3/15/2013 8:33:00 AM MLA boys look to punch State ticket tonight
The Mt. Lake Area boys basketball team is hoping to punch the program's second consecutive ticket to the Class A State Tournament tonight, when it faces Lester Prairie-Winsted Holy Trinity in the Section 2A championship.
The game is scheduled for 6 p.m., and will be played at the Taylor Center on the campus of Minnesota State University-Mankato.
The winner will play in the Class A State Tournament on March 21 at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The matchups for the state tournament will be known Sunday after the seeding for the tournament is done. Five teams will be seeded and placed into a standard bracket, with the remaining three teams placed into the bracket by a random draw.
The Wolverines will look to use their inside strength to advance to a second straight state tournament. Leading the way is 6-7 junior center Carter Kirk, who on Monday became the all-time career scoring leader in Wolverine history, surpassing the record of 1,605 points set by 2004 graduate Mark DeYounge. Kirk is averaging over 24 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Senior forward Josiah Stoesz is averaging over 13 points and nine rebounds per game while junior guard Andrew Hempeck is averaging about nine points and six assists per game.
The Wolverines will take on a LPHT team that is perimeter-oriented. The Bulldogs defeated Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 80-73 Monday to win the north sub-section championship. In the game, LPHT sealed the victory from the free throw line, hitting 22-of-25 free throws in the game. The Bulldogs lean heavily on a trio of potent outside threats.