The Eden Prairie Eagles, seeded fourth in Section 6, were looking to beat another top team Thursday night in the Class AAAA semifinals but a strong second half from Emee Udo, who scored 17 points led the Eastview Lightning to a 62-51 win in Minneapolis.
The Eagles got off to a 4-0 run on baskets from Martha Kuderer and Emma Boehm. Udo would put the Lightning on the board with 15:58 left in the first half. Erika Schlosser hit a three pointer to cut the lead to one. Emma Boehm scored six of Eden Prairie's first eight points. They kept the game close throughout the first half using a strong and aggressive defense that held Eastview's top scorer Madison Guebert, averaging 22 points per game to only two shots that didn't enter the basket. But her teammates stepped up in the scoring department, including Udo and Kari Opatz as the Lightning went on a 6-0 run to take a 25-19 halftime lead.
Going to the second half, it started like the first with Eden Prairie on a 4-0 as Rachel Platt and Andrea Jirele scored. Schlosser would hit a three and Jayla Mayes-Jackson would bring the Eagles even with a three point play and a steal turned into a basket. Guebert, who was MIA in the first half scoring, scored her first point with 14:24 left on a free throw. She would go10 for 12 from the line. The lead would go back and forth like a pendulum on a grandfather clock as both Eastview and Eden Prairie exchanged leads. Guebert would finally hit a field goal with 5:30 left and put the Lightning ahead by three. The Lightning would clinch the game at the free throw line with three free throws from Opatz and five from Udo that would send the Apple Valley school into Saturday night's championship game against the Lakeville North-Bloomington Kennedy winner at 8 PM at Williams Arena.
The Eagles will face the losing team of that game for third place Saturday afternoon at 4 PM at Ganglehoff Center on the Concordia University Campus in St. Paul.
Other Eastview players in double figures were Opatz with 15 points and Guebert scored 12. Emma Boehm led Eden Prairie with 22 points.
Christianna Carr is the daughter of Eden Prairie head coach and former Minnesota Timberwolf Chris Carr.