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Top-Seeded Orono Beats Alexandria in Class 3A Semifinals

March 16, 2017 02:45 PM

Top-seeded Orono used definitive mini-runs in the second half to pull away from Alexandria for a 50-34 victory in the Class AAA semifinals Thursday afternoon at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. 

The victory sends the Spartans (26-4) into a state championship game for the first time in three state tournament trips. Senior guard Tori Andrew powered the Spartans with 18 points and senior guard Natalie Smaron added 14. 

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Orono broke from a 24-20 halftime lead with a 6-0 run to open the second half. More would follow when the lead swelled to as many as 21 points. 

Alexandria, which made just 3 of 19 shots in the second half, was paced by senior guard Kara Thomson and senior center Kayla Feldhake, both of whom had nine points. 

Orono held a 24-20 advantage at the half behind 14 points from Andrew and 10 from Smaron. After a slow offensive start for each team, shots began falling in the final half of the first half. 

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Orono was 9 of 23 in the first half from the field, including 3 of 6 from three-point range. Andrew made and attempted all of the Spartans’ three-pointers in the first half. Smaron had seven rebounds to go with her 10 points in the first half.

Alexandria, which will play in the Class AAA third-place game on Saturday at Concordia (St. Paul), was 8 of 20 from the field in the first half, including 4 of 10 from three-point range. Senior guard Kara Thomson paced the Cardinals (26-5) with nine points in the first half. She was 3 of 3 from three-point range for all of her scoring. 

Courtesy: MSHSL Staff

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