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Day four: Maranatha, Braham, DeLaSalle and Hopkins win titles

By Tim Kolehmainen, Executive Editor, 03/19/11, 7:43AM CDT


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Schedule for Saturday, March 19

Class Time Teams Court
A 10 a.m. Hancock vs. Mt. Iron-Buhl Concordia University
A 12 p.m. Maranatha Christian vs. Nicollet Target Center
AA 12 p.m. Sauk Centre v. Providence Academy Concordia University
AA 2 p.m. Minnehaha Academy vs. Braham Target Center
AAA 2 p.m. Alexandria vs. Benilde-St. Margaret's Concordia University
AAA 6 p.m. Hill-Murray vs. DeLaSalle Target Center
AAAA 4 p.m. White Bear Lake vs. Lakeville North Concordia University
AAAA 8 p.m. Hopkins vs. Eden Prairie Target Center

Class AAAA results

Hopkins' Sydney Coffey

Championship: No. 1 Hopkins 67, No. 2 Eden Prairie 45

Top-ranked Hopkins came out firing after halftime, roaring past second-seeded Eden Prairie to claim the Class AAAA state title at Target Center Saturday night. Tied at 22-all after the opening 18 minutes, the Royals (30-2) outscored the Eagles (25-6) in the second half, 45-23. Sisters Sydney Coffey (18 points) and Nia Coffey (12 points, nine rebounds), daughters of former Gopher and Timberwolf forward Richard Coffey, paced the Royals as the only two double-digit scorers. Gracia Hutson chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds. Jackie Johnson (14 points, 13 rebounds) posted a double-double for Eden Prairie, while Shayne Mullaney had 12 points.

To read the MN Girls Basketball Hub / Star-Tribune recap of the game, please click on this link.

Third place: No. 3 Lakeville North 68, White Bear Lake 50

Last winter, these two teams met in the Class AAAA championship game. This time the honor was for third place -- and again Lakeville North came up with the victory against White Bear Lake. The Panthers (29-3) broke open a three-point game midway through the second half, surging past the Beras (27-5) with a 28-13 closing stretch to the game. Rachel Banham led North with 17 points and five assists, while Hannah Hughes chipped in with 11 points. Lindsay Paulson and Tarah Hobbs paced White Bear Lake with just eight points, while Alexis Foley had seven points and eight assists.

Class AAAA All-Tournament team

Name School Pos
Rachel Banham Lakeville North G
Apiew Ojulu Lakeville North C
Alexis Foley White Bear Lake G
Shayne Mullaney Eden Prairie G
Morgan Van Riper-Rose Eden Prairie G
Jackie Johnson Eden Prairie F
Nia Coffey Hopkins G
Ebony Livingston Hopkins G
Gracia Hutson Hopkins F
Brianna Williams Hopkins G

Class AAA results

DeLaSalle's Tyseanna Johnson

Championship: No. 3 DeLaSalle 63, No. 1 Hill-Murray 43

DeLaSalle pulled away from previously unbeaten and top-ranked Hill-Murray in the second half to win the Class AAA state title at Target Center. Leading just 22-20 at halftime, the Islanders (27-4) outscored the Pioneers (30-1) in the second half, 41-23. Tyseanna Johnson led four scores in double figures for DeLaSalle with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Mariah Adanene (17 points), Allina Starr (11) and Chanel Dickinson (10) also chipped in. The Islanders also continued their outstanding defensive effort in the state tournament, limiting the Pioneers to just 31.5 percent shooting (17-of-54) and outrebounding them 42-29. Bethany Doolittle led Hill-Murray with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Corrine McCallum had 11 points. Tessa Cichy was frustrated by DeLaSalle's defense, shooting 2-of-14 and scoring five points before fouling out with 1:24 remaining.  It was her lowest point total of the season.

To read the MN Girls Basketball Hub / Star-Tribune recap of the game, please click on this link.

Third place: No. 2 Benilde-St. Margaret's 54, No. 4 Alexandria 51

Benilde-St. Margaret's held off Alexandria in in the second half to claim the Class AAA third-place game at Concordia University. The Red Knights (26-6) led by 12 points at haltime, but the Cardinals (25-5) cut it to just two in the final seconds, but couldn't complete the comeback. Josie Dillon (16 points) and Khadijah Shumpert (15 points) formed a great 1-2 punch for Benilde on offense, while Grace Coughlin added nine points and four assists. Benilde shot 59.5 percent from the field in the game (22-of-37). Three players were in double figures for Alexandria: sisters Lauren Trumm (17 points) and Sam Trumm (12 points) and forward Alli Haar (13 points).

