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Lady Warriors advance to Section 8A Championship with commanding 83-49 win over Win-E-Mac - P18

One more game to return to State Tournament

Thief River Falls - The Red Lake Lady Warriors captured the Section 8A East Championship title for the second year in a row at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, defeating Win-E-Mac 83-49. They will play for the Section 8A Championship and a chance to return to the state tournament next week against #1 of the West Section 8A Champions Stephen-Argyle on Friday, March 9th at 7 PM at the REA. Red Lake won Section 8A last year over East Grand Forks Sacred Heart.

Red Lake scored first against Win-E-Mac, hitting them with their full-court press and attacking the basket. By the 13:03 mark they built up their lead to 9 points, 13-4, and led by 12 with 6:46 left in the first half.

They were pretty much always in control and although playing aggressive on defense, they stayed away from committing too many fouls. By the end of the first half, they led by 21 points, 44-23.

In the second half the Lady Warriors didn't let up and at one point led by 34 points at the 12:50 mark, and when the Patriots would seem like they were trying to make a come back, Red Lake answered basket per basket. The final score ended up at 83-49 and the reserves came in with 3 minutes left in the game.

Red Lake had four players in double figures. Angel McClain led with a solid 30 points on the night, Autumn Holthusen hit for 17, Alexis Desjarlait added 14, Gericka Kingbird had a dozen, Kelanna McClain put in 6, and Elise White and Tammy May each had 2.

The Lady Warriors are on a 12 game winning streak and improved to 27-3 on the year. They will be playing for the Section 8A Championship on Friday, March 9th at 7 PM at REA against Stephen-Argyle, now 26-3 after narrowly defeating Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 52-48 to claim the Section 8A West Championship.. The winner goes to the Minnesota State Tournament and the loser's season will end. Earlier in December of this season Red Lake lost to the Stephen-Argyle Storm at the Northland CTC Tournament 75-62.

From KKCQ Sports

Section 8A Semi-Finals (at TRF) – Win-E-Mac 49 vs. Red Lake 83

The Red Lake Warriors earned the right to defend their Secion 8A championship with the win over Win-E-Mac Tuesday night in Thief River Falls. Angel McClain scored 30 points and pulled down 8 rebounds as the Warriors won their 12th straight game. Red Lake used a 13-2 run early in the first half to take the lead for good and added a 14-2 run later in the first half to put the game out of reach. Autumn Holthusen added 17 points for the Warriors as they improved to 27-3 overall. Red Lake had defeated Win-E-Mac 69-35 in their one regular season meeting on February 5th in Red Lake. Lindsey Espeseth led the Patriots with 15 points and 12 rebounds as Win-E-Mac closed out the season at 10-18. The Warriors shot 21 of 29 at the free throw line to help them secure the win and advance to the Section 8A championship game on Friday, March 9th against Stephen-Argyle (7:00 pm on 96.7 FM). The Warriors lost to the Storm 75-62 in the semifinals of the Northland Holiday Tournament on December 14th. The Patriots graduate two seniors with Tyra Wilson and Sydney Tadman playing their final games for Win-E-Mac on Tuesday night.

RED LAKE: (27-3)

11 turnovers

21-29 at the free throw line

Angel McClain 30 points/8 rebounds

Autumn Holthusen 17 points (2 three pointers)

Alexis Desjarlait 14 points/8 for 8 at the free throw line

Gerika Kingbird 12 points (2 three pointers)

Kelanna McClain 6 points/9 rebounds

Tammy May 2 points

Elise White 2 points

WIN-E-MAC: (10-18)

20 turnovers

8-12 at the free throw line

Lindsey Espeseth 15 points/12 rebounds

Elliana Lindberg 13 points (3 three pointers)

Tyra Wilson 10 points/10 rebounds

Kylie Brekke 6 points/14 rebounds

Rylee Haugen 3 points

Paige Breckel 2 points

Section 8A Semi-Finals (at TRF) – Stephen-Argyle 52 vs. B-G-MR 48

The Stephen-Argyle Storm took the lead with ninety seconds and held on to defeat the Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Gators Tuesday night in Thief River Falls. Abbey Johnson came up with a steal and layup to give Stephen-Argyle a 48-47 lead with 1:30 left and help lead the Storm into the Section 8A Championship game on Friday, March 8th against Red Lake (7:00 pm on 96.7 FM). It was the fourth meeting between the Storm and Gators this season with Stephen-Argyle winning three of the four games. Abi McGlynn led the Storm with 15 points as Stephen-Argyle recorded their sixth straight win and improved to 26-3 overall. Carly Mekash led the Gators with 19 points as B/G-MR finished the season at 22-7. The Gators came into the game having won 12 of their last 13 games. Stephen-Argyle led 30-20 at halftime but the Gators stormed back to take a 44-39 lead in the second half. Stephen-Argyle then went on a 10-3 run to take the lead and punch their ticket into Friday nights Section 8A final. Stephen-Argyle defeated Red Lake 75-62 on December 14th at the Northland Holiday Tournament in Thief River Falls.


15 turnovers

11-18 at the free throw line

Abi McGlynn 15 points

Autumn Thompson 14 points

Abbey Johnson 11 points

Madalynn Weberg 6 points

Savannah Riopelle 4 points

Annika Carlson 2 points


10 turnovers

11-18 at the free throw line

Carly Mekash 19 points

Kjerstie Lieberg 9 points

Makenna Burslie 7 points

Maddi Janicke 5 points

Alyssa Rinde 4 points

Kianna Novacek 3 points

Alyssa Kilen 1 point

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