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Winona Beats Holy Angels to Advance to 3A Championship

March 16, 2017 07:28 PM

Winona jumped to an 8-2 lead in the first six minutes of play and never looked back to defeat Holy Angels, 58-43, in a MSHSL Girls’ Basketball Class AAA semifinal game at Williams Arena Thursday. 

The third seeded Winhawks, who lost to the Stars in last year’s Class AAA title game, improved to 26-4 overall and will face Orono, also 26-4, for the AAA championship Saturday at Williams Arena. 

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Game time is 6:00 p.m.

Justine Schultz led the Winhawks’ offense with 14 points. Eden Nibbelink, a 6-2 senior guard, added 12 points and recorded five blocks. Danneka Voegeli had 11 rebounds and Abby Winter had 10.

Destinee Oberg, a sophomore guard, led Holy Angels with a game high 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Thanks to a taut defense that held Holy Angels to just five baskets and a 22-16 edge in rebounds, the Winhawks went to the locker room at halftime with a 24-15 lead. 

Winona picked up where it had left off at the start of the second half. A 7-2 run in the first three minutes pushed the lead to 12 at 29-17. The Stars, seeded second in the tournament, could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way. 

Holy Angels (25-4) will face Alexandria (26-5) for third place on Saturday at Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University in St. Paul. 

(Courtesy: MSHSL Staff)

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