HERMANTOWN — After coming away with victories in both regular season meetings, summit-seeded One thousand Rapids earned its third and most pivotal win over No. two seed Cloquet in the Section 7AAA championship game, Thursday, March 10, at Hermantown High Schoolhouse.
The 51-39 triumph for G Rapids advances the Thunderhawks to a second sequent state tournament and eighth since 2008.
The loss for Cloquet marks the terminate of its achievement-filled season, with the team finishing with an overall record of 20-8, subsequently totaling just nine wins in the previous two seasons combined.
“To exist in a department last this year but says (a lot) about these girls and who they are,” Cloquet coach Heather Young said. “Their delivery, their dedication, the hard work and the effort they put in, those are the things that make me well-nigh proud.”
The Lumberjacks were in lockstep with the red-hot Thunderhawks throughout the commencement half, but simply could non keep upwardly in the last 18 minutes of play.
“We played hard and we had opportunities, but (shots) just didn’t fall for united states this evening at moments, and that’s the way the game goes,” Immature said. “Give Rapids credit, they just kept coming back at usa.”
K Rapids leaned on its three double-figure scorers: Taryn Hamling (19), Jessika Lofstrom (17) and Braya LaPlant (10), whose contributions proved especially vital in the 2nd half equally the team slowly pulled abroad.
Autobus Kristine Hamling said the spark provided by the 3 is nothing new given their innate power to discover 1 another for open shots.
“It’s just the chemistry that the girls bring to the floor. It’s the magic that they bring, knowing where everybody’s going to be on the flooring, moving the brawl and merely reading off of each other, that’s really been the success this year that we’ve had for offense,” Hamling said.
Cloquet’southward Alexa Snesrud provided the counterpunch for the ‘Jacks with a team-high 11 points. The junior scored the starting time basket of the game before earning iii points the hard style a piddling after to give her team a fourteen-10 lead.
Afterward the quick first, the offense sputtered as turnovers created fastbreak layups for the Thunderhawks, who capitalized on the mistakes with an 11-0 run to take a 21-14 lead.
Cloquet managed to cutting the arrears to three down the stretch via contested shots made past Kiley Issendorf and Ava Carlson to make information technology a 24-21 game at the suspension.
The virtually crucial stretch came in the first few minutes of the second half when Grand Rapids stormed out of the gate with a 7-0 run to take its largest lead to that point at 32-21.
Maddie Young and Quinn Danielson stepped up with clutch shots to temporarily curb the momentum, but the deficit connected to abound shortly thereafter with shots not falling for the ‘Jacks like they had in the opening frame.
“We went for quite a few minutes with no baskets, and they were scoring … Those things kind of kill the momentum of a game, simply then they came dorsum,” Immature said. “They were working hard, and we had it within nine. At that indicate time’s running out and baskets just weren’t falling for us.”
Chiliad Rapids maintained a double digit lead all the way to the final buzzer in a 51-39 terminal.
Cloquet finished the game with an overall field goal percentage of 32% (sixteen-50), while M Rapids shot xl% (20-50) from the field.
Grand Rapids 24-27–51
Cloquet — Kiley Issendorf 9, Quinn Danielson 3, Alexa Snesrud eleven, Madelyn Young 4, Ava Carlson half dozen, Justice Paro iv, Caley Kruse ii. Totals 16 4-4 38.
3-signal goals — Quinn Danielson 1, Alexa Snesrud 2.
Grand Rapids — Katie Jomtggard 3, Kyra Giffin 2, Jessika Lofstrom 17, Taryn Hamling 19, Braya LaPlant 10. Totals 20 eight-11 51.
3-bespeak goals — Taryn Hamling 3.