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Minnehaha Academy beats Albany in Class 2A semifinals of the Girls' State Basketball Tournament

March 15, 2019 11:34 PM

No. 3-seed Minnehaha Academy made its way into the Class AA championship game for the third time since 2010 following a 70-67 victory over unseeded Albany in the semifinals of the girls basketball state tournament on Friday, March 15 at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.

Senior guard Taytum Rhodes scored 27 points, including a handful of free throws down the stretch to send the Redhawks (24-6) into Saturday’s championship game against Caledonia. 

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Minnehaha Academy, a Minneapolis-based private school, was the Class AA champion in 2010 and the runner-up in 2011. 
Junior guard Mia Curtis scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and junior guard Kate Pryor added 12 points. 

Sophomore guard Paige Meyer scored 29 points for Albany (19-11), including a three-pointer with just more than eight seconds remaining in regulation that drew the Huskies to within 70-67. A few harried moments later, she got off another three-point attempt from the right corner, but it clanged off the front rim as time expired. She also had 13 rebounds and eight rebounds. Senior guard Amanda Kollodge contributed 13 points. 

Albany used balanced scoring in the first half to build a 36-32 lead at the break. Senior center Breanna Mellesmoen had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for the Huskies. Senior guard Amanda Kollodge added 10 points as Albany made 14 of 26 shots in the first 18 minutes of play. The Huskies led by as many as eight points midway through the first half. 

Senior guard Taytum Rhoades had 12 points and three assists for the Redhawks. 

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