Hayfield basketball girls are primed for the finals. On Tuesday, February 28, the Lady Vikings topped Fillmore Central, 54-46, in the Section 1A quarterfinals. Saturday, March 4, saw the Hayfield girls eliminate Lanesboro, 63-35, in semifinal action at the Rochester Mayo Civic Auditorium. It was Hayfield’s 12th straight win and it lifted them to 28-3 and into Friday’s 6 p.m. section final. There, the Vikes face the winner between No. 2 seed Grand Meadow and No. 3 Randolph at Mayo Civic Arena.
Fillmore Central Game Hayfield Scoring: Kristen Watson, 20 points, (2) 3-pointers; Chelsea Christopherson, 5 points; Jojo Tempel, 4 points, (1) 3-pointer; Emily Hansen, 7 points, (1) 3-pointer; Natalie Beaver, 18 points, (2) 3-pointers; FC Scoring: Madison Simon, 11 points; Abby Bothum, 15 points; Kammry Broadwater, 4 points; Alyssa Britton, 12 points; Regan Hanson, 4 points. (Halftime: HAY 27, FC 25; Free throws: FC 4-8, HAY 14-29; Three-pointers: FC 0, HAY 6)
Lanesboro Game: No. 4-ranked Hayfield led Lanesboro by just two points at half-time. But it got things together after that and beat the Burros by 28 points. The Vikings girls were struggling against a Lanesboro outfit that was seeded three spots below it and was without their injured star. Besides Beaver’s 13 points, Hayfield got 17 points from standout junior guard Kristen Watson and 10 from guard Chelsea Christopherson.
Hayfield Scoring: Kristen Watson, 17 points, (1) 3-pointer; Chelsea Christopherson, 10 points; Molly Hansen, 2 points; Jojo Tempel, 8 points, (2) 3-pointers; Lilly Beyer, 4 points; Natalie Beaver, 13 points, (1) 3-pointer; Maggie Hanson, 2 points; Jenna Christopherson, 7 points, (1) 3-pointer,
Lanesboro Scoring: Skyler Check, 7 points; Jessie Schreiber, 15 points; Jensyn Storhoff, 11 points; Bailey Erwin, 2 points. (Halftime: HAY 23, LANE 21; Free throws: LANE 6-8, HAY 5-7; Three-point goals: LANE 3, HAY 5)
Lady Bears ousted
in section semifinals
It’s all over for the Byron girls basketball team. Holders of a respectable 15-13 overall record, the Lady Bears were eliminated from post-season play on Saturday, March 4. They fell to a powerful Stewartville team, 77-52, in Section 1AAA semifinal action at SHS. Earlier on Wednesday, the Byron girls toppled Winona, 73-62, in the quarterfinals at Byron High School.
Winona Game: No. 4 seed Byron rode a 27-point night, with (5) 3-pointers by star sophomore guard Kendra Harvey, over No. 5 seed Winona. The Bears were tied with Winona at 36-all at intermission. Aubrey Akervik and Emma Stork each chipped in 11 points for Byron. Winona, which finished its season 13-14, entered the game having won six straight. MacKenzi Simmons had a huge game for the Winhawks, with 27 points and eight 3-pointers. Alivia Bell added 12 points.
Byron Scoring: Aubrey Akervik, 11 points; Finnley Klunder, 4 points; Paige Halder, 4 points; Lexi Nelson, 6 points; Makana Schroeder, 6 points; Gabby Cornejo, 2 points; Kayla Stork, 2 points; Emma Stork, 11 points, (1) 3-pointers; Kendra Harvey, 27 points, (5) 3-pointers. (Halftime: WIN 36, BYR 36; Free throws: WIN 9-17, BYR 21-30; Three-point goals: WIN 11, BYR 6)
Stewie Game: The Stewartville girls basketball team is just one more step from making it happen. No. 4-ranked Tigers had their way with Byron in the Section 1AAA girls basketball semifinals. It was the Tigers’ 23rd straight win. Stewartville jumped on Byron early, assuming a 44-21 half-time lead. It was an offensive avalanche for the No. 1 seed, as it poured in (11) 3-pointers. Stewartville improve to 26-2, and Byron finished 15-13.
Byron Scoring: Aubrey Akervik, 4 points; Finnley Klunder, 2 points; Marissa Ellavsky, 2 points; Paige Halder, 7 points; Lexi Nelson, 2 points; Makana Schroeder, 2 points; Jaiden Simon, 2 points; Gabby Cornejo, 4 points; Kayla Stork, 2 points; Addison Johnson, 2 points; Emma Stork, 10 points, 1 rebound; Kendra Harvey, 13 points, 1 rebound. (Halftime: STEW 44, BYR 21; Free throws: BYR 14-22, STEW 12-18; Three-point goals: BYR 0, STEW 11)
K-M Ladies’ season ends in quarterfinals
AUSTIN —The Kasson-Mantorville girls basketball team is out of the playoffs and done with their season. Wednesday, March 1, the Lady KoMets were ousted by a formidable Austin bunch, 77-59, in the Section 1AAA quarterfinals.
Kasson-Mantorville was reasonably in the game early, trailing 41-30 at half-time. The KoMets, who ended 13-14 overall, got 21 points from Keigan Cummings, and 15 points from Makenzie Carrier. K-M played all but the first two games this season without Division I-bound guard Aby Shubert, after she tore her ACL on December 1.
KM Scoring: Makenzie Carrier, 15 points, (3) 3-pointers; Kaylee Narveson, 12 points; Keigan Cummings, 21 points, (2) 3-pointers; Delaney Awe, 2 points; Ella Babcock, 3 points; Ella Stoskopf, 6 points.
Austin Scoring: Ajiem Agwa, 25 points; Olivia Walsh, 22 points; Quinn Osgood, 21 points; Cassidv Shute, 9 points. (Halftime: AUS 41, KM 30; Free throws: KM 7-13, AUS 10-15; Three-pointers: KM 5, AUS 13)
Photo: Photo by Mary Nelson Hayfield’s Kristen Watson in the section semi-final game against Lanesboro.