Girls State Basketball: Watertown-Mayer to play Sauk Centre in semis

MINNEAPOLIS--No. 3 Watertown-Mayer (27-3) picked up 65 points from its top-three scorers in a 71-58 victory over Rochester Lourdes (21-10) in the Class A quarterfinals at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS-No. 3 Watertown-Mayer (27-3) picked up 65 points from its top-three scorers in a 71-58 victory over Rochester Lourdes (21-10) in the Class A quarterfinals at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

In a matchup of programs who hadn't made the state tournament since 2010, it was the team whose only prior appearance was 2010 who will advance to the Class 2A semifinals against No. 2 Sauk Centre on Friday at 8 p.m. at Williams Arena.

Rochester Lourdes, competing in its 18th state tournament, will play Minnehaha Academy in the consolation semifinals at Concordia-St. Paul's Gangelhoff Center on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Watertown-Mayer's Kristin Klitzke (23), Claire Killian (22), and Monika Czinano (20) combined to shoot 19-38, make eight three-pointers (8-18), collect 27 rebounds and dish eight assists.

Czinano had a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds and shot 8-11 from the field, Killian just missed with 22 points and eight rebounds and Klitzke dished out a team-high six assists to go with her team leading 23 points.


Wynter Bergner led Rochester Lourdes with 17 points while Alyssa Ustby had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Sauk Centre 74, Minnehaha 65

MINNEAPOLIS-No. 2 Sauk Centre (30-1) extended its winning streak to 29 games with a 74-65 Class 2A quarterfinal win over Minnehaha Academy (24-5) on Wednesday night at Mariucci Arena.

The Mainstreeters used a 12-0 run in a three minute stretch in the second half to turn a four-point deficit into an eight-point lead and didn't allow the Redhawks a possession with a chance to tie or take the lead the rest of the way, extending the lead to double-figures twice down the stretch.

Sauk Centre was led by Maesyn Thiesen with 22 points, six assists and six steals while Jill Klaphake had 20 points, five assists and only one turnover. Tori Peschel chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, adding five assists (one turnover) and four steals.

The trio had eight points and all five steals during the turning point of the game.

Taytum Rhoades led Minnehaha with 25 points on a strong shooting performance, hitting 10-16 including 4-6 three-point shooting. She also dished a team-high five assists.

NL-Spicer 48, Esko 43


MINNEAPOLIS-In a game that featured a pair of storied programs with 29 combined state tournament appearances, it was No. 4 New London-Spicer (27-3) holding off No. 5 Esko (24-7) 48-43 in the Class 2A quarterfinal at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

New London-Spicer, in its 17th state tournament appearance and runner-up of the 2016 Class 2A State Tournament, will play No. 1 Roseau (30-0) in the state semifinals on Friday at 6 p.m. at Williams Arena.

Esko will take on New Richland-HEG in the consolation semifinal at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Concordia-St. Paul's Gangelhoff Center.

Shea Oman led New London-Spicer with 16 points, adding five assists and three steals while making 6-12 from the field. Kabrie Weber was the game's top rebounder with 10, adding eight points.

Esko had three players in double-figures led by Selena Shady's 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Roseau 82, NRHEG 64

MINNEAPOLIS-Roseau senior Kiley Borowicz accomplished a rare quadruple-double to help the 30-0 Rams to an 82-64 Class 2A quarterfinal victory over New Richland-HEG (25-6) Wednesday afternoon at Mariucci Arena.

The eldest of three Borowicz sisters on the top-seeded Rams, senior Kiley, produced 28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.


Sophomore Kacie Borowicz scored 22 points, added six rebounds, five steals, three assists and three blocks. The youngest, eighth-grader Katie, played 27 minutes off the bench and scored eight points with five steals and three assists.

Roseau post Victoria Johnson had 12 points and 14 rebounds with three blocked shots.

New Richland was led by Betsy Schoenrock with 20 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. Marnie Wagner added 16 points, five rebounds and five steals.

Winona 64, DeLaSalle 59

MINNEAPOLIS-Third-seeded Winona (25-4) extended its winning streak to 12 games in defeating DeLaSalle (18-11) 64-59 Wednesday in the Class 3A quarterfinals at Mariucci Arena.

Four Winhawks scored in double figures led by Eden Nibbelink's 16 points and 10 rebounds. She added four assists, four blocks and two steals. Abby Winter added 15 points on just six shots (4-6).

Dacoda Speidel led the Islanders with 17 points while Olivia Travis had seven points and 15 rebounds including seven off the offensive glass. Ayanna Gardner finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Holy Angels 64, Waseca 47


MINNEAPOLIS-Defending Class 3A state champion and second-seeded Academy of Holy Angels Stars (26-3) advanced to the state semifinals with a 64-47 win over Waseca (23-7) at Mariucci Arena Wednesday.

Megan Thompson led the Stars with 16 points, 10 assists and four steals while Destinee Oberg hauled in 14 rebounds in a well-rounded performance with six assists, four steals and seven points.

Madison Gehloff led Waseca with 17 points and eight rebounds while Emily Karsten added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.


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