High school girls basketball: East Grand Forks, Grand Rapids make it to state
The Bemidji High School girls basketball team completed one of its finest years this winter at 23-4.
Two of the four teams to turn back Bemidji have reached the state tournament this week.
East Grand Forks won the Section 8AA title in a breeze, scoring a 75-40 win over Crosby-Ironton, its fourth straight blowout in the tournament. Its first three came by 31, 34 and 23 points.
East Side raised its record to 27-1, the only loss 65-61 to defending Class A state champion Ada-Borup.
Grand Rapids took the 7-3A crown, beating Hibbing 52-36 after earlier decisions over Milaca and Cloquet.
The other two Bemidji conquerors both fell in the 8-4A tournament, St. Cloud Apollo to Elk River 53-51 and Elk River to Buffalo 71-61. The Elks had ousted Bemidji 61-59 in the semifinals.
Buffalo beat Elk River 71-61 to take the section title.
Ada-Borup will return to defend its title after repeating as 6A champ 61-55 over Brandon-Evansville. Ada had earlier defeated Rothsay, Park Christian and New York Mills between 20-35 points.
Red Lake County Central won the 8A title with a 53-52 overtime win over Northern Freeze.
Detroit Lakes, a team Bemidji beat twice this winter, captured the 7-3A championship 53-45 over Little Falls after earlier beating Sartell and Fergus Falls.
In addition to Ada-Borup, other teams returning from last year aree Eastview and Minneapolis South in 4A, Grand Rapids in 3A, Jordan and Howard Lake in 2A and Cedar Mountain/Comfrey, New Life Academy and Barnum in A.
Barnum fell to Ada in last year's final. Jordan lost in the 2A title game to Albany while Minneapolis South was beaten by St. Paul Central in the 4A title game.
South features the state's all-time leading scorer in Taylor Hill, who played here as a sophomore in the Bemidji Holiday Tournament.
Jordan's scoring leader is Brittany Chambers, daughter of one time BHS and BSU star Lance Chambers, now principal at the school.
She is a 2,000-point scorer headed for Kansas next winter for college ball.