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Hot-shooting first half keys St. Michael-Albertville victory over Lakeville North

By PAUL HODOWANIC, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/11/20, 6:30PM CDT


The Knights made a tournament record 13 three-pointers en route to a 67-58 win in the 4A quarterfinals.

Sarah Kuma (14) of Lakeville North was defended by MacKenzie Kramer (1) of St. Michael-Albertville in the first half. Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com

St. Michael-Albertville was open from deep. So the Knights let it fly.

And they made them, to a tune of  a tournament-record 13 three-pointers in cruising to a 67-58 state quarterfinal victory over Lakeville North on Wednesday at Williams Arena.

The bulk of the Knights’ offense came in the first half, when they made 11 of 18 attempts from beyond the arc. It was part of a 15-for-25 shooting effort overall to take a 45-25 lead into halftime.

It came as no shock to St. Michael-Albertville coach Kent Hamre.

“I’m more surprised when it doesn’t go in,” he said.

First report

St. Michael-Albertville made a tournament-record 13 three-pointers and cruised to a 67-58 quarterfinal victory over Lakeville North at Williams Arena.

The bulk of the Knights' offense came in the first half Wednesday, when they drained 11 of 18 attempts from beyond the arc.  It was part of 15-of-25 shooting overall to take a 20-point lead into halftime.

The Knights' hot shooting went cold as they opened the second half. They missed their first eight attempts as Lakeville North went on a 11-2 run before the Knights regained momentum. The Panthers cut the lead to seven with 1:08 to play in the game, but drew no closer.

The Panthers made five of 21 three-point attempts.

Four of St. Michael-Albertville’s starters finished in double digits. Senior Mackenzie Kramer finished with a team-high 22 points.

Lakeville North senior Lauren Jensen had 22 as well.

St. Michael-Albertville will play Farmington in the semifinals on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Williams Arena.

Check back later for more on the game.

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