The two-time defending State Class A Champion Goodhue Wildcats struggled to make shots in the first half but ran away from Randolph 53-19.  It was an impressive display of just what they can do to disrupt a team defensively.

Are you ready for some numbers?  Randolph had a total of 32 turnovers in the game and Goodhue scored 17 points off those turnovers.  I'm sure Wildcat Head Coach Josh Wieme thought his team should have had more points of turnovers in the first half when they had a 19-14 lead at the break.

Goodhue scored five points off 13 turnovers and enjoyed the 5 point halftime lead.

6'0 senior Sydney Lodermeier led the way for the Wildcats  with 10 first half points and finished the game with 17.

She was chosen a Goodhue County ADA Wildcat player of the game along with 5'4 frreshman Arianna Thomforde and 6'3 junior Lexie Lodermeier.  Thomforde and Lodermeier had 7 points each.

The Wildcats did not shoot free throws well during the game going 6 of 15 and Randolph was 3 of 9 from the charity stripe.

The Rockets were led by 5'11 senior Alyssa Whitson with 11 points (8 of them in the first half).

Four seniors played their last basketball game for Randolph.  Hannah Neil, McKayla Johnston and Kayleen Woodcock were the other seniors.

Randolph finished their season 19-8.  The 20-7 Wildcats will play Hayfield in the Section 1A Semis on Saturday in Rochester.  Tip-off time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and the game will be on KDHL Radio.

Hayfield took two overtimes to avoid being upset by Blooming Prairie in the earlier game.  The Vikings shooting percentage had to be very low.  They simply couldn't hit any threes or layups and trailed 25-23 at the half.

It took an Olivia Matti three point basket to tie the game with about 4 seconds to go in regulation and send it into the first overtime 54-54.

Hayfield pulled away and hung on for the 67-63 win to set up Saturday's game featuring the #3 ranking Vikings and #4 rated Wildcats.

January 9th Hayfield defeated Goodhue 51-45 in Hayfield and February 16th the Vikings pulled away from the Wildcats in Goodhue 72-58.  The third game will be on a neutral floor with the Section title game the prize.

On the other side the bracket looms top ranked Lyle/Pacelli.  The Athletics defeated both teams during the regular season.  They still have to win two games to get there.

Goodhue Defends at a Higher Level Against Randolph. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld