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REDWOOD FALLS – The state’s leading goal-scorer Bailey Sommers added three more to his total on Tuesday night and the Redwood Valley Cardinals defeated the Morris/Benson Area Storm 6-0 in the first round of the section 3A playoffs.
Jack Ryan opened the scoring at 2:32 of the first period when he took a feed from Connor Nelson to make it 1-0. After 12 minutes of Storm goalie Tony Bruns standing on his head, including a highlight-reel glove save from his back that robbed Sommers, the Cardinals added two more goals in a 22 second span late, one from Sommers and one from Dallas Coons to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
At 7:44 of the second period the Cardinals built on that lead when Cameran Sommers tallied his first goal of the year, Bailey netted his second just under two minutes later.
Sommers would complete the hat-trick at 16:47 of the third period and now has 51 goals on the season.
The Storm were unable to keep the puck out of their own zone for much of the night and created only a handful of scoring opportunities, Bruns was fantastic once again as the senior had 45 saves in net for the Storm who end the season with a 1-20 record.
The Cardinals got 12 saves from Alex Barnes and are now 14-12, they’ll face Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Thursday in the section quarterfinals.
Willmar 8, Worthington/Fulda 1
Windom Area 6, Fairmont 1
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 58, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 36
GRACEVILLE – Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley held Wheaton/Herman-Norcross to just four second half field goals, 20 percent shooting and Lukas Adelman scored 24 points as the Wolverines downed the Warriors 58-36 in high school boys basketball Tuesday night in Graceville.
Adelman added 17 rebounds as CGB avenged a 6 point loss to the Warriors a month ago. Sam Adelman had 13 points six rebounds and three steals to gain Player of the Game honors. Caleb Cardwell added seven points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals for the winners.
Nelson Schmidt and Hunter Johnson each had 9 points to lead Wheaton/Herman-Norcross. Johnson added a team high six rebounds for the Warriors.
Hancock 80, West Central Area 56
HANCOCK – Noah Kannegiesser recorded his third straight 40-plus point performance to lead the Hancock Owls past West Central Area 80-56 on Tuesday night in Hancock.
Kannegiesser had 43 last Tuesday against Dawson-Boyd, 49 against Ortonville on Saturday, and scored 45 against the Knights in an unprecedented scoring tear for the junior. Kanegiesser hit eight three-pointers, at one point knocking down five consecutive to blow open an eight point game with just nine minutes left.
Andrew Shaw added 12 points for the Owls who improve to 15-5 on the season and will face Hillcrest on Thursday for the Pheasant Conference championship.
Logan Paulson had another big night for West Central with 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Knights suffer their fifth straight defeat and are 10-11.
Hillcrest Lutheran 62, Ortonville 56
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 56, Benson 34
MORRIS – The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers ended the regular season on a seven-game winning streak after their 56-34 win over Benson on Tuesday. Ashley Solvie had 14 points with nine rebounds, Correy Hickman scored 12 and Maddie Carrington chipped in with nine for the Tigers who head into the playoffs at 16-9.
The Tigers will host Yellow Medicine East in the quarterfinals of the 3AA-North Sub-Section on Saturday. Benson ends the regular season 0-23 and will face top-seed New London-Spicer on Saturday.
Minnewaska 59, Melrose 38
West Central Area 70, Brandon-Evansville 65
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 62, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 47