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Clearbrook-Gonvick earns top seed in 8A East Sub-Section playoffs

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

March 5

Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 6 p.m., REA

Section 8A Championship

March 8

East champion vs. West champion, 7 p.m. REA