Eastview girls basketball advances to state

The Eastview girls basketball team will be making its sixth trip to state and second-straight visit after winning the Section 3-4A title on Thursday night over Park of Cottage Grove.

The girls took an early lead and fought off any advances to win 61-45.

The Lightning had a height advantage against Park and ran with it. Forwards Hana Metoxen had 19 points and Tyra Johnson added 14. Madison Guebert also had 19 points.

The Lightning had a 16-point lead at halftime, but Park wouldn’t go away. With six minutes left, Park cut the lead to eight points.

Eastview never lost its cool, though, and eventually Park had to foul. In turn, Eastview made its freethrows and punched its second-straight ticket to the Target Center. The Class 4A state tournament is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.