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We are the champions

03/16/2012, 8:26pm CDT
By Tim Kolehmainen, Breakdown Sports USA

Day four: Champions crowned in all four girls' basketball classes

Schedule for Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012

Class Time Teams Location
A 10am Ada-Borup 70, Spring Grove 59 Concordia U.
A 12pm Maranatha Christian 49, Mt. Iron-Buhl 37 Target Center
AA 12pm NRHEG 73, Pequot Lakes 59 Concordia U.
AA 2pm Providence Academy 45, Sauk Centre 41 Target Center
AAA 2pm No. 2 Fergus Falls 65, Hutchinson 54 Concordia U.
AAA 6pm No. 3 DeLaSalle 65, No. 1 Richfield 45 Target Center
AAAA 4pm No. 2 Edina 52, No. 4 Eastview 43 Concordia U.
AAAA 8pm No. 1 Hopkins 77, Osseo 55 Target Center

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As the games are completed, look for more coverage and a recap of each below. We've also linked to the Star Tribune/Hub game stories for each game, as well as FoxPreps video coverage and stories by friend-of-the-Breakdown Tim Leighton at the Pioneer Press.

Class AAAA results


Nia Coffey

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 1 Hopkins 77, Osseo 55

Capping a day of continuity, top-seeded and top-ranked Hopkins won its second straight Class AAAA title with a 77-55 victory over unseeded Osseo. The Royals were one of three champions to repeat from last year, including DeLaSalle in Class AAA and Maranatha Christian in Class A. Nia Coffey had a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Sydney Coffey scored 15 points for the Royals (30-1), who also had 10 points from T.T. Starks and nine each from Gracia Hutson, Taylor Anderson and Erin O'Toole. The state title is Hopkins' fourth since 2004 and the fourth for coach Brian Cosgriff. Olivia Antilla was the lone double-figure scorer for the Orioles (26-6) with 15 points.

For Star Tribune/Hub recaps, please visit their game coverage.

THIRD-PLACE GAME
No. 2 Edina 52, No. 4 Eastview 43

Katybeth Biewen poured in 21 points as second-seeded Edina closed out fourth-seeded Eastview, 52-43 in the Class AAAA third-place game at Concordia University in St. Paul. The Hornets outscored Eastview 14-6 over the final 12 minutes. Lindsey Johnson chipped in with 14 points for the Hornets (27-5), who shot 60.6 percent (20-of-33) from the field. Eastview (25-7) meanwhile, shot just 35.3 percent (12-of-34). Madison Guebert had 13 points and Amber Mehr had 10 for the Lightning.

Class AAA results


Allina Starr

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
No. 3 DeLaSalle 65, No. 1 Richfield 45

Richfield may have been the top seed, but DeLaSalle was the defending state champion. Experience won out in the Class AAA championship game at Target Center, as the Islanders claimed a 65-45 victory over the first-time state entrants from Richfield. Allina Starr sparked DeLaSalle (29-3) with 24 points, while Tyseanna Johnson added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mia Loyd had nine points and 16 rebounds. Bryann Guyton had 15 points and eight boards and Jessica January added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (27-6).

For Star Tribune/Hub recaps, please visit their game coverage.

THIRD-PLACE GAME
No. 2 Fergus Falls 65, Hutchinson 54

Hanna Swenson came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points to lead second-seeded Fergus Falls to a 65-54 victory over Hutchinson in the Class AAA third-place game at Concordia University in St. Paul. Swenson was hot, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She also added a game-high 10 rebounds for the double-double. Mariah Monke (13 points), Anna Monke (12) and Sydney Schultz (12) also scored in double-figures for the Otters (30-2). Kaylee Kucera paced Hutchinson (26-5) with 19 points and Nichole Wittman added 12.

Class AA results


Carlie Wagner

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Providence Academy 45, Sauk Centre 41

Providence Academy used a 9-0 run late to win the Class AA state championship over Sauk Centre, 45-41 at Target Center. Trailing 36-31 with 4:25 to play, the Lions' AnnMarie Healy hit a jumper to kick off the run -- and later ended it with another jump shot with 2:17 remaining that gave Providence Academy (27-4) a 40-36 lead. Healy had seven points during the rally and a game-high 18 to go with nine rebounds and four assists. Katie Nordick chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds. Macy Weller led the Mainstreeters (27-5) with 14 points. Kali Peschel (12 points) and Jena Klaphake (10) also scored in double figures for Sauk Centre.

