March 15, 2019 02:43 PM
Minneota 55, Heritage Christian Academy 50: Top-seeded Minneota forged its way into the Class A championship game for the third time since 2013 following a 54-50 victory over No. 4 Heritage Christian Academy in the semifinals of the girls basketball state tournament on Friday, March 15 at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Sophomore guard Abby Hennen spurred the Vikings (29-1) into the championship game with 20 points, including six free throws in the final minutes that allowed Minneota some breathing room in a tense back-and-forth battle. Senior forward Lizzy Gillingham stretched the Vikings’ lead to six, 54-48, on a jumper with 48 seconds remaining. She finished with nine points.
Senior center Lydia Sussner added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Minneota, the 2013 Class A champion and the runner-up in 2014.
Sophomore guard Taylor Schuck scored 12 points to help spur Heritage Christian Academy to a 30-29 lead at the break. Junior guard Kirstin Robbins chipped in nine points for the Eagles, who led by as many as six points in the first half. Robbins finished with a team-best 16 points and Schuck contributed 15. Minneota seized control early and built an eight-point advantage in the opening minutes. Sophomore guard Abby Hennen and senior center Lydia Sussner paced a balanced Vikings’ attack with seven points each. They each had five rebounds. Junior Morgan Hennen contributed six points in the first half.
Heritage Christian Academy, making its second state tournament appearance, moves to the third-place game on Saturday, March 16 at Concordia (St. Paul).
Created: March 15, 2019 02:43 PM
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