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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Red Lake’s season ends in consolation semis

ST. PAUL -- The Red Lake High School girls basketball team witnessed its season come to an end Friday morning with a 76-64 loss to Ada-Borup in the Class A state consolation semifinals at the Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul.

Other than a 2-2 tie 90 seconds into the contest, the Warriors trailed the whole game.

Autumn Holthusen’s layup closed the deficit to seven points to make it 22-15 with 7:12 to go in the first half. The Cougars, however, ended the half on a 19-4 run to enter halftime with a 41-19 lead.

Rachel Arends hit a 3-pointer to extend Ada-Borup’s lead to 53-28, its largest of the day, with 13:14 to play.

Red Lake narrowed the gap to 10 points with a trio of free throws by TeAnndra Pemberton-Kingbird with 26 seconds to go, but the comeback effort came up short.

Gerika Kingbird led the Warriors with 20 points and six assists. Holthusen followed with 16 points and Kelanna McClain added 15. McClain also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to earn the double-double.

Ivy Johnson paced all scorers with 21 points for the Cougars, who will face Mountain Iron-Buhl in today’s consolation championship.

Angel McClain, Red Lake’s lone senior, finished her career with eight points in the contest.

The Warriors conclude their season with a 21-9 record, and will return the majority of their roster as they look to defend their Section 8A title during the 2019-20 season.