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Albany's Paige Meyer excited to head to South Dakota State

By Star Tribune, 04/06/21, 8:30PM CDT


News and notes from the girls' semifinals on Tuesday, including unfinished business at Minneota and how to buy tickets for remaining games.

Paige Meyer of Albany (center) dove for a loose ball with Providence Academy's Brook Christianson, left, and Mylea Monahan of Glencoe-Silver Lake. Photo: Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@startribune.com

Albany senior Paige Meyer is the perfect example of a recruit losing visibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 5-6 point guard verbally committed to South Dakota State late last spring after only having two other offers.

“I decided to commit at that time due to all the uncertainty with COVID,” said Meyer, who signed with the Jackrabbits in November.

Her recruiting exposure was limited because of the Huskies not reaching the state tournament and a delayed start to the AAU season.

“I really liked South Dakota State when I visited the school,” Meyer said.

Huskies coach Aaron Boyum said Meyer “is going to do very well from them,” Boyum said. She had 27 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals in the Huskies’ 72-49 semifinal victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake.

“As good as Paige is as basketball player, she is even a better person,’’ he said.


Defending 2019 title
Last year, Minneota didn’t get the chance to defend its Class 1A girls’ basketball title from 2019.

The Vikings, who are 85-2 over the past three seasons, won their 2020 state tournament opener before the rest of the tournament was called off.

On Tuesday, the Vikings rallied for a one-point victory over Mountain Iron-Buhl to advance to Friday’s championship game against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.
Minneota (24-0) and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (23-1) met in Minneota during the regular season with the Vikings winning 42-38 on Feb. 20.

“It was one of the two nonconference games we played,” Minneota coach Chad Johnston said. “We needed a game like that on our schedule. They are a very good team, especially because of their balance and defensive pressure.”


Tickets on sale again
After starting its winter state tournaments with fans limited to those affiliated with competing schools, the Minnesota State High School League is back to selling limited tickets to the public for the basketball state tournaments at Target Center.

Looser fan restrictions in Minnesota that went into effect April 1 means Target Center can have as many as 3,000 spectators for events. Throughout games during the regular season and as recently as last week’s state quarterfinal games, a 250-person limit was in place.

The High School League is posting ticket availability on its website.


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