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Holy Angels fends off Fergus Falls in Class 3A quarterfinal

The four versus five quarterfinal lived up to its billing as No. 4 Holy Angels (22-7) snuck past No. 5 Fergus Falls (23-5) with a 58-57 win on Wednesday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The Stars head to the state semifinals and will play top seed DeLaSalle on Thursday, March 14 at noon at Williams Arena while the Otters will play Hibbing in the consolation semifinals on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul.

Fergus Falls had the final possession but couldn't get a shot off in the closing seconds.

Freshman Kassandra Caron led the Stars with 20 points on just 10 shots in 26 minutes off the bench, making 8-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the arc, adding four steals including the game-clinching steal at the horn.

Sophomore Francesca Vascellaro added 19 points and eight rebounds for Holy Angels.

Fergus Falls freshman guard Ellie Colbeck led the Otters with 20 points including five three-pointers, five assists and five rebounds. Senior Lily Pearson chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite the final score and the Otters having the final possession with a chance at a buzzer beater, the game featured only three ties and three lead changes. Each team also held substantial leads, with Fergus Falls leading by as many as eight midway through the first half while Holy Angels led by as many as 11 midway through the second.

The Stars used a 15-5 first half run to claim their first lead, 24-22 with just over five and a half minutes to play until the break and after holding a 26-23 lead, allowed the Otters to reclaim the edge with a 11-4 spurt to close out the half ahead 34-30.

Fergus Falls extended its lead back to seven (41-34) in the opening minutes of the second frame before Holy Angels sprinted away with a 17-0 run to claim the largest lead of the day, 52-41 with ten and a half minutes left in the contest.

Fergus Falls was able to chip away at the lead, though, facing a 58-50 deficit with under two and a half minutes left, scoring the game’s final seven points and forcing a Holy Angels turnover with just over 20 seconds to go before committing a turnover at the buzzer in the paint.

FF 34 23 - 57

HA 30 28 - 58

FF - Ellie Colbeck 20, Sam Evavold 15, Lily Pearson 14, Sabrina Fronning 8.

HA - Kassandra Caron 20, Francesca Vascellaro 19, Emma Mastre 7, Emma Henry 7, Rachel Kawiecki 3, Isabelle Henry 2.

Ada-Borup falls in state quarters

Heritage Christian Academy of Maple Grove defeated Ada-Borup 67-59 in the second Class A quarterfinal Thursday, March 14.

Heritage Christian Academy's Taylie Scott hit a half-court shot as the first half ended to give the Eagles a 37-29 advantage at the break.

The Eagles continued their dominance in the second half, but the Cougars pulled within 51-49 at 7:50 when Kora Kitzberger hit a two-pointer. From there, Heritage Christian Academy went on a 15-5 run which included three free throws from Taylor Schuck and another three-pointer from Scott.

Scott finished the game with 23 points. Kirstin Robbins and Schuck added 18 and 16 points, respectively for Heritage Christian Academy. Scott and Robbins also grabbed six rebounds apiece for the Eagles. Kitzberger finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Ada-Borup.

A-B   29 30 - 59

HCA 37 30 - 67

A-B - Kora Kitzberger 21, Rachel Arends 15, Mariah McKeever 10, Ivy Johnson 9, Madison Smart 4.

HCA - Taylie Scott 23, Kristin Robbins 18, Taylor Schuck 16, Jordyn Allen 6, Anika Millar 4.