For Star Tribune/Hub recaps, please visit their game coverage.

THIRD-PLACE GAME
NRHEG 73, Pequot Lakes 59

The Carlie Wagner show continued in the Class AA third-place game at Concordia University, as the NRHEG sophomore posted a tournament-record 48 points in a 73-59 victory over Pequot Lakes. Wagner's point total was one more than the previous record held by Tayler Hill (Mpls South) and Brittany Chambers (Jordan) and brought her three-game total to a record 112 points (breaking another Hill record). Wagner was 20-of-34 from the field (almost half her team's 70 shots) and added seven rebounds and seven steals. Mattie Lueck had her own big game for Pequot Lakes (20-13), scoring 32 points and adding 11 rebounds.

Class A results


Alexis Long

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Maranatha Christian 49, Mt. Iron-Buhl 37

It was business as usual for Maranatha Christian. The Mustangs claimed their second straight Class A state title with a 49-37 victory over Mt. Iron-Buhl in a classic metro-outstate, public-private school battle at Target Center. Alexis Long paced the Mustangs (28-5) with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting while Onye Osemenam chipped in with 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. The Rangers (31-2) struggled from the field the entire game, hitting just 25.0 percent (15-of-60), although they did hold a 54-34 rebounding advantage, including 21 offensive boards. Dakotah Winans led the way with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Allie Knutie had six points and 15 rebounds.

For Star Tribune/Hub recaps, please visit their game coverage.

THIRD-PLACE GAME
Ada-Borup 70, Spring Grove 59

In a game of wild point swings, Ada-Borup held on for a 70-59 victory over Spring Grove in the Class A third-place game at Concordia University in St. Paul. The Cougars (28-3) came out firing and opened up a big lead in the first half against a slow-starting Spring Grove (28-5). Ada-Borup still led 45-33 with 10:14 to play, but the Taylor Elton spurred a 14-3 run with eight points to bring the Lions within one with 5:41 to play. The Cougars' Chelsea Nelson and Megan Kolness then scored the next 10 points to put the game out of reach again. Taylor Kujava led Ada-Borup with 25 points (4-for-5 on treys) and Kolness netted 19 (4-for-7 on treys). As a team, the Cougars shot 11-of-15 from three-point range. Richelle Mehus (23 points) and Elton (17) were the top scorers for Spring Grove.

Day one: state coverage

Click for our Wednesday coverage of the girls' state basketball tournament.

Day two: state coverage

Click for our Thursday coverage of the girls' state basketball tournament.

Day three: state coverage

Click for our Friday coverage of the girls' state basketball tournament.

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Stars of the day

1. Carlie Wagner, NRHEG
The only star of the day not to play in a title game, Wagner was a record-setting force for NRHEG, which claimed third place in Class AA with a 73-59 victory over Pequot Lakes. The sophomore guard poured in a state tournament record 48 points (breaking the mark previously held by Mpls South's Tayler Hill and Jordan's Brittany Chambers), which brought her three-game total to 112 points (also breaking Hill's record).

2. AnnMarie Healy, Providence Academy
Healy scored seven points during a 9-0 Lions' burst that earned them the Class AA state title, 46-40 over Sauk Centre. Healy came up big all game long, scoring 18 points and adding nine rebounds and four assists.

3. Allina Starr, DeLaSalle
The Islanders' aggressive guard scored a game-high 24 points as DeLaSalle repeated as Class AAA champions with a 65-45 victory over top-seeded Richfield. Just a junior, Starr has already won three state titles (2009 with Mpls North and 2011 and 2012 with DeLaSalle).

Honorable mention: Nia Coffey, Hopkins
Hopkins was so dominant in its 77-55 victory over Osseo to repeat as Class AAAA champions that it is difficult to single out just one player. But forced to do so, Coffey was the one with a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds).

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