Concordia loses in semifinals

By virtue of its higher seed, the Concordia Academy girls basketball team hosted Minnehaha Academy in a Section 4AA semifinal game on March 11. Unfortunately for the Beacons, home-court advantage wasn’t enough.

Minnehaha Academy overcame a six-point halftime deficit and beat Concordia 67-66. The victory sent the Redhawks to the section final and ended the Beacons’ season.

Second-seeded Concordia Academy built a 35-29 lead against a team it beat by nine points in the regular season. A repeat of that result wasn’t meant to be, however, as third-seeded Minnehaha rallied in the second half.

Minnehaha had four players score in double figures. Sarah Kaminski led all scorers with 23 points.

Concordia Academy also had four players reach double digits and was led by Michala Walther’s 17 points. Jacquelyn Waedekin added 14 and Anika Neuman and Ella Beardsley each scored 10.

Concordia reached the semifinals via a 59-16 win over St. Paul Academy in the quarterfinals. The loss to Minnehaha left the Beacons with a final record of 22-6.

After beating Concordia, Minnehaha Academy went on to upset top-seeded St. Croix Lutheran 43-30 in the Section 4AA championship game on Friday. The Redhawks (20-6) advance to the Class AA state tournament and open play on Wednesday at Mariucci Arena.

Section 4AAAA

Like Concordia Academy, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team had its season ended by the eventual section champion. The Raiders’ season came to an end on March 8 at the hands of St. Paul Central in the Section 4AAAA semifinals.

Third-seeded Central, which beat second-seeded Roseville 68-50, went on to upset top-seeded White Bear Lake 53-47 in the section final on Thursday.

The victory over White Bear sends Central (24-5) to the Class AAAA state tournament, which starts Tuesday at Target Center.

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