Toryn Richards (3) of Waterville-Elysian-Morristown was defended by Kaitlan Jones (21) of Heritage Christian Academy in the second half. Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ • email@example.com
Kylie Pittmann looked at home on the Maturi Pavilion floor.
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown’s junior guard made three consecutive three-pointers midway through the first half, propelling the Buccaneers to a 58-46 triumph over Heritage Christian in the Class 1A quarterfinals Thursday on the University of Minnesota campus.
“I was feeling it today, really comfortable,” said Pittman, who had 15 points, going 5-for-7 from behind the arc. “I was knocking down open shots.”
Pittmann’s quick five-minute barrage helped turn an 11-10 deficit into a 21-13 lead with 6:11 left in the first half. The No. 7-ranked Buccaneers (27-4) led 25-15 at the intermission.
“We’re playing at a pretty high level right now,” Buccaneers coach Tyler Kaus said. His team shot 40 percent from the floor and went 21-for-22 from the free-throw line. “It’s a confident group.”
Classmate Brielle Bartelt took over the game in the second half. She scored the first nine points after the break as the Buccaneers went on an 11-0 run to build a 36-15 lead. Bartelt had a game-high 23 points.
“I saw their tall player was guarding me, so I took it to the hoop,” said Bartelt, who had two layups, a three-pointer and two free throws during the run. “We felt really good at the end of the first half.”
The Eagles (22-8) were led by junior guard Taylor Schuck’s 19 points.
“I thought we matched up with them pretty well,” Eagles coach Lori Crellin said. “We ran into a team that was pretty hot.”