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Nevis' bid to return to the Section 5A boys basketball championship game was denied Monday night as Cromwell-Wright held on for a 55-50 victory at Pequot Lakes in the Section 5A North final.
The Nevis boys basketball team connected on nine 3-pointers in the first half to take control and eliminate Menahga from the Section 5A playoffs with an 81-56 victory Thursday night at the Tiger Arena. Nevis, the No. 2 seed in the North, made 14 3-pointers in the game to advance. "I was really happy with the way we moved the ball offensively and took quality shots," said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. "We hit 14 of 20 3s, which is an improvement as of late and also what you need at tourney time."
Head coach Cody Pulju knew the Menahga girls basketball team would face a battle from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Friday night’s Section 5A championship game at Fergus Falls. Even though the Braves defeated B-B-E 65-39 in the second game of the season, Pulju expected a much closer game in the rematch with a trip to the state Class A tournament at stake.
Park Rapids and Nevis prevailed in constasting styles Thursday night to open the section boys basketball tournaments. Park Rapids, the No. 4 seed in the South, opened the Section 8AA playoffs with a 65-64 win over No. 5 Wadena-Deer Creek in double overtime at the Area High School gym. The Panthers will play Hawley, the No. 1 seed in the North, in a Section 8AA quarterfinal game at Concordia College in Moorhead Saturday (March 10) at 6 p.m. Hawley defeated Thief River Falls 70-51 Thursday night.
Aaron Pike will once again represent the United States at the Paralympic Winter Games.
A game-ending 24-9 run lifted the Menahga boys basketball team to a 51-44 win at Verndale in the opening round of the Section 5A North tournament Tuesday night. Menahga, the No. 10 seed, trailed 35-27 midway through the second half before rallying for the win. A 3-pointer by Charlie Hodge and inside baskets by Jonah Howard and Owen Anderson offset 3-pointers by Verndale's Luke Weniger and Owen Korfe as the game was tied at 8-8 with 11:45 to play in the first half.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley forced 32 turnovers to eliminate the Nevis girls basketball team from the Section 5A North playoffs with an 80-35 win at Walker on March 1. Ashley Pyburn led the No. 7-seeded Tigers with 12 points, eight steals and seven rebounds. Ava Isaacson (7) and Katie Kamphaus (6) combined for 13 points with Isaacson leading the way with nine rebounds while adding four steals. Madison Neyens and Kia Heide dished out two assists each as the Tigers end the season with a 10-18 record.
Kacie Borowicz and Katie Borowicz combined to score 53 points, including 30 in the second half, to lead Roseau to an 81-46 Section 8AA playoff victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team March 3 at Concordia College in Moorhead. The Borowicz sisters combined for 23 points as the Rams, the No. 2 seed in the North, led 41-30 at the half. Rilee Michaelson hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Park Rapids, the No. 3 seed in the South.
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley had the Menahga girls basketball team in an unusual situation midway through Tuesday night's Section 5A championship game at Wadena. At the end, the Braves were back in familiar territory. Menahga, which trailed at halftime for the first time this season, outscored the Wolves 42-24 in the second half for a 70-55 victory to improve to 29-0 and earn a trip to the Section 5A title game.
Caden Kramer and Jack Landquist scored 10 points apiece in the first half to spark the Nevis boys basketball team to a 58-44 Northland Conference victory at Red Lake in the regular-season finale March 2.