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Minnehaha Academy beats Caledonia to claim Class 2A state title

March 16, 2019 05:50 PM

Minnehaha Academy, the No. 3 seed in the Class AA field to open the 2019 state tournament, captured its first championship since 2010 and second overall, with a 72-63 victory over No. 4 Caledonia in the title game on Saturday, March 16 at Williams Arena. 

The Redhawks (25-6) used a 26-17 surge in the final nine minutes to pull away from the Warriors (26-5) and break open what was a physical and intense game throughout.

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Junior guard Tanna Gallo gave the Redhawks the lead for good when she hit a three-pointer from the right corner with just more than five minutes remaining in regulation time. That gave Minnehaha Academy a 56-55 lead, an advantage that would grow to six points over the next three minutes. Senior guard Taytum Rhoades scored 29 points for the Redhawks, including six in the final minutes when Caledonia was trying to mount a comeback.

Junior guard Mia Curtis finished with 18 points, including 15 in the first half. Junior guard Kate Pryor added 10 points, including a three-pointer and two free throws down the stretch as Minnehaha Academy extended its lead. 

Caledonia, the Class AA champion in 2009 and a runner-up in 1998, led by as many as six points midway through the second half. Senior guard Katie Tornstrom completed a tournament of dominance with 19 points and 16 rebounds. She also had two assists and three steals. Senior guard Ashley Schroeder had 21 points and was 11 of 11 from the free throw line. Senior guard Kaitlin Conniff was also perfect from the free throw line (10 of 10) and finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. 

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