Stifling defense from defending state champion and #1-seed Minneota thwarted unseeded Red Lake in a 57-37 defeat for the Warriors on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class A state girls basketball tournament at Maturi Pavilion. With the MSHSL’s cancellation of all state consolation games due to the coronavirus, Red Lake’s season concludes with a record of 21-10.
The Warriors’ potent offense was kept in check throughout the game by the top-seed Vikings, as Red Lake shot just 22% from the field and was only 1-18 from three-point range. Despite forcing turnovers in the early minutes of the first half and staying within single-digits, an 8-0 run put Red Lake behind 21-7 with just under four minutes remaining. The margin grew to 30-14 at the half.
The Warriors cut the lead to 12 with 10 minutes to play in the second, but failed to gain any more ground. It was the second-straight season that Red Lake has lost to Minneota in the opening round of the state tourney.
Kelanna McClain led Red Lake with 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss. Autumn Holthusen contributed seven points and 12 boards.
Abby Hennen had a game high 23 points and 14 rebounds for Minneota.
At the conclusion of the game, the Minnesota State High School League announced that consolation games scheduled for Friday and Saturday in the state girls basketball tournament have been cancelled due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. That includes what would have been a consolation game for the Warriors tomorrow, meaning their season officially ends with today’s result.
No consolation-bracket basketball or adapted floor hockey games will be played Friday and Saturday. No decisions have been concerning next week’s scheduled boys state basketball tournament. https://t.co/YZcu3rjXTX
— John Millea (@MSHSLjohn) March 12, 2020
For those asking – the @MSHSL has announced they will limit spectators at the Girls State Basketball Tournament beginning tomorrow.
A statement from the league is attached. pic.twitter.com/EZnMfRAmNi
— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) March 12, 2020