Updated: 03/21/2014 2:39 PM KSTP.com By: KSTP Sports
Thursday was a busy day in the Girls' State Basketball Tournament as Class A, Class 3A, and Class 4A teams were in action at Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
In the morning session, Class A's top-seed Minneota opened the tournament with an easy victory over Browerville. Minneota jumped out to a 21-4 lead and cruised to a 77-50 victory, setting up a semifinals date with Goodhue on Friday.
Browerville managed only one field goal in the first eight minutes of the game. The Vikings hit nine of their first 12 shots to build the lead. Junior forward Taylor Reiss scored the first 13 points for Minneota. She finished with 40 points and 11 rebounds.
Goodhue got help late from eighth-grader Sydney Lodermeier, who scored six points in the final 24 seconds to seal a come-from-behind 65-58 victory over Ada-Borup. Lodermeier finished with 14 points off the bench, six of those coming at the free throw line.
Lindsey Theuninck made a pair of free throws with .4 seconds remaining in overtime to carry Mankato Loyola past second-seeded Maranatha Christian Academy 93-91.
Mankato Loyola was down by four points with 21 seconds remaining in regulation when Theuninck hit a jumper and then fellow freshman RaeAnn Dose scored in the paint to tie the game at 81 with two seconds left.
Loyola outscored Maranatha 12-10 in the extra session to advance to the Class A semifinals against Win-E-Mac on Friday at Williams Arena.
Win-E-Mac upset third-seeded Mountain Iron-Buhl 73-62. Senior Shelby Kaster led the Patriots with 13 points and nine rebounds in the first half alone, and finished with a game-high 25 points.
After trailing by double digits for most of the game, Mountain Iron-Buhl managed to cut the lead to just a point with about five minutes remaining. Win-E-Mac closed the game out on a 15-5 run.
In Class 3A, Park Center beat Minneapolis Washburn 63-59. It was a close game for much of the first half, but Park Center took control of the game for good about three minutes into the second half, building a small lead that proved to be too much for Washburn to overcome.
Two ninth-graders came up big for Park Center. Ann Simonet scored 14 points and Mikayla Hayes scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Park Center will face Marshall in the Class 3A title game on Saturday. Callie Graff hit a pair of free throws to lead Marshall by Fergus Falls 52-51. Graff finished with 12 points, none bigger than the final two, as Marshall battled back from an 11-point deficit early in the second half.
In Class 4A, Eastview and Bloomington Kennedy advanced to the state championship game on Saturday night.
Eastview (30-1) scored 33 points off of free throws to beat Eden Prairie 62-51. The Lightning were led Emee Udo's 17 points and seven rebounds, Kari Opatz' 15 points, and Madison Guebert's 12 points.
Bloomington Kennedy (26-6) will play for its fourth state championship after beating Lakeville North 61-51.
The Eagles won the title in 2005 and finished runner-up in 2006 and 2013.
Four players finished in double figures for Bloomington Kennedy, led by Tonoia Wade's 19 points and Ms. Basketball finalist Kenisha Bell's 18 points.
For a complete recap of each game, visit the KSTP Sports State Girls' Basketball Tournament Homepage.