2013 STATE CLASS AA GIRLS BASKETBALL QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
GAMES PLAYED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
AT TARGET CENTER
6:00: Providence Academy vs. Pine Island
8:00: Braham vs. BOLD
AT WILLIAMS ARENA
6:00: Minneapolis Washburn vs. Sauk Centre
8:00: New Richland-H-E-G vs. Pelican Rapids
Examining the field; If you're looking for something to do Wednesday night, look no further than Target Center for some exciting Class AA quarterfinal action. First up is the defending champion Providence Academy Lions and the Pine Island Panthers. The Lions have three players back from last year's championship team who will playing college basketball next season. Taylor Finley will head for Harvard. Leah Szabla will attend North Dakota and Nathalie Ratliff will be going to Colorado Christian. They're a well-coached team, led by the only coach to win state titles with three different schools, Ray Finley. The Panthers are heading up Highway 52 for their first trip to state and they could have a tough time against the Lions.
Be sure and stay for the second game, which pits the unbeaten Braham Bombers against the BOLD Warriors. It may be your last opportunity to see Minnesota's all-time leading scorer Rebekah Dahlman before she heads for Vanderbilt next season. She's 50 points away from 5,000 career points and if you haven't seen her play, head for the nearest meter or parking ramp to the home of the Timberwolves and Lynx and get a glimpse of true talent. can they get past the quarterfinals after last year's loss to NRHEG? As for the BOLD Warriors, it's their first trip from Bird Island, Olivia, Lake Lillian and Danube. They have an outstanding junior in Carly Sigurdson, averaging 21 points per game. BOLD has to be bold in order to beat the Bombers.
Over at Williams Arena, the Minneapolis Washburn Millers return to state for the first time since 1984. They have an outstanding center in 6'3" junior Chase Coley, who averages over eight blocks per game. The Millers are also on a roll winning 14 of their last 15 games and go up against a tournament tested team in the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters. Last season, they lost in the championship game to Providence Academy and hope to upgrade their medals from silver to gold.
The last quarterfinal of the day pits the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Panthers and the Pelican Rapids Vikings. You'll need only two words to describe the Panther offense, Carlie Wagner. The junior, who averages over 32 points a game is one of the state's most dominate players and has committed to Minnesota. If you're somewhere in the bowels of The Barn Pam Borton, grab a seat and see Carlie in action. You'll be gaining a great player for the 2014-15 season. As for Pelican Rapids, they're led by the Korfs, Mackenzie and Madison. Mackenzie, a freshman is the team's leading scorer and Madison, a senior leads in assists. Can they send the Panthers home down I-35?
The Class A preview is next