Paige Donlinger had a career-high 21 points as FC’s girls won a play-in play-off game, beating L-O 98-23.
Payton Danielson had 26 points to lead M-C past G-E 56-16 in a play-in game. R-P beat Hope Lutheran in a play-in game 51-30. Lanesboro nipped Faribault B.A. 34-32 in a play-in game. In the Round of 16, FC fell to #9 in Class A GM (48-32), M-C fell to #4 in Goodhue (67-26), R-P fell to #3 Hayfield (84-20), and Lanesboro fell to #1 L/P (64-21). The Falcons finish 11-17, Cougars 9-18, Trojans 6-22, and Burros 5-20. Five-seed Houston was upset by 12-seed Southland 63-41. Rebel McKendry Kennedy had 30 points. The Hurricanes had their second worst shooting night (25%) of the year. They were 2-15 from deep. Dale Moga’s ‘Canes were 20-1 this year when making four-plus threes, 2-4 otherwise. Seniors Jessica Kitching, Amber Chapel, and Becca Lee helped Houston post more wins (22-5) than the past two combined (19-33). In Class AA, Chatfield lost to #10 in AA Lourdes 70-27 in the Round of 16. The Gophers finish at 8-18. R-P’s boys got 22 first half points (6-6 threes) from Landon Skalet in beating FC 56-30. The Trojans (11-6, 19-7) are the top seed in the one-bracket Section 1A play-offs. They await the winner of 17-seed M-C (4-9, 8-17) at 16-seed Houston (5-8, 10-16). Ian Meisner had a career-high 24 points to lead Kingsland past G-E. The Knights (8-10, 15-11) are the 5-seed and will host 12-seed GM (12-13). Lanesboro (1-12, 2-23) is the 18-seed and travels to 15-seed Hayfield (4-22), winner getting 2-seed SG (21-5). FC (3-14, 7-19) is the 14-seed and will host 19-seed G-E (1-22), winner getting 3-seed W-K (15-11). Freshman Reid Johnson scored a career-high 30 points, and Josef Fahrenholtz had a career-high 21, as Chatfield beat Southland 78-63. The Gophers ended a 14-game losing streak. Chatfield (2-16, 4-21) is 1AA’s 16-seed and will play at 1-seed Caledonia (22-4).