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2A: Minnehaha Academy defeats Concordia Academy to return to state

By MATT STEICHEN, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/09/18, 9:45PM CST

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Senior guard Terra Rhoades scored a game-high 35 points for the Redhawks in a 64-51 victory.

Terra Rhoades (23) led scoring for Minnehaha Academy with a game high 35 points, 27 coming in the second half. The Redhawks advance to next weeks state tournament with a 64-51 win over Concordia Academy on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Terra Rhoades (23) led scoring for Minnehaha Academy with a game high 35 points, 27 coming in the second half. The Redhawks advance to next weeks state tournament with a 64-51 win over Concordia Academy on Friday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Fourth-ranked Minnehaha Academy scored the first eight points in Friday’s Class 2A, Section 4 finals and advanced to its 11th state tournament in 14 years with a 64-51 victory over Concordia Academy at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

“These kids have been a part of our program since most of them were in seventh grade, so it means a lot to them,” coach Josh Thurow said. “They earned it. I’m proud of our girls for getting back to the state tournament.”

Senior guard Terra Rhoades scored a game-high 35 points for Minnehaha Academy. She scored 13 straight during a crucial stretch early in the second half as Concordia Academy began to chip away at the Redhawks’ 21-14 halftime lead.

The Beacons hung within 42-37 with 7:16 to go, but Rhoades responded with two straight baskets and then found Mia Curtis open in the corner for a three-pointer that put the Redhawks (21-7) back up by 12.

“She’s our senior leader. She steps up in the biggest games,” Thurow said. “It’s not just the points, she locked down on defense. That’s the kind of competitor she is.”


Lydia Lecher (24) scored a team high 15 points for Concordia Academy in a 64-51 loss to Minnehaha Academy in the Class 2A, Section 4 finals at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

First report

Fourth-ranked Minnehaha Academy scored the first eight points in Friday’s Class 2A, Section 4 finals and never trailed en route to a 64-51 victory over Concordia Academy at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

Senior guard Terra Rhoades poured in a game-high 35 points for Minnehaha Academy. She scored 13 straight during a crucial stretch early in the second half as Concordia Academy began to chip away at the Redhawks’ 21-14 halftime lead.

The Beacons hung within 42-37 with 7:16 to go, but Rhoades responded with two straight baskets and then found Mia Curtis open in the corner for a three-pointer that put the Redhawks back up by 12.

Check back later for more on the game. 


Freshman guard Grace Landvik (left) races to a loose ball with sophomore guard Mia Curtis (5). Landvik and Curtis added 12 and 9 points respectively as the second leading scorers for each of their teams. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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