CLEARBROOK – As expected, Clearbrook-Gonvick received the top seed in the Section 8A girls basketball tournament and the Bears will open their quest for a state-tournament spot 6 p.m.Thursday in Bagley against either Blackduck or Laporte.
Red Lake received the second seed and the Warriors will battle either Lake of the Woods or Red Lake County Central 6 p.m. Thursday at Bemidji State University in its tournament opener.
The three Section 8A East play-in games will be played Tuesday and see No. 8 Blackduck hosting No. 9 Laporte, No. Cass Lake-Bena entertaining No. 11 Bug O Nay Ge Shig and No. 10 RLCC visiting No. 7 Lake of the Woods.
The sub-section scene shifts to Bagley High School and BSU for Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The schedule at Bagley finds Clearbrok-Gonvick facing the Laporte/Blackduck winner at 6 p.m. and No. 4 Kelliher-Northome tangling with No. 5 Mahnomen at 7:45 p.m.
Red Lake will face either Lake of the Woods or RLCC at 6 p.m. Thursday at BSU while the late game pits No. 3 Fosston against either CL-B or Bug O Nay Ge Shig.
On March 2 the quarterfinal winners will square off at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The East sub-section title game will be March 5 while the Section 8A championship will be decided on March 8.
Those games will also be played at the REA.
Sub-Section 8A East
Girls Basketball Tournament
Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Play-In Games
Game 1: No. 9 Laporte at No. 8 Blackduck
Game 2: No. 11 Bug O Nay Ge Shig at No. 6 Cass Lake-Bena
Game 3: No. 10 Red Lake County Central at No. 7 Lake of the Woods
Quarterfinals, Feb. 28
Game 4: Clearbrook-Gonvick vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m., Bagley
Game 5: No. 4 Kelliher-Northome vs. No. 5 Mahnomen, 7:45 p.m., Bagley
Game 6: No. 2 Red Lake vs. Game 3 winner, 6 p.m., BSU
Game 7: No. 3 Fosston vs. Game 2 winner, 7:45 p.m., BSU
Semifinals, March 2
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon, REA
Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 1:45 p.m. REA
East Sub-Section Championship
Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 6 p.m., REA
Section 8A Championship
East champion vs. West champion, 7 p.m. REA