Pine City 66, Spectrum 50
The Dragons were able to outlast a very determined Spectrum team to advance in the first round of the section 6AA playoffs, with their 66-50 win on Thursday, Feb. 28. The Dragons hosted Spectrum and both teams came out shooting the ball very well; however, after a few adjustments, Pine City was able get some stops and slowed down Spectrum, allowing the Dragons to go into the locker room at half time with a 10-point lead.
Eight Dragons put points on the board. Ellie Hasz had 23 points and Lily Wilson had 19 points. Hannah Lorsung ended the night with seven points, Alaina Steele had five, Ashley Faur and Meredith Kolling each had four, Sophie Lahti had three points to go along with her three rebounds and two steals and Jolie Wicktor scored one point.
“The first playoff game is always interesting as it is like a new season,” said coach Ted Hasz. “We were very proud of how the girls came out and played hard and found a way to advance.”
Pine City 44, St. Cloud Cathedral 42
The Dragons advanced to the section 6AA semifinals after a thrilling 44-42 victory over the Crusaders on Saturday, March 2. The Dragons had a slow start and found themselves down 8-2 approximately five minutes into the game. In the second half the Dragons led by as much as 10 points, only to have the Crusaders cut the lead to one point at 41-40. Sophie Lahti hit a big three pointer to give the Dragons a four point lead with minutes left in the game, and from there Pine City was able to hang on for the big win.
The Dragons were scheduled to play Royalton at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at St. John’s University.
A win would mean a game at St. Cloud State for the section championship on Friday evening at 8 p.m.