CLASS A STATE QUARTERFINALS ROUNDUP: Minneota upsets Mt. Iron-Buhl; Mayer Lutheran and Hancock cruise to semifinals

The first round of games for the Class A state girls basketball quarterfinals are in the book. The day got started with a bang as the Minneota Vikings upset the top-seeded Mt. Iron-Buhl Rangers. Hayfield, the No. 5 seed kept things rolling with a win over No. 4 Cass Lake-Bena. In the final two games, No. 2 Mayer Lutheran and No. 3 Hancock took care of business to reach the semifinals.

Below is a recap of the first day’s action at the Class A state tournament.

Minneota 51, Mt. Iron-Buhl 48 (OT)

MINNEAPOLIS – The magic that is Minneota in March continues. Coming into the Class A state tournament, the Vikings continued their dominance in March knocking off top-seeded Mt. Iron-Buhl 51-48 in overtime to start off the Class A quarterfinals Thursday.

The Rangers led by as many as 12 in the first half but Minneota rallied back. Down by 10 with just over five minutes left to play, the Vikings used a 13-3 run to tie the game at 45. Natalee Rolbiecki had the clutch shot for Minneota, knocking down a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to tie the game.

The Vikings would complete the comeback in overtime, outsourcing the Rangers 6-3 in the extra frame to advance to the Class A semifinals. It’s the second year in a row Minneota has knocked off Mt. Iron-Buhl in the state tournament.

Leading the way for the Vikings in the win was McKenna Yost with a game-high 24 points. She was 7-for-12 from the field including going 4-for-9 from 3-point range.

Hayfield 67, Class Lake-Bena 57

MINNEAPOLIS – After watching Minneota rally late, it looked as if there was going to be another furious comeback in the second Class A quarterfinal matchup of the day. Down 13 at half to the Hayfield Vikings, Cass Lake-Bena came out swinging with a 10-0 run to get back into the game. In the end, Hayfield showed why they are undefeated on the season, holding on for a 67-57 victory.

The Vikings will take unseeded Minneota in the Class A semifinals Friday at noon at Williams Arena.

Mayer Lutheran 56, United Christian Academy 33

MINNEAPOLIS – The Mayer Lutheran Crusaders were in cruise control in their opening game of the Class A state tournament. Taking on United Christian Academy, the Crusaders jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 56-33 victory Thursday.

Mayer Lutheran shot better than 60 percent from the floor in the win. A 26-5 run to open the game had the Thunder playing catchup throughout.

Madeline Guetzkow led all scorers with 17 points. Emma Lade was also in double figures for Mayer Lutheran with 11 points.

Hancock 73, Nevis 38

MINNEAPOLIS – The Hancock Owls came to play in their state tournament opener. A hot start from the field put them in control early and that was too much for the Nevis Tigers to overcome in a 73-38 loss.

Carlee Hanson had a big game for the Owls to help lead her team to the win. She finished with a game-high 29 points including going 5-for-10 from 3-point range. Hancock had three other players score in double figures as they had their offense firing on all cylinders.

Nevis was led by Ava Isaacson with a team-high 14 points in the loss.

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