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DeLaSalle girls hoops advances to AAA semifinals

March 13, 2019 11:33 PM

Top seed DeLaSalle heads to the Class AAA state semifinals, defeating Hibbing 61-53 on Wednesday morning at Maturi Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Click the video box on this page to see KSTP Sports' extended highlights of this Class 3A Girls State Basketball Quarterfinal between DeLaSalle and Hibbing

The Islanders quest for a fourth state championship continues in their 10th overall state tournament appearance and third consecutive state bid. They’ll face the #5 Fergus Falls or #4 Holy Angels winner on Thursday, March 14 at noon at Williams Arena.

Hibbing, a co-op with Victory Christian Academy, continues its first state run as the current co-op in the consolation semifinal round against the loser from that quarterfinal matchup on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul. Hibbing made four previous state appearances prior to the co-op.

Hibbing led 30-28 at the half in a game that featured seven ties and seven lead changes with the Bluejackets holding a large lead of five (28-23) with under two minutes to play in the half.

DeLaSalle used a 9-0 run at the end of the first and start of the second half to claim a 35-30 lead with 13:32 to play and held the lead for the duration.

The Bluejackets held DeLaSalle junior leading scorer Nurjei Wieems to five points on four shots in 18 minutes but the Islanders received 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (5-6 3FG) from freshman Sydney Runsewe who had scored 50 points on the year in 12 games entering play.

The Islanders also received a boost off the bench from sophomore Nora Francois, scoring 15 points in 27 minutes. She led a bench effort that outscored Hibbing 19-6 in the contest. 

DeLaSalle shot 45.5 percent as a team and hit 50 percent (7-14) from the arc. Defensively, they clamped down on Hibbing, holding them to 31.0 percent (18-58) shooting while suppressing their three-point game to just 10 percent (2-20).

The Bluejackets were led by senior Abbey McDonald’s 16 points, although DeLaSalle made her work for the points on 6-of-24 shooting. Senior posts Lizzy Tuomi added nine points and 10 rebounds and Eve Turner had 11 points and eight rebounds.

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Courtesy: Minnesota State High School League

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