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3A top seed DeLaSalle gets a scare but defeats Hibbing

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/13/19, 11:30AM CDT


The Bluejackets led at halftime and were within two points until the Islanders pulled away in the final 10 minutes for a 61-53 victory.

DeLaSalle's Kiani Lockett tries to break through the Hibbing defense during the first half. Photo: brian.peterson@startribune.com

Top-seed DeLaSalle and under-rated Hibbing got what they expected from one another to start.

Hibbing brought purpose and DeLaSalle applied pressure defense. The Bluejackets led coming out of halftime and that’s when the Islanders changed their defense and their fate.

DeLaSalle’s zone defense and Hibbing’s inability to shoot over it or drive past it became the difference in the Islanders’ 61-53 victory Wednesday at Maturi Pavilion.

“We weren’t panicked,” said freshman forward Sydney Runsewe, who led all scorers with 18 points. “We talked about what we needed to change and do better and that’s what we did in the second half.”

First report

DeLaSalle overcame a scare from Hibbing in a 61-53 victory in the Class 3A quarterfinal played Wednesday at Maturi Pavilion.

No. 1 seed DeLaSalle (22-5) led by two points with a little less than 10 minutes left but pulled away down the stretch.

Hibbing (27-3) led 30-28 at halftime.

Sydney Runsewe scored 18 points for the victorious Islanders.

Check back later for more on the game.

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