Section 3A, the Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles rematched with Minneota. The Vikings played a balanced game and bested SWC by a score of 60-51.
New London-Spicer 44, Luverne 32
New London-Spicer advances to the Minnesota Class AA state girls basketball tournament with its victory over Luverne in the Section 3AA championship game.
Luverne struggled to find offense in the first half scoring only eight points on four field goal attempts.
At the half the Cardinals trailed 24-8.
The leading scorer for New London-Spicer (28-1) was Avery Rich with 12 points. Dakota Rich and Jaden Coahran scored 9 points each. New London-Spicer attempted 20 free throws in the second half, and connected on nine.
Luverne faced foul trouble and senior Elizabeth Wagner fouled out in the second period. The leading scorers for the Cardinals were Kira John and Averill Sehr with eight points each.
Luverne 8 32
New London-Spicer 24 44
Minneota 60, Southwest Christian 51
Minneota girls basketball team clinched a trip to the Minnesota Class A state tournament defeating Southwest Christian 60-51.
In a regular season match between the two teams, Southwest Christian had defeated Minneota 62-49, but the tables were turned in the championship game.
Minneota's well-balanced scoring attack was key to their victory, with three players scoring in double digits.
Grace Hennen led the scoring with 17 points and Faith Myhre scored 15 points.Dakoda Hennen scored 14 points, all in the second half.
Southwest Christian put up a strong fight and led 32-28 at half, but Minneota was able to slow the Eagles’ offense to 19 points in the second half.
Madyson Fey was the top scorer for Southwest Christian with 15 points, followed by Makenna Moss with 14 points. Ana Veldkamp scored nine and Makenzie Pap had 8. With this victory, Minneota has secured a spot in the Minnesota Class A girls basketball state tournament.
Minneota 28 60
Southwest Christian 32 51