The Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers are making their first trip to the MSHSL Girls Basketball State Tournament.  The Buccaneers received the Class A #4 seed, open play at 1:00 p.m. in Maturi Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus against #5 seed Heritage Christian Academy.

The Eagles were rated #12 in the final Minnesota Basketball News girls high school basketball rankings.  WEM was rated #7.  The Buccaneers are 26-4 with an average 59.1 points scored per game while allowing 40.1.  Heritage Christian averages 66.9 and gives up 36.3 points per contest.

Eagles senior 5'9 Kirsten Robbins leads the team with a 19.5 points per game average.  She has 32 three point baskets, averages 8.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.  Senior 6'1 Jordyn Allen averages 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks per game. Junior 5'6 Taylor Schuck is averaging 14 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game.

Heritage Christian Academy is in Maple Grove.  They have 70 three point baskets on the season compared to the Buccaneers 187 three point baskets.  WEM has scored 257 points at the free throw line, Heritage Christian 231 points.

Both teams have a lot of blocks to their credit.  The Eagles average 4.6, Buccaneers 4.2 blocks per game.

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown junior 5'6 Brielle Bartelt averages 15.3 points per game with 60 three point baskets, shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc.  Junior 5'10 Toryn Richards averages 13.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists per contest while connecting on 41 three point baskets.  Classmate 5'5 Ellie Ready is averaging 8 points per game with 40 three point baskets while shooting 35 percent from three point range.  Junior 5'9 Kylie Pittman has 31 three point baskets while averaging 7.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game.

Senior 6'0 Trista Hering averages 5 points, 5.9 rebounds with 2.5 blocks per game.

The game will be broadcast on POWER 96 Radio 95.9 FM and the FREE POWER 96 app worldwide.

The NCAA has decided not to have fans at their NCAA Women's and Men's Tournament games due to the Coronavirus.

The MSHSL says fans are welcome to their tournaments with no restrictions but they are recommending people have good knowledge of what's happening.

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