Warriors Headed Back To 6A Title Game With Sub-Section Championship Win 07 Mar 17

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MORRIS – Wheaton/Herman-Norcross is going back to section 6A championship game after winning the south sub-section title with a 46-28 win over Parkers Prairie on Tuesday at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Trailing 5-3 early, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run to take control of the game and never trailed again. They used a full-court press to force 12 first half turnovers by the Panthers to disrupt their offense while keeping possession of the ball, and controlling the pace. 

The Warriors held the Panthers to just 27 percent shooting in the first half while getting timely buckets from Emma Schmidt and Hannah Gail to take a five-point lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Warriors defense was even better, as the Panthers opened the half hitting just one of their first ten shots, and finishing the game shooting just 24 percent. As the game wore on, the Warriors lead continued to grow, and the Panther trio of Megan Benzinger, Faith Alberts, and Veronica Schwartz, who combined for 43 points against Hancock in the south semifinals on Saturday, were held to a combined 15 points on Tuesday night.

Emma Schmidt filled up the stat sheet once again for Wheaton/Herman-Norcross with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals to earn player of the game honors. Hannah Gail hit three 3-pointers on her way to 15 points, and Briona Edwards added six points with five rebounds.

Anna Rinke and Madisyn Braaten combined for seven points and 12 rebounds as the Warriors remain undefeated at 29-0. They head back to the section 6A championship for a rematch with Ada-Borup who defeated New York Mills on Tuesday for the north sub-section title 48-40.The Warriors defeated the Cougars for last year’s section title in a 54-52 thriller.

The Warriors and Cougars will play on Friday night at 7:00 from Concordia-Moorhead.

Alberts led the Panthers with 11 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots as their season ends with a 22-7 record.

Story by Brett Miller-Sports Director at KMRS/KKOK Radio