Eastview, Park to have rematch in girls hoops
The Section 3-4A girls basketball championship game will be a rematch of last year’s final after Eastview and Park of Cottage Grove won semifinal games Saturday.
The Lightning and Wolfpack play for the section title at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hutton Arena at Hamline University.
No. 1-seeded Eastview (26-2) defeated Eagan 58-47 in the semifinal round Saturday at Hutton Arena behind 22 points from sophomore guard Madison Guebert. She had just four field goals – one of them a three-pointer – but was 11-for-14 from the free-throw line.
Senior forward Tyra Johnson had 10 points for Eastview, and Ericka Schlosser and Hana Metoxen scored nine each. All of Schlosser’s points came on three-point field goals.
Eagan (14-14) was led by senior guard Sammie Delzotto, who scored 16 points. Dani Bischoff added eight points.
No. 2 seed Park (23-5) extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 57-47 victory over Apple Valley in the other section semifinal.
The Eagles (16-12) led by seven points at halftime but were outscored 39-22 in the second half. Senior guard Jaryn Pipkins and eighth-grade guard Lyndsey Robson scored 14 points each for the Eagles. Senior guard Laurel Kabat added eight points.
Last season Eastview defeated Park 52-47 in the Section 3-4A championship game, then went on to finish fourth in the state tournament. The teams also met in a regular-season game Dec. 7, with Eastview winning 58-43.
Eastview scored 53 points in the first half and went on to an 83-26 victory over Henry Sibley in the Section 3-4A quarterfinals Feb. 27. Twelve players scored for the Lightning, led by Guebert with 18, Johnson with 17 and Hannah Ruszczyk with 13.
Fourth-seeded Eagan drubbed East Ridge 53-33 as senior guard Bryn Parsons scored 23 points. Wickard added 12 points.
Pipkins and Robson had 14 points each in Apple Valley’s 54-36 quarterfinal victory over Burnsville. Melissa Swanson scored nine.
Burnsville (5-21) led 21-18 at halftime but was outscored 36-15 in the second half. Maddie Kempf had 11 points and Sam Connolly scored 10 for Burnsville.
Rosemount finished 6-21 after losing to Park 70-43 in the quarterfinals. Junior guard Hannah Grim had 22 points for the Irish.