Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Big Game 3-3-12: Girls Sectionals Go Mostly According to Plan

Who says the folks doing the seeding don't know what they're doing? It was the biggest day of girls post-season play, and the favorites (and the folks who made them so) came away smelling like roses.

The only major upset came in Class AAA where #7-rated Holy Family upset #4 Benilde-St. Margaret's 55-53, barely holding on to a 12 point half-time lead. Hannah Schonhardt had 19 for Holy Family, Josie Dillon the same for Benilde. Benilde has been without Gopher recruit Grace Coughlin down the stretch and remained so last night. The Red Knights finish up at 23-5.

Otherwise, the big double-headers went according to plan. Meaning Hopkins and Wayzata advance in section 6AAAA and Eden Prairie and Edina do the same in 2AAAA,

Hopkins 80 Minnetonka 51. I have been unable to find any details on this game but at 80-51, what is there to say?

Wayzata 53 Cooper 48. This one was close, Cooper trailing 49-47 inside of 1 minute with the ball and a chance to tie. Mariah Grossfeld led Wayzata with 24 points and 14 boards.

Eden Prairie 65 Kennedy 51. Jackie Johnson scored 25 with 10 boards and Shayne Mullaney 23 wth 7 for EP, Kanesha Bell had 17 for Kennedy.

Edina beat Prior Lake 66-52 in a game that was closer than that. Katybeth Biewen and MC McGrory led Edina as always with 23 and 22 points. Biewen added 8 boards.

Among the boys, Mpls. Washburn beat St. Paul Johnson in the TC game 90-89. Johnson led most of the 2nd half after a 26-6 run turned a 12-point deficit into an 8-point lead. Washburn got within 80-78, then fell back to 89-82 with 1:30 to play. But Washburn's Jerry Pratt rebounded his own miss and put it back in with 1 second remaining. Marcus Marshall scored 30 for Johnson, Pratt 22 for the Millers.

Player of the Day

Cannot choose 1. How about a starting 5? Jackie Johnson, Mariah Grossfeld, Shayne Mullaney, Katybeth Biewen, MC McGrory.

Coach of the Day

Reggie Perkins, Mpls. Washburn boys

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