The Minnehaha Redhawks successfully defended a last-second shot by Litchfield's Zach Whitchurch, and when his shot came off the glass without drawing any iron, Minnehaha was the Class AA state champion. The Redhawk's Kaharri Carter hit 3-of-4 FT down the stretch to keep his team ahead 55-51 and then 56-54. In between Cameron Sundmark hit his 4th 3 of the day to get his team within 1. Carter's final FT and Whitchurch's miss followed, and Litchfield is the runner-up in Class AA for the 2nd straight year.
Minnehaha led throughout most of the 2nd half but never by more than 5, and that was early in the half at 38-33 and 41-36. Litch came bak to tie at 43 on a pair of buckets by Riley Pater, and then took it's only lead at 46-45 on a Zach Kinny FT. But John Pryor quickly hit the 1st of 2 crucial 3s to give the Redhawks the lead for good at 48-46 at about 7 minutes. 3 minutes later his 2nd 3 made it 53-49. Dylan Koll made 4-for-4 throws to keep Litch close at 53-51.
The Redhawks dominated the boards 33-20, and 13-4 on the offensive glass, and they out-scored Litch by the same number (13-4) on 2nd chance points. Carter, Thomas Gedion and Marcellous Hazzard had 8, 7 and 6 boards. Hazzard led the champions with 14 points, Pryor added 12 and Carter 11. Riley Pater was the only Dragon in double figures with 16.
Minnehaha wanted to run, and did so from time to time. Litchfield wanted to slow it down, and did so pretty much every possession. The result was a virtual draw at the end of the 1st half, as the Redhawks lead 30-29 on a short jumper by Thomas Gedion.
Minnehaha led early 11-5 and 12-7 as John Pryor hit a pair of 3s, and Marcellous Hazzard and Gedion scored off the offensive glass. Litch caught up at 19 as Dylan Koll got into the lane for a pair of layups. The Dragons then took their 1st lead at 29-28 on a pair of 3s by sub Cameron Sundmark.
The Redhawks dominated the boards 17-9 and the offensive glass 6-2, scoring 9 2nd chance points to Litch's 4. But Minnehaha turned it over 7 times, Litch only 3, again showing the different approaches to the game.
Hazzard leads all scorers at the half with 12, Kaharri Carter leads the rebounders with 5.