MCC 21-17 = 38 RRC 42-31 = 73 Less than a week after needing a buzzer-beating three-pointer to defeat Murray County Central, the Red Rock Central girls basketball team wasn't about to wait until the very end to beat MCC in the Section 3A playoffs Saturday.
The Falcons hit seven first-half three-pointers to take a 21-point halftime lead. The Falcons then crashed the offensive glass in the second half, allowing RRC to roll to a 73-38 victory over the Rebels at Worthington.
The Falcons started the game the same way they finished Monday's regular-season finale. Erika Rogotzke hit a three-pointer to start the game for the Falcons. The long-range bombs continued for the Falcons, who hit seven treys in the first half: three each from Taylor Price and Brooke Rasmussen and one by Rogotzke.
When they weren't bombing away from the outside, the Falcons were able to pound the ball inside. Sophomore Olivia Bittner scored 15 first-half points, with five baskets in the lane.
In the second half, the Falcons continued to pound the ball inside. Senior Melanie Kedl crashed the offensive glass, scoring all 17 of her points in the second half. She added 16 rebounds, including 12 offensive rebounds.
Meanwhile, the RRC defense held MCC to just 23 percent shooting from the field.
Kedl led RRC with 17 points. Bittner scored 15. Price added 12 and Rasmussen finished with 11 in the win.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. RRC: vs. Wabasso (at Windom), March 4
St. James 15-24 = 39 Windom 32-24 = 56 The Windom Eagle girls basketball team got off to a blazing start Friday, building a 17-point halftime lead before claiming 56-39 victory in the Section 3AA playoffs at Windom.
The Eagles started the game red hot from the field, shooting 54 percent in the first half, compared to 22 percent for the Saints in the first half. The Eagles also went 12-of-13 from the free throw line in the game.
Windom broke the game open in the early stages of the first half, using a 12-0 run to build a 24-6 lead. St. James was never able to close to within 10 points after that fast start by the Eagles.
Kelsey Hanefeld had the hot hand for Windom, finishing with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the line. Rachel Sorensen added 10 points in the win.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: vs. MCW (at St. James), March 4