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JCC boys off to Section 3AA boys hoops title game

The Jackson County Central boys basketball team advanced to the Section 3AA championship game after a 59-46 triumph over Redwood Valley in the South Subsection finals Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University.


The Huskies, seeded second in the South Subsection, topped the No. 1-seeded Cardinals thanks to a strong start that resulted in a 28-9 first-half JCC advantage. The Huskies went on a 16-0 surge during the opening half and stayed ahead from there to earn a spot in Thursday’s Section 3AA title tilt against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta, which will tip off at 8 p.m. at SMSU.


Roman Voss topped JCC in scoring with 16 points while Grant Freking added 15, Weston Rowe 13 and Ben Gallagher 11. The Huskies are now 20-7 on the year.




Also in boys basketball Saturday night, In the South Subsection final of Section 3A, top-seed Hills-Beaver Creek led 28-21 at halftime but wound up falling 64-54 to Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at SMSU.


The Patriots conclude their season with a record of 19-9. R-T-R, meanwhile, will face Central Minnesota Christian on Thursday night with a state tournament berth on the line.




Southwest Minnesota Christian will represent Section 3A in next week’s Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament after the Eagles dominated the second half and topped Minneota 58-38 on Friday night in the sectional championship game at SMSU in Marshall.


Minneota had captured the section title the last six years in a row, but the Eagles – ranked 10th in the state – throttled the ninth-ranked Vikings in the second half and held them to just 13 total points.


Jocelyn Barron paced Southwest Minnesota Christian with team highs of 19 points and 22 rebounds; the Eagles outrebounded Minneota 42-25. Ana Veldkamp contributed 16 points as the Eagles moved to 28-2 on the season. One of the losses was 57-53 to the Vikings back on Feb. 6.


Southwest Minnesota Christian has been seeded fifth in the state Class A tournament and will play its first game at 1 p.m. Thursday at Maturi Pavilion against fourth-seeded Underwood. If the Eagles win, their next opponent would be either Mayer Lutheran or top-seeded Goodhue in the semifinals at noon Friday at Williams Arena. The state championship game is noon Saturday at Williams Arena.


In another state qualifying game Friday night, New London-Spicer advanced to state for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five years by scoring 55 first-half points on its way to defeating Windom 80-40 at SMSU.  New London-Spicer is the fourth seed in the state AA tournament and opens play there Wednesday night.


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