Shakopee Defense Stymies Huskies
Shakopee beat Owatonna 62-49 in the state Class AAAA basketball quarterfinals Wednesday at Hastings High School. Owatonna's point total matched their season low. But was very consistent with the type of defense played by the Sabers, who held teams to an average of 50 points in the ultra-competitive South Suburban Conference. Only twice all season did teams score 60 or more against Shakopee.
The Huskies shots weren't falling on Wednesday. OHS did not make a three pointer in the first half and had just three for the game. Despite that, the Huskies played close most of the way and were down just six at halftime. OHS force numerous turnovers and did a good job protecting the ball themselves.
The Sabers are a deep, well-balanced team. Cade McGraw led them with 17. Mick Wherley scored 14. Nick Katona and Sam West scored 10 apiece. Owatonna was led by Brayden Williams with 14. Payton Beyer scored 12 to go along with 13 rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Owatonna had seven seniors on their state roster with Beyer, Nolan Burmeister, Jack Titchenal, Lane Versteeg, Abdi Isman, Mason Kunkel, and Lincoln Maher. The Huskies ended their season at 17-4 while making their seventh state tournament appearance. Huskies coach Josh Williams recently surpassed the 300 career win milestone in his 18th season at the helm.
Shakopee will play Wayzata in the state semifinals at Target Center April 8. Maple Grove and Cretin-Derham Hall meet in the other semifinal.