Class AAA All-Tournament team

Name School Pos
Lauren Trumm Alexandria G
Sam Trumm Alexandria C
Khadijah Shumpert Benilde-StM F
Grace Coughlin Benilde-StM G
Claire Van Dyk Hill-Murray F
Corrine McCallum Hill-Murray G
Bethany Doolittle Hill-Murray C
Tyseanna Johnson DeLaSalle C
Mariah Adanene DeLaSalle G
Allina Starr DeLaSalle G

Class AA results

Braham's<br>Rebekah Dahlman

Championship: Braham 68, Minnehaha Academy 61

Minnehaha Academy knew it had to keep a close eye on Braham's Rebekah Dahlman -- and the Redhawks' tight defense did just that, hounding the Bombers' sophomore star to just 3-of-13 shooting. But Dahlman went 17-of-18 from the free throw line for 23 points and added 12 rebounds as Braham claimed the Class AA state title at Target Center. The game was a rematch of last year's championship, which was won by Minnehaha Academy. Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow took advantage of the extra attention on Dahlman to hit 4-of-9 three-pointers for 20 points for Braham (30-2), while Katie Nickles added 10 points. Sarina Baker slashed and cut her way to 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Redhawks (23-6). Gabbi Stienstra chippped in with 14 points before fouling out in the final minutes.

To read the MN Girls Basketball Hub / Star-Tribune recap of the game, please click on this link.

Third place: Sauk Centre 58, Providence Academy 57

Kali Peschel drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Sauk Centre a thrilling one-point victory in the Class AA third place game at Concordia University. Peschel's last-second shot came as she gathered in a loose ball after Providence Academy's Taylor Finley blocked a three-point attempt from Maren Greenwaldt. Peschel finished with a game-high 27 points, while Greenwaldt had 12 points and Macy Weller had 11 points and nine rebounds for Sauk Centre (30-2). Nicole Frogner led Providence Academy (26-5) with 17 points, including 11-of-14 from the firee throw line. AnnMarie Healy chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Class AA All-Tournament team

Name School Pos
AnnMarie Healy Providence Academy F
Leah Szabla Providence Academy G
Kali Peschel Sauk Centre F
Macy Weller Sauk Centre F
Sarina Baker Minnehaha Academy G
Katelyn Adams Minnehaha Academy C
Gabby Stienstra Minnehaha Academy G
Rebekah Dahlman Braham G
Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow Braham F
Hannah Dahlman Braham G

Class A results

Maranatha's<br>Mikayla Payne

Championship: Maranatha Christian 59, Nicollet 52

Talk about calm under pressure. Freshman Mikayla Payne, who averaged less than two points per game during the regular season, hit seven straight free throws down the stretch as Maranatha Christian held off Nicollet to claim the Class A state championship at Target Center. Payne (13 points) and fellow freshman Madison Lee (14 points) paced the Mustangs (23-9) and combined to go 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Kayla Wenner led all scorers with 17 points for Nicollet (18-9), while Kasslin Swenson recorded a double-double (15 points, 14 rebounds).

To read the MN Girls Basketball Hub / Star-Tribune recap of the game, please click on this link.

Third place: Mt. Iron-Buhl 61, Hancock 45

After a tough semifinal loss Friday, Mt. Iron-Buhl restarted its offense in the Class A third place game, surging past Hancock in the second half of a 61-45 victory. The Rangers (28-4) led by just two at halftime, 21-19, but poured in 40 points after intermission, led by the duo of Charlotte Overbye (21 points, eight rebounds, five assists) and Kathy Ostman (15 points, nine rebounds). They combined for 25 points in the second half, 13 from Ostman. Hancock (27-4) had three players in double-figures: Ilissa Koehl (12 points), Kendra Schmidgall (11 points) and Courtney Greiner (10 points, 14 rebounds).

Class A All-Tournament team

Name School Pos
Ashlynn Muhl Minneota F
Kendra Schmidgall Hancock C
Charlotte Overbye Mt. Iron-Buhl G
Dakotah Winans Mt. Iron-Buhl G
Kayla Wenner Nicollet F
Anna Skrien Nicollet G
Kasslin Swenson Nicollet F
Onye Osemenam Maranatha C
Alexis Long Maranatha G
Madison Lee Maranatha G

Other news

Minnesota Girls Basketball Hub
The crew at the the MN Girls Basketball Hub, in conjunction with the Star-Tribune, is featuring coverage at the tournament this season. Check out their main tournament page to keep on top of all the action.

John's Journal
For those interested in former Star Tribune writer John Millea and his thoughts with the MSHSL, he's blogging from the girls' state tournament this weekend.  Just go to the main MSHSL site and hit the tab for "John's Journal." 

Fox video interviews
The FoxPreps.com gang is doing a great job on their website, covering the 2011 state tournament.  Click on the link for additional news and interviews from the games.

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