Red Lake, Goodhue, Central Minnesota Christian, Minneapolis North advance in Class 1A
Steal. Three-pointer. Block. Layup. Turnover. Layup. Another steal. Another layup.
Hustling Browerville/Eagle Valley cut a 15-point Red Lake lead in the second half to only four. The scenario felt familiar for Warriors' players who lost their past two Class 1A tournament quarterfinal games.
Not this time. No. 5 seed Red Lake held off No. 4 seed Browerville/Eagle Valley for a 66-52 victory Thursday at Williams Arena.
"We're feeling very excited to move on to the Target Center," said sophomore guard Kendall Whitefeather, who led all scorers with 18 points.
Whitefeather hit three of his team's six three-pointers in the first half as Red Lake (27-4) built a 37-26 lead. Browerville/Eagle Valley junior guard Bryce Irsfeld, who led the Eagles (26-3) with 14 points, said his team focused on chipping away in four-minute segments.
When the Eagles got to within 45-41, Irsfeld said he "was feeling pretty confident. But they got the best of us."
Thrilled Red Lake players began celebrating several seconds before the final horn.
"They did a nice job coming back, but we fought through it and moved on," Whitefeather said.