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Jaguars scratch Cyclones in 2A basketball contest, 40-38

ST. CLAIR — Lydia Steinhaus topped a balanced scoring attack with eight points as the No. 6-seeded Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars upended the No. 3-seeded St. Clair Cyclones, 40-38, during Section 2A, South Sub-Section quarterfinal basketball action Monday night in St. Clair.

The Jaguars (12-15) advance to face No. 2-seeded Springfield in a 7:45 p.m. sub-section semifinal on Friday night in Lake Crystal. The Tigers scratched No. 7-seeded Nicollet/Mankato Loyola, 82-62.

The Jaguars avenged both a 62-49 loss to the Cyclones on Dec. 7 and a 64-31 defeat to St. Clair in a Feb. 3 Valley Conference Showcase game. St. Clair ended its season with a 14-12 record.

Emily Stauter delivered six points and eight rebounds for the Jaguars, while Jayme Balcom contributed six points and seven boards.

Eden Studer and Steinhaus each garnered seven rebounds, while Michaelah Petrowiak chipped in six points to the Jaguars’ postseason winning ways.

The Jaguars made 15 of 51 field goals overall and 10 of 23 free throws on the night.

The Jaguars built a 17-13 lead by halftime and fended off the Cyclones’ second-half comeback bid.

Emily Olson scored a game-best 19 points for the Cyclones.

Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey 47, Martin County West 28 — Margo Stoesz produced a game-best 14 points to steer a balanced Wolverines’ lineup to a 19-point Section 2A, South Sub-Section quarterfinal triumph over the Mavericks on Monday night in Mountain Lake.

The No. 4-seeded Wolverines (17-8) advance to play No. 1-seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown in a 6 p.m. sub-section semifinal on Friday in Lake Crystal. The Bucs routed No. 8-seeded United South Central, 63-27, to gain the next round.

No. 5-seeded Martin County West ended its season with a 10-13 record.

Sophie Carrison and Anika Fast contributed nine points apiece to the Wolverines’ winning ways, while Brooke Naas chipped in seven points.

Sami Meyer netted 10 points to pace the Mavericks during the playoff game, while teammate Marissa Whitehead supplied five points and four rebounds.

Emily Dunlop distributed three assists and pocketed five steals for MCW, Gabby Lange grabbed a team-best five boards, while Kari Matejka scored four points.

The Mavericks connected on 12 of 32 field goals overall and 4 of 12 free throws on the game.

The Wolverines built a 22-12 halftime lead and never trailed.

Section 2AA Playoffs

Medford 71, Blue Earth Area 51 — Kaitlin Johnson helped the No. 7-seeded Bucs net a 12-point lead midway through the first half, but the No. 2-seeded Tigers rallied for the 20-point playoff win Monday night in Medford.

Medford (22-4) advances to face No. 3-seeded Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial at 7:45 p.m. Friday night at Mankato East High School in a Section 2AA, South Sub-Section semifinal. The Knights eliminated No. 6-seeded New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, 58-46, to gain the next round.

Blue Earth Area ended its season with a 3-21 overall record.

Emma Kniefel netted a game-best 26 points, including 17 in the first half, to rally the Tigers to a 32-29 lead at halftime.

Kiley Nihart scored all 11 of her points during the Tigers’ 39-22 edge in the second half, teammate Katie Dylla tossed in 11 points, while Izzy Reuvers added eight points.

Johnson produced a team-leading 16 points for Blue Earth Area, while teammate Te’a Armstrong contributed 11 points. Arika Howard tallied eight points, while Kiera Osmundson and McKenna Dutton added seven points apiece.

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