Huskies Seek a Rocket Repeat
The Owatonna girls basketball team goes back to the site of one of their signature wins on the season when they open the Section 1AAAA playoffs Tuesday, March 16 at Rochester John Marshall with radio coverage on AM 1390 KRFO, simulcasting at 94.7 FM and on the free app. The Huskies won 52-35 on March 5 due in part to a solid defensive effort against a pair of future Division I players.
The Huskies collectively held Lilly Meister to a pair of field goals and a dozen points while frustrating her into fouling out with three minutes remaining in the second half. The Huskies' Taylor Schlauderaff took the lead against Meister while giving up ten inches to the future Indiana Hoosier, but she got plenty of help from her teammates. Lehigh-commit Katie Hurt finished with two points. Sarah Kingland led OHS with 20 points in the game. OHS had seven players score.
OHS (7-10) is the fifth seed and is coming off an impressive season-ending victory over No. 9AAA Mankato East 64-56 on Saturday to win three of their final five games. John Marshall (8-7) is seeded fourth and beat a solid Northfield team 59-51 in their season wrap up. The Rockets topped the Huskies in the first meeting of the season 67-52 at OHS.
The winner is likely to go to Farmington for the semifinals on Friday. The Tigers (18-0) are ranked second in the state and host New Prague (2-16) on Tuesday. Farmington was primed to play in the state Class 4A title game last winter when the pandemic started and forced the cancelation of the tournament.
The other quarterfinals in 1AAAA are No. 7 seed Century at No. 2 seed and No. 11 rated Rochester Mayo and sixth-seed Lakeville South at No. 3 seed Northfield. See the full bracket.
Defending Section 1AAA champ Red Wing (10-5) is the top seed and has a first-round bye. See the bracket.
After a one-day delay due to the winter storm, the Section 1AA girls hockey tournament begins with Owatonna (No. 5 seed) at Dodge County (No. 4) and Century/JM (No. 6) at Big Nine champ Northfield (No. 3). Top-seed Farmington and No. 2 Lakeville South have first round byes.
The Blooming Prairie boys basketball team is the defending Section 1A champ but will be on the road for the playoffs, starting Tuesday at Grand Meadow at 7 pm on Kat Kountry 105 FM and on the free app. See the bracket.
The Triton boys open tournament play in Section 1AA Tuesday as well, hosting St. Charles in Section 1AA. The Cobras (11-7) have had an exciting season and are 9-2 in games decided by ten points or less.
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