DeLaSalle forward Nurjei Weems (22) made a steal in the second half against Hermantown. Photo: Jerry Holt • Jerry.Holt@startribune.com
As underdog Hermantown pulled within a basket of tying her top-seeded team in the first half, DeLaSalle coach Tanysha Scott said she thought “I told you so.”
“This week, I told the girls, ‘You can’t underestimate any team at the state tournament because these are the top eight teams playing their best basketball,’ ” Scott said.
Defending Class 3A champion DeLaSalle recovered from its first half skid and earned a 85-52 quarterfinal victory thanks to its effective press defense and three-point shooting. The Islanders (25-4) sank 13-of-23 three pointers and scored 30 points off 19 Hermantown turnovers.
“We missed four chippies that I think could’ve made a little bit of a difference,” Hawks coach Beth Clark said. “But hats off to DeLaSalle. They are the best team in the state.”
Too crafty, too fast and too experienced, defending Class 3A champion DeLaSalle rolled to a 85-52 victory in its girls’ basketball state tournament quarterfinal.
Hermantown (26-4) put up a solid fight, getting within two points of the favored Islanders at 29-27 with 2:43 remaining in the first half on Wednesday at the Maturi Pavilion.
No. 1 seed DeLaSalle (25-4), using its effective press defense and three-point shooting, recovered. The Islanders’ 38-29 lead was never threatened again.
Sydney Runsewe and Nurjei Weems led DeLaSalle with 20 points each. Elly Schmitz led Hermantown with 16 points.
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