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Area Girls Basketball: Staples-Motley roars into subsection final

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COLLEGEVILLE — Grace Wolhowe scored 12 points for top-seeded Staples-Motley as the Cardinals drilled No. 5 Melrose 65-32 in the semifinals of the North Subsection 6-2A tournament at St. John’s University Saturday.

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Quinn Uhlman tallied 11 points for the Cardinals, who notched 15 steals compared to nine turnovers.

“It was the best effort of the year from us when it comes to playing as a team,” said Staples-Motley head coach Arden Beachy.

The 20-6 Cardinals will face off with No. 3 Sauk Centre for the North Subsection 6-2A championship at St. John’s University at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Mainstreeters have ousted Staples-Motley in the postseason the past four seasons.

Sauk Centre downed the Cardinals for the Section 6-2A championship in 2009-10 and 2010-11 while defeating them for the subsection championship in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

This year, the Cardinals beat Sauk Centre 67-57 on Feb. 18 at Staples.

“The win in the regular season gives us confidence, and I told the girls that we can’t dwell on past seasons,” said Beachy. “They attack the hoop and have good shooters. We have our work cut out for us.”

Melrose 12 20 — 32

Staples-Motley 30 35 — 65

MELROSE

Taryn Van Heel 2, Emily Tschida 2, Maci Blommel 4, Emily Goerdt 5, Gabi Sawyer 13, Justine Revermann 6. FG 12-39 (31 percent), FT 5-8 (63 percent). 3-point 3-9 (33 percent).

STAPLES-MOTLEY

Jaelin Beachy 6, Mackenzie Holst 8, Mikayla Wing 2, Kaitlin Spar 7, Kelsy Zetah 7, Grace Wolhowe 12, Megan Dumpprope 4, Quinn Uhlman 11, Shelby Pihlaja 8. FG 23-46 (50 percent), FT 9-13 (69 percent). 3-point 10-16 (63 percent). Overall: 20-6. Next: vs. No. 3 Sauk Centre for North Subsection 6-2A championship at St. John’s University 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

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