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MLA draws top-seeded team
Mt. Lake Area will take on the state's top-ranked team to open the Class A State Tournament on Thursday.
The Wolverines will face Maranatha Christian Academy at 11 a.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Maranatha comes into the tournament with a 29-1 record, with its lone loss coming in mid-January to Class AAAA school Duluth East.
The Mustangs have been ranked first in the state the entire season. Their 14-0 conference record includes a pair of victories over Lester Prairie-Holy Trinity. Mt. Lake Area defeated LPHT Friday to win the Section 2A championship. Maranatha defeated West Lutheran 61-51 to win the Section 4A championship Friday.
State Class A Tournament Schedule
First Round: March 21 at Williams Arena (Minneapolis) #1 Maranatha Christian Academy vs. Mt. Lake Area, 11 a.m. #5 Lakeview Christian Academy vs. #4 Rushford-Peterson, 1 p.m. #2 Upsala vs. Battle Lake, 3 p.m. #3 Southwest Minnesota Christian vs. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, 5 p.m.
Semifinals: March 22 at Target Center (Minneapolis) Games at noon and 2 p.m.
Finals: March 23 Third-place game (at Concordia U, St. Paul), 10 a.m. Championship (at Target Center), 12 p.m.
MLA 28-37 = 65 LPHT 12-18 = 30 Using a dominating defensive performance, the Mt. Lake Area boys basketball team punched the program's second straight ticket to the Class A State Tournament Friday with a 65-30 win over Lester Prairie-Winsted Holy Trinity in the Section 2A Finals at Mankato.
The Wolverines started slowly, as LPHT held a 3-2 lead early in the game. But a pair of three-pointers by Andrew Hempeck sparked a first-half run for the Wolverines that saw MLA take a 16-point advantage into the locker room.
MLA's defense stifled the Bulldogs' arsenal of three-point shooters, as the Wolverines held LPHT to 11-of-60 from the field in the game, including just one made three-pointer.
In the second half, the Wolverines continued to pull away, pounding the ball inside against the Bulldogs and wearing down LPHT with fast break baskets.
Carter Kirk led the way for the Wolverines with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Andrew Hempeck added 16 points. Cody Klassen scored eight points. Josiah Stoesz had seven points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. MLA: vs. Maranatha Christian Academy (at Williams Arena, Minneapolis), March 21