Henning beats Spring Grove in Class 1A Semifinals

March 22, 2019 02:24 PM

Henning’s state tournament absence of more than 50 years ended this season and now the Hornets are one step away from making it even more memorable.



The No. 4-seeded Hornets shot their way into the Class A championship game following a 67-34 victory over unseeded Spring Grove in the semifinals of the boys basketball tournament on Friday, March 22 at Target Center. 

Senior guard Sam Fisher and junior guard Parker Fraki led Henning’s group of proficient shooters with 15 points each in sending the Hornets (30-1) into the Class A championship game on Saturday at Target Center. The Hornets were 26 of 46 for the game from the field (56.5 percent). In the first half when Henning built a 37-16 lead, it shot 59.1 percent. From three-point range, Henning was 8 of 17 (47.1 percent). Junior guard Isaac Fisher added 14 points and senior forward Adam Lange contributed 10. 

Henning, whose lone loss was a 77-74 setback to Parkers Prairie on Feb. 26 in the regular-season finale, made two previous trips to the state tournament, in 1965 and 1966, respectively. 

Spring Grove (24-5), which upset top-seeded Springfield in the quarterfinals, was paced by sophomore guard Caden Grinde’s 11 points. Senior forward Kai Bjerke chipped in nine. Spring Grove was the Class Nine-Man football champion last fall and was looking for a state title in basketball as well in the school’s first state tournament trip. 

At one point, Henning was shooting a sizzling 75 percent (12 of 16 from the field) in the first half while building a 37-16 lead at the break. The Hornets cooled slightly in the final minutes of the first half, but their shooting process was impressive, nonetheless. Senior guard Sam Fisher powered Henning in the first half with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field. The Hornets made their first five three-point attempts and finished 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Parker Fraki made three of those three-pointers on four attempts and finished with nine points in the first half. Junior guard Isaac Fisher added seven points. 

Spring Grove, which led by as many as six points in the early going, got nine points from sophomore guard Caden Grinde in the first half. 

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