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Lady Jays earn berth in national basketball tournament

The Minnesota West Lady Jays earned an automatic berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament by edging Anoka-Ramsey, 73-69, on Sunday night in the North Plains District B title game in Coon Rapids.

Tia Murray had team highs of 16 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota West, which improved to 17-12 overall on the season. The Lady Jays trailed by five at halftime, but outscored Anoka-Ramsey 20-13 in the third quarter and then built a five-point edge in the fourth before the Rams went on an 8-0 run to grab a three-point edge. Minnesota West, though, bounced back and now advances to the national tournament, which is scheduled for March 9-12 just down the road in Rochester.

MacKenzie Post and Macie Werdel added 11 points each for the Jays; Dannyn Peterson had nine points and Madisyn Huisman contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.

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