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AREA HIGH SCHOOLS: Heck scores 1,000th point for Kelliher-Northome

KELLIHER – The East Sub-Section 8A girls basketball playoffs resume tonight at Bemidji State University and Bagley High School and among the players who are eager to hit the floor is Kelly Heck of Kelliher-Northome.

The junior reached a milestone last week during the regular season finale against Cass Lake-Bena. With 8:18 to play Heck headed down the court as part of a fast break. The ball found its way to the junior and she converted a short jump shot for her 1,000th career point.

The bucket helped the Mustangs topple the Panthers 68-54 for their 12th victory in 22 games.

Heck is the first Mustang to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a junior

“I am proud of Kelly,” said Kelliher-Northome coach Justin Lundin. “Long ago, in the back of her mind, Kelly set the goal to hit 1,000 points before her senior year. She has devoted herself to basketball and has put in countless hours in the off-season.

“Kelly has been a very focused player who has led by example and is very unselfish on the court,” the coach continued. “Even though scoring has been an important part of her game Kelly’s unselfish play finds her leading the team with over 100 assists this season. And that number is twice as many as any other player has.”

Heck will lead the fourth-ranked Mustangs (12-10) into today’s East Sub-Section 8A quarterfinal against No. 5 Mahnomen (11-12). The game is the second half of a doubleheader at Bagley High School and is scheduled for a 7:45 p.m. start.

The 6 p.m. opener at Bagley matches No. 1 Clearbrook-Gonvick (23-3) against No. 8 Blackduck (6-19). Blackduck advanced to tonight’s contest by eliminating No. 9 seed Laporte 76-40 in Tuesday’s play-in round.

Tonight’s lower-bracket 6 p.m. opener at BSU finds No. 2 Red Lake (14-5) facing No. 7 Lake of the Woods (5-20). In the nightcap No. 3 Fosston (13-11) will battle No. 6 Cass Lake-Bena (8-19).

Lake of the Woods belted No. 10 Red Lake County Central 47-17 Tuesday to advance to today’s game. CL-B also was scheduled for a Tuesday play-in game but advanced to the quarterfinals when No. 11 Bug O Nay Ge Shig forfeited.

Today’s winners will head to the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls on Saturday. The REA will also host the sub-section final on March 5 and the Section 8A title game on March 8.

Bagley (13-13) earned the No. 5 seed in Section 8AA North and will begin its post-season run 7 p.m. today at No. 4 Warroad (13-11). If the Flyers win tonight they will meet top-ranked Crookston 1 p.m. Saturday at BSU in the sub-section semifinals.

The North Sub-Section 8A title game will be 7 p.m. March 5 at BSU and the section championship will be decided 7 p.m. March 8, also at BSU.

Bagley dropped its final four regular season games, losing to Clearbrook-Gonvick 54-39, to East Grand Forks 72-44, to Pequot Lakes 80-55 and to Norman County East 70-62.

Kari Skersick had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to EGF. In the loss to Pequot Lakes Skersick contributed 25 points and 20 boards. Bailey Fultz added 14 points.

In the regular season finale against NCE the Flyers were within reach of a win until the final stages. Fultz scored 26 points and Jaysha Pemberton had 18 to pace the offense.

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The East Sub-Section 8A playoff seedings, based on the QRF ranking, were announced Wednesday and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley is the top seed. The Wolves are 22-2 overall and 12-0 against section opponents.

Mahnomen (18-4) earned the second spot while Red Lake (15-11) is third, Kelliher-Northome (16-7) fourth and Fosston (14-10) fifth.

Blackduck (15-10) was seeded sixth, CL-B (9-15) seventh, Laporte (6-16) eighth, Clearbrook-Gonvick (3-20) ninth, Lake of the Woods (3-19) 10th and Bug O Nay Ge Shig (2-9) 11th.

The sub-section tournament opens Monday with three play-in games. Laporte will host Clearbrook-Gonvick, Blackduck will entertain Bug O Nay Ge  Shig and Cass Lake-Bena will welcome Lake of the Woods.

The scene shifts to BSU and Bemidji High School on March 7. At Bemidji State WHA will battle either C-G or Laporte 6 p.m. and K-N will tangle with Fosston at 7:45 p.m.

The schedule at Bemidji High School sees Mahnomen taking on either CL-B or Lake of the Woods at 6 p.m. and Red Lake facing either Blackduck or Bug O Nay Ge Shig at 7:45.

The Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls will host the sub-section semifinals on March 9 and final on March 12. The Section 8A title game will also be played at REA on March 15.

During the past week CL-B (9-15) dropped three games. Willy Kingbird had 21 points and Gage Headbird 12 in a 64-51 loss to K-N. Headbird added 19 points, Alvin Wind 17, Josh LaDuke 15 and Damien Kingbird 11 in an 88-69 loss to WHA.

The Panthers closed their regular season with a 73-64 loss to Northern Freeze. Damien Kingbird had 23 points and Wind and LaDuke 13.

Laporte (6-16) ended its regular season with a 58-47 victory over Lake of the Woods and a 59-47 win over McGregor.

Kelliher-Northome (15-8) will close its campaign today at Lake of the Woods. The Mustangs split two games during the past week, stopping CL-B 64-51 but losing 85-76 at Littlefork-Big Falls.

Clearbrook-Gonvick (3-20) had a busy week, losing 64-42 at Blackduck, bouncing Lake of the Woods 76-39 but falling 91-47 to Mahnomen.

The Bears host Goodridge-Grygla Friday in their final test before the playoffs.

Red Lake (15-11) won its final three games, dumping Pine River 86-52, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 79-66 and Blackduck 79-62.

Blackduck (15-10) hosts Remer Friday in its finale. The Drakes won two of their past three games, topping Fosston 69-56 and C-G 64-42 before losing to Red Lake.

Bagley (10-15) ends its season Friday at home against East Grand Forks. The Flyers have won their past two games, belting Norman County East 73-54 and tripping Roseau 72-61.

Bagley enters the final game holding the sixth seed in the seven-team North Sub-Section 8-2A rankings. Crosby-Ironton (134.2 QRF) will be the top seed while Crookston (86.0), Pequot Lakes (83.2) and Warroad (79.6) are in the hunt for the next three spots.

Park Rapids (60.5), Bagley (54.0) and Roseau (52.4) round out the current sub-section positions.

Sub-Section 8A East

Girls Basketball Tournament

Tuesday’s Play-In Games

Game 1: No. 8 Blackduck 76, No. 9 Laporte 40

Game 2: No. 6 Cass Lake-Bena def. No. 11 Bug O Nay Ge Shig by forfeit

Game 3: No. 7 Lake of the Woods 47, No. 10 Red Lake County Central 17

Today’s Quarterfinals

Game 4: No. 1 Clearbrook-Gonvick vs. Blackduck, 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. Lake of the Woods, 6 p.m., BSU

Game 7: No. 3 Fosston vs. Cass Lake-Bena, 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

Sub-Section 8-2A North

Girls Basketball Tournament

Today’s Quarterfinals

Game 1: Crookston, bye

Game 2: No. 5 Bagley at No. 4 Warroad, 7 p.m.

Game 3: No. 7 Roseau at No. 2 Pequot Lakes

Game 4: No. 6 Park Rapids at No. 3 Crosby-Ironton

Friday’s Semifinals

Game 5: Crookston vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m. BSU

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 2:45 p.m., BSU

North Sub-Section Championship

March 5

Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m., BSU

Section 8-2A Championship

March 8

North champion vs. South champion, 7 p.m, BSU

Sub-Section 8A East

Boy’s Basketball Tournament

Monday’s 7 p.m. Play-In Games

Game 1: No. 9 Clearbrook-Gonvick at No. 8 Laporte

Game 2: No. 11 Bug O Nay Ge Shig at No. 6 Blackduck

Game 3: No. 10 Lake of the Woods at No. 7 Cass Lake-Bena

Quarterfinals, March 7


Game 4: No. 1 WHA vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 5: No. 4 Kelliher-Northome vs. No. 5 Fosston, 7:45 p.m.

At Bemidji High School

Game 6: No. 2 Mahnomen vs. Game 3 winner, 6 p.m.

Game 7: No. 3 Red Lake vs. Game 2 winner, 7:45 p.m.

Semifinals, March 9 at REA

Game 8: Game 4 winner v s. Game 5 winner, noon

Game 9: Game 6 winner v s. Game 7 winner, 1:45 p.m.

Final, March 12, REA

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

Section 8A Championship

March 15, REA

East winner vs. West winner, 7 p.m. 

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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