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Ada-Borup's Monica Vega made a layup as Marantha Christian's Olivia Austin was called for a foul in the second half of the Class 1A quarterfinal game Thursday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Ada-Borup upset the defending champs 70-53. Photo: KYNDELL HA

Ada-Borup stunned two-time defending state Class 1A champions Maranatha Christian Academy 70-53 on Thursday at Williams Arena.

The Cougars (27-3) built their lead slowly to 37-27 at halftime.

“I’d love to say part of our game plan was to get out to a 10-point lead, but we were just hoping to get it to a two-point lead,” Ada-Borup head coach David Smart said. “The girls just played well.”

The Mustangs (26-5) struggled to catch up, playing significant minutes without two leading scorers in foul trouble. Senior center Onye Osemenam played only 13 minutes, fouling out with five minutes left in regulation.

“Honestly, I do feel like it was kind of unfair, but we can’t blame everything on the refs,” Osemenam said. “We didn’t play as well as we could have.”

Mustangs coach Jim Hammond said he hadn’t figured out what went wrong. 

“We didn’t play like we’d been there,” Hammond said. “But I told the girls, you’re trying to win three in a row… You have not failed.”

The Cougars’ senior forward Megan Kolness led with 19 points.

“After the game, we all talked about how now we have a chance to actually get into the state [championship] that we’ve dreamed about since we were little,” Kolness said..

MEGAN RYAN

3 Stars

1) Megan Kolness (Ada-Borup)-The senior forward led all scorers with 19 points and hit multiple big shots all game. She also chipped in eight rebounds, all of them defensive. 

2) Monica Vega (Ada-Borup)-She hustled up and down the court all afternoon playing defense and creating scoring chances. She recorded nine points and had five steals.

3) Mikayla Payne (Marantha)-Led the Mustangs with 15 points and did her best to keep Marantha in the game, going 5 of 5 from the free throw line.

 

 

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