North, Eastview, get past first-round state opponents

Class 4A girls basketball semifinals Thursday at U of M

The top four seeds in the state Class 4A girls basketball tournament won their quarterfinal games Tuesday, although in Eastview’s case it took longer than the Lightning wanted.

The fourth-seeded Lightning defeated No. 5 seed Park Center 75-65 in overtime to advance to the semifinals in its sixth consecutive state appearance. Sophomore guard Macy Guebert scored Eastview’s first seven points in overtime.

Eastview trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and didn’t have the lead until Megan Walstad made two free throws with 11 minutes, 9 seconds remaining. A three-pointer by Park Center guard Ann Simonet tied the game 58-58 with 56 seconds remaining.

Walstad had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Lightning (24-6). Senior guard Rachel Ranke scored 21 points, with Guebert adding 12.

Eastview will play No. 1-seeded Hopkins, a 76-57 winner over Minnetonka in its quarterfinal, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Williams Arena. The teams met in last year’s semifinals, with Hopkins winning 85-67.

The Royals are 30-0 this season, including a 65-60 overtime victory over Eastview in the second round of the St. Olaf Holiday Classic. That’s the only game this season Hopkins won by fewer than 13 points.

Third-seeded Lakeville North will play Elk River in the other Class 4A semifinal at 8 p.m. Thursday at Williams Arena. The Panthers’ defense dominated against Andover in their Tuesday afternoon quarterfinal as North won 49-32. It was the 22nd consecutive victory for Lakeville North (28-2).

Andover scored the game’s first basket but never led after the first two minutes. The Huskies shot just 28 percent.

Senior guard Temi Carda had 19 points for North, making eight of 11 field-goal attempts, including three of four three points. Senior guard Caitlyn Peterson had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Elk River improved to 30-0 with a 52-44 victory over White Bear Lake. The Elks did not play Lakeville North during the regular season.

The semifinal winners will play for the championship at 8 p.m. Saturday at Williams Arena. Semifinals losers play for third place at 5 p.m. Saturday at Concordia University in St. Paul.