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Goodhue holds off Menahga to reach Class 1A championship game

March 15, 2019 04:29 PM

Goodhue worked its way into the Class A championship for the third time in the past four seasons following a 47-43 victory over Menahga in the semifinals on Friday, March 15 at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

The No. 2-seeded Wildcats used a 19-6 run over the final six minutes to erase what had been a nine-point deficit. 

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Freshman guard Joslyn Carlson gave the Wildcats (26-6) the lead for good when she converted a powerful drive with 21.9 seconds remaining. That gave the Wildcats a 45-43 advantage and a lead the wouldn’t relinquish. Sophomore guard Arianna Thomforde sealed the victory by converting two free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining to set the score. Carlson finished with 17 points and senior center Lexie Lodermeier had 16 points and seven rebounds. Thomforde had 10 points. 

Goodhue is making its four appearance in a Class A state championship game since 2010. In that season, the Wildcats were the Class A runner-up. In the 2016 and 2017 tournaments, Goodhue claimed Class A championships. 

Menahga (30-2), in the state tournament for the second consecutive season and second time overall, was unable to add to a three-point lead in the final minute of regulation time. Junior guard Tara Hendrickson and senior guard Cierra Ahlf paced the Braves with 12 points each. Hendrickson also had 11 rebounds and four assists. 

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