Minneota's Morgan Hennen drove to the basket while Heritage Christian's Taylie Scott defended in the second half of the Class 1A semifinal Friday at Williams Arena. Photo: ELIZABETH FLORES • email@example.com
Minneota and Heritage Christian were mirror images of each other. The difference-maker in their Class 1A semifinal matchup was a matter of experience.
The No. 1-ranked Vikings, with all five starters back from last year’s third-place squad, scored nine of the game’s final 12 points to pull out a 55-50 victory over Heritage Christian on Friday at Williams Arena.
“Having that experience was key,” Minneota coach Chad Johnston said. “When it came down to crunch time, they all stepped up.”
Sophomore guard Abby Hennen made six consecutive free throws, giving the Vikings (29-1) a 52-48 lead with 1 minute, 7 seconds left. She was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and scored a game-high 21 points. She also had eight rebounds and four assists.
“I struggled on my free throws [Thursday],” said Hennen, who was 5-for-9 from the free-throw line in the Vikings’ 66-46 victory over Red Lake in the quarterfinals. “I had to focus more and be confident.”