Fillmore County, in recent memory, has been well represented when it comes to girl’s sub-section tournaments at Rochester Civic Center. One county team has made the 1A final every year dating back to 2004 (and maybe beyond). This year is different. With no sub-sections and just one bracket for both 1A and 1AA, with many county teams having down years (five of seven had double-digit play-off seeds), and with the top team (Houston) experiencing an upset; only one county team will get to play at MCC. Kingsland’s girls (8-seed, 13-13) staved off a threat from Schaeffer Academy (9-seed, 16-10) in a 1A 1st Round contest. The Lions led 47-44 with under two minutes left. A Joceyln Voeltz running bank-shot put the Knights ahead 48-47 (0:58). It was the senior’s only points. The Buchholtz sister hit 6 of 6 free throws in the final minute and Lindsey Welch blocked a game-tying S.A three-point attempt (0:20) to propel team double-K to a 54-49 win. Each of Kingsland’s five starters scored in the final four minutes. The Knights finished on a 10-2 run. Lauren B. led the way (22 pts, 12-15 FTs, 13 rebs, 6 assists). She was 8-9 from the free throw line in the second half and notched her seventh double-double in eight games. Ellie B. (14 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists, 4 stls) and Kori Kruegel (11 pts, 6 rebs, 4 blks) helped. Megan Boegel had 29 (pts) and 12 (rebs) to lead the Lions. Kingsland (14-13) next plays 1-seed L/P (26-1).
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