Waterville-Elysian-Morristown got off to a sluggish start against Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial in their playoff opener, but found their rhythm in plenty of time to score the victory.

The Bucs trailed 13-12 partway through the first half, but went on a 27-4 run to close out the half for an insurmountable 39-17 advantage. The No. 9AA state-ranked Buccaneers had a two-headed scoring attack. Kallen Dorenkemper scored 25 points with a variety of five three-point baskets and several slicing, driving layups. Zac Olson did his work primarily in the low block with 23 points. WEM shot around fifty percent for the night.

The win was the 15th straight for the second-seeded Bucs who will meet NRHEG Friday night in the Section 2AA South Subsection semifinals at 7:45PM at Mankato East High School. WEM swept the Panthers during the regular season.

The other South Subsection games included top seed Maple River beating Medford 63-26 and fifth seed St. James Area winning 55-50 at Fairmont.

In the North Subsection Belle Plaine beat TCU 73-63, Jordan edged Glencoe-Silver Lake 64-62, Norwood-Young America clobbered Gibbon-Fairfax-Wintrhop 77-43 and St. Peter slipped by LeSueur-Henderson 68-66. The winners play Friday at New Prague High School.

The subsection finals are Monday February 29 at MSU-Mankato. The 2AA championship game is March 4 in Mankato.

Roy Koenig, Townsquare Media

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