Kenyon-Wanamingo will Face Hayfield in Final
The Pine Island Panthers certainly gave the Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights a scare Monday night in Rochester in a Subsection Semi-Final game. Tied at 13 at the half, the game was at the pace Pine Island needed for a victory. They also got Kenyon-Wanamingo’s leading scorer, Senior Siri Sviggum in foul trouble. Sviggum picked up her third foul with about 7:30 to go in the first half and sat the remainder. The Knights prevailed 36-29 After the break Sviggum started the second half and proceeded to force a turnover finishing with a layup and nailed the first two threes of the night for K-W after they went 0 for 11 from beyond the arc in the first half. She helped get the Knights a double digit lead before picking up her fourth foul and having to sit until just over 5 minutes to go in the game. In her absence, Junior Emily Ashland hit a big three and finished with 5 points. Despite only playing about 15 minutes Sviggum still collected 12 points for the Knights. Megan Quam added 9 and Audra Clark 8. Before the game Pine Island Head Coach Rick Canton told us they would need to keep their turnovers under 15. They had 11 at the half and finished with 22. K-W scored 15 points off those turnovers for the stat of the game. 6’1 Senior Sam Hereen led Pine Island with 17 points. The 36 points was nearly half the season average for K-W. Coming into the game they were averaging 64.7 points on offense. Pine Island’s defense was giving up 42 points per game. The Panthers season ends 15-11 and the Knights are now 27-1 and will play Hayfield Saturday night at 8 in the Mayo Civic Auditorium for the West Subsection championship of Section One Class A. Hayfield used a similar formula in dispatching Dover-Eyota 56-42 in the other semi-final. Viking Senior Dani Wagner scored 22 points in the win. Hayfield Head Coach Fred Kindschy told KDHL after the game Wagner did everything for the team, but drive the bus to the game. Wagner had numerous assists and at times ran the point and played in the post for her team. Hayfield is now 21-5. The two teams played on December 10 in Hayfield with Kenyon-Wanamingo winning a tight game 51-47.