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Providence Academy eliminates No. 2 seed Sauk Centre

By NATE GOTLIEB, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/11/20, 7:45PM CDT


Kyra Miller scored seven consecutive points in the second half to key a 47-42 victory in a Class 2A quarterfinal.

Providence Academy guard Kyra Miller (31) hit a three-pointer over Sauk Centre guard Tori Peschel (21) late in the second half. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Providence Academy made four field goals in the first half of its Class 2A quarterfinal against Sauk Centre, after which it trailed by six.

But the Lions found their groove early in the second half to defeat the Mainstreeters 47-42 after going on a 19-4 run.

Freshman Kyra Miller led the unseeded Lions (26-5) with 14 points, half of them coming on three consecutive baskets during the team’s big second-half run.

Grace Counts added 12 points, and Hailey Hohenecker 11 for the Lions, who withstood a 9-0 run by the second-seeded Mainstreeters in the game’s closing minutes.

First report

Kyra Miller had 14 points, including seven consecutive midway through the second half, as unseeded Providence Academy defeated second-seeded Sauk Centre 47-42 in the Class 2A quarterfinals Wednesday at the Maturi Pavillion.

Providence Academy (26-5), which trailed by six points at halftime, took a nine-point lead with about 10 minutes to go after Miller, a freshman, hit her third consecutive shot.

Miller added a basket in the waning seconds of the game, after Sauk Centre (28-3) went on a 9-0 run to cut the Lions' lead to three at 45-42.

Grace Counts scored 12 points and Hailey Hohenecker scored 11 for Providence Academy, making its first state-tournament appearance since 2013.

Michaela Dammann and Tori Peschel led Sauk Centre with 14 points each.

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