All five starters contributed points as Walker-Hackensack-Akeley opened with a 23-7 run to spark a 67-34 victory over Nevis in a Section 5A girls basketball playoff game at Walker on Thursday, Feb. 27.
365体育投注Brianna Raddatz hit two 3-pointers, Justine Day hit a 3-pointer and scored off a rebound, Megan Benjamin had two layups, Ally Sea hit a 3-pointer, and Emma Deegan converted a layup to give the Wolves the early advantage. Ava Isaacson had two baskets for Nevis.
After a jumper by Isaacson and a layup by Makenna Frazier made it 23-11, 3-pointers by Sea and Benjamin helped give W-H-A a 37-14 lead at the half.
A jumper and a 3-pointer by Isaacson and a layup by Frazier kept the Tigers within 40-21 early in the second half, but W-H-A responded with a 14-0 run to put the game away. Day and Deegan ended that spurt with 3-pointers as the Wolves led 54-21.
A jumper by Kayli Bessler, a 3-pointer by Mya Stacey, a basket off a rebound by Kia Heide and two baskets by Addison Lindow led the Tigers down the stretch.
Isaacson finished with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds while Lindow had seven rebounds, Heide had six rebounds and Frazier had three steals as the Tigers ended the season with an 8-19 record. Nevis entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed in the West.
365体育投注W-H-A, the No. 1 seed in the West, improved to 26-2 behind Benjamin's double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Raddatz (22), Day (12) and Sea (10) also scored in double figures. The Wolves, who were rated No. 3 in the latest state Class A poll, hit 9 of 30 3-pointers. W-H-A also defeated Nevis during the regular season by scores of 82-41 on Jan. 7 and 72-27 on Feb. 4.
365体育投注In the other Section 5A West games on Feb. 27, No. 4 Sebeka defeated No. 5 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 60-53, No. 2 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa defeated No. 7 Browerville/Eagle Valley 79-55 and No. 3 Pine River-Backus defeated No. 6 Verndale 71-54. W-H-A eliminated Sebeka 77-41 and B-B-E eliminated PR-B 77-52 in the West semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 29.