Lightning lose to Bloomington Kennedy in state semifinals
The hot hand of the Eastview girls basketball team went cold in the Class 4A state semifinal game against Bloomington Kennedy on Thursday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The Lightning players struggled shooting the ball making 23 percent of its field goals and were out-rebounded by Bloomington Kennedy 40-29.
The most important statistic wasn’t in their favor either losing 43-39.
“We just didn’t make the shots,” sophomore guard Madison Guebert said. “We were taking a lot of good shots. They just weren’t going in.”
Few teams can win scoring 14 points after 18 minutes of play, but Eastview actually had the lead through most of the first half.
Eastview held Kennedy to seven points in the opening 14 minutes, but the Eagles went on a 9-0 run to close the half to lead 16-14 a at halftime. Eastview didn’t score in the final five minutes of the first half.
The game was tied 30-30 with 8:30 remaining, but Eastview went through another scoring drought in the final eight minutes. Bloomington Kennedy put the game away with an 11-4 run thanks to making nearly 43 percent of its shots in the second half.
The Lightning cut it to 41-37 with a Hannah Ruszczyk three-point shot, but there was only 25 seconds remaining.
Guebert lead the Lightning with 19 points and Tyra Johnson added 12.
Eastview moves to the third-place game for the second-straight season. The girls will take on Osseo at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul.