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.
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
Created: March 16, 2017 02:45 PM
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