Red Lake Warriors return to State Tournament with 65-44 Section 8A Championship over Northern Freeze - Set 2 - P5
Third straight trip to the Barn; Will play Browerville/Eagle Valley on Thursday
From KKCQ Sports
Red Lake Warriors return to State Tournament with 65-44 Section 8A Championship over Northern Freeze
Make it three straight trips to the State Tournament for the Red Lake Warriors as they rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Northern Freeze Friday night for the Section 8A Championship.
The Freeze jumped out to a 9-3 lead but Will Morrison knocked down back to back three pointers for the Warriors to tie the game at 9-9. The Freeze would come back and take a seven point lead at 25-18, but the Warriors would close out the half by scoring the final 4 points to trail 25-22 at the intermission.
Red Lake would take their first lead of the game at 26-25 on a Rob McClain slam dunk and would go on to take a 39-29 lead after a 21-4 run.
The Freeze cut the deficit to five at 46-41, but the Warriors put the game out of reach by going on a 17-0 run to end the game.
Rob McClain led Red Lake with 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Warriors won their 14th straight game and improved their overall record to 26-4.
Jonah Underdahl came off the bench to lead the Northern Freeze with 18 points as the Freeze end their season at 23-7.
Red Lake shot 14 of 24 at the free throw line while the Freeze shot one for three at the stripe, including no free throw attempts in the second half.
It was the ninth straight year that a team from the East Sub-Section won the Section championship. The Warriors did an outstanding job in defending Cole Dahl of the Freeze as he was held to only 8 points.
The Warriors will play on Thursday, March 10th in the opening round of the State Tournament at Williams Arena against Browerville/Eagle Valley. The seedings and pairings for the State Tournament were announced on Sunday, March 6th.
KKCQ (96.7 FM) will have coverage of the Red Lake Warriors at the State Tournament.
RED LAKE: (26-4)
14 of 24 at the frree throw line
Rob McClain 23 points/14 rebounds/5 blocked shots
Kendall Whitefeather 11 points/6 rebounds
Jeremy Martin 9 points/6 rebounds
Will Morrison 9 points (3 three pointers)
Jamie Cook 7 points
Robert Beaulieu 3 points/3 rebounds
NORTHERN FREEZE: (23-7)
1 of 3 at the free throw line
Jonah Underdahl 18 points (4 three pointers)
Connor Sorenson 10 points/6 rebounds
Cole Dahl 8 points/9 rebounds
Zak Anderson 3 points (three point shot)
Will Johnson 3 points (three point shot)
Caleb Knutson 2 points
Comments from RL coach Roger White: http://www.krjbradio.com/audio/sports/20792/RogerWhite%205511I.mp3
Minnesota Class A State Tournament Brackets: http://net.minnesotasportsonline.com/brackets/bracket.php?bid=15648&yid=1516
Some photographs by Elise White