The Goodhue Wildcats are the top seed in the MSHSL Section 1AA Girls Basketball Tournament.

Round 1 begins Thursday at the high seeds.  The Section is loaded with very good teams.

The Wildcats (23-3) will host the St. Charles Saints (3-20) with the winner advancing to quarterfinals action Monday, February 28, 2022 at the Rochester Mayo Civic Arena.

#2 seed Rochester Lourdes (17-7) will have Pine Island (4-22) in their gym while #3 seed Cotter/Hope Lutheran (19-4) hosts Triton (12-14).

#4 seed Dover-Eyota (23-3) has #13 Zumbrota-Mazeppa (5-20) coming to their place while #5 seed Lake City (17-8) entertains Cannon Falls (7-18).

#6 Plainview-Elgin-Millville (17-8) will play #11 Lewiston-Altura (11-15).  #10 Blooming Prairie (15-10) is at #7 Caledonia (16-9).

#8 Chatfield (18-8) hosts #9 LaCrescent (13-11) with the winner tangling with the Goodhue game victor Monday.

12 of the 16 teams in the section have double digit wins.

Goodhue had their first loss during the Winona State Holiday Showcase December 27, 2021 against Cotter/Hope Lutheran 69-48.

Kasson-Mantorville defeated the Wildcats 64-57 in overtime February 8, 2022 in Kasson.  The Rochester Lourdes Eagles edged them last Thursday in the last game of their regular season at Lourdes.

Dover-Eyota is my sleeper in this section.  They average the most points per game (70.5) .  The Eagles were the Three Rivers Conference West Champions.

Goodhue won the Hiawatha Valley League which did not have divisions after Kenyon-Wanamingo and Triton moved to the Gopher Conference this season.  The Wildcats rank 3rd in the Section offensively (65.6).

The H-V-L currently has all Class 2A and 3A schools among their members.

The Awesome Blossoms of Blooming Prairie have the top defense among the teams in the Section if you go by points allowed which is the only number I look at.  They give up 43 points per game.

#2 defensive team is Goodhue (44.5) with Lourdes #3 (45.6).

The Section 1AA coaches decided a couple years ago to seed all the way through instead of having two subsections.

The theory here is the best two teams will be in the finals on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in the Rochester Mayo Civic Arena.

Cue up the Twilight Zone music.

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