Windom 25-20 = 45
Pipestone 23-26 = 49
Pipestone rallied in the closing minutes Tuesday night, as an 11-point lead for the Windom Eagles slipped away late, leading to a 49-45 loss at Pipestone in the Section 3AA South championship game.
Windom built and early lead, but was unable to expand the lead after getting the Arrows in early foul trouble. Windom went just 2-of-8 from the free throw line in the first half and was 7-of-15 for the game.
The Eagles held a two-point halftime lead, but stretched the lead to 11 early in the second half. Dylan Serreyn hit three buckets, Abe McKibbin had two driving lay-ups and Henry Erickson hit a three-pointer, helping the Eagles take a 42-31 advantage with under eight minutes to play.
But Pipestone rallied, forcing turnovers and poor shots by the Eagles. The Arrows countered with a pair of three-pointers and 13 second-half points from Dawson Kellen, who went 3-of-4 from the line in the closing minutes to give the Arrows the lead.
Pipestone finished the game with an 18-3 run.
Serreyn led the Eagles with 15 points. Conner Redman scored 14 and Erickson added 10 in the loss.
WWG 26-18 = 44
SWC 25-29 = 54
Southwest Minnesota Christian took control late, ending the game with a 10-0 run to defeat Westbrook-Walnut Grove 54-44 in the Section 3A South championship game Tuesday in Edgerton.
WWG held a one-point lead at halftime, as the Chargers effectively slowed down SWC’s high-powered offense and broke through the Eagle defense. WWG stretched its lead briefly in the second half, but SWC’s Hunter VanderHaar controlled the second half, scoring 17 of his 18 points in the final 18 minutes.
Carter Van Hulzen added a bucket and a key three-pointer, sparking the start of SWC’s 10-0 run to end the game. The Eagles scored their final five points from the free throw line.
Ethan Mischke led the way for WWG, scoring 18 of his game-high 26 points in the first half. Nathan Kuehl added six points in the loss.