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Sauk Centre one victory from perfect season, 2A title

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 03/16/18, 7:45PM CDT


The Mainstreeters used a 16-2 run in the second half en route to a 54-45 victory over Norwood Young America.

Sauk Centre guard Tori Peschel (21) drove to the basket as Norwood Young America center Bren Fox (23) looked to defend in the first half. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Sauk Centre sophomore Tori Peschel stole the ball and was fouled. She got up from the floor and gave a “let’s go!” shout.

“Well, we knew coming into the game that we’d definitely be smaller, especially down in the post area, so when you get those fouls down there and draw contact… it benefits us,” said Peschel, who finished with a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

That play was near the start of a 16-2 run for the Mainstreeters (32-0) in the second half on their way to a 54-45 victory over No. 6-ranked Norwood Young America in the Class 2A semifinal on Friday at Target Center. 

First report

The streak is still alive.

Top-ranked Sauk Centre (32-0) defeated No. 6-ranked Norwood-Young America 54-45 in the Class 2A semifinals Friday at Target Center.

The two squads were tied at 23 after a back-and-forth first half, but the Mainstreeters used a 16-2 run to distance themselves in the second half. Sophomore guard Tori Peschel scored 18 points and senior Maesyn Thiesen added 13 points for Sauk Centre. Senior Kelsey Peschel scored all of her 13 points in the second half.

The Mainstreeters, in their fourth consecutive state tournament appearance, look to finish off the undefeated season with a state title. They have runner-up finishes in 2012, 2015 and 2017.

The loss snaps a 15-game winning streak for the Raiders (28-4). Senior center Bren Fox led their effort with 18 points.

Check back later for more on the game.

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