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Girls state basketball roundup: Goodhue, Mountain Iron-Buhl advance to set up Class A title bout

CLASS A

Goodhue 63, Underwood 53

Elizabeth Gadient scored 22 points — including an 11-for-12 performance at the free-throw line — to go with 11 rebounds to lead the top-seeded Wildcats into the state title game.

Kendyl Lodermeier also had a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.

Goodhue led by 11 at the break, but fourth-seeded Underwood (28-4) — which downed second-ranked Hancock in its section final — pulled to within four with 10 minutes to play and was within six in the final minute. But Goodhue (27-5) put the game away at the free-throw line.

Elizabeth Lukken had 24 points and nine rebounds for Underwood.

Mountain Iron-Buhl 69, Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 50

Jordan Zubich had 31 points — highlighted by five 3-pointers — to push defending state champ Mountain Iron-Buhl back into the title game.

The second-seeded Rangers will play top-seeded Goodhue for the crown at noon Saturday. The two teams met in December, with Goodhue winning 67-62.

Zubich also had six assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Mountain Iron-Buhl (29-3) led by six early in the second half before going on a 20-7 run to essentially put the game away.

It’s a busy 24-hour stretch for Rangers coach Jeff Buffetta. After he guided the Rangers girls to Friday’s semifinal win, he had to quickly make his way to Hibbing to coach the Mountain Iron-Buhl boys team — which he also heads — in the Class A, Section 7 title game Friday night against Cherry, before making his way back to Minneapolis for Saturday’s state girls final.

Buffetta arrived in time for the boys game, but the Rangers fell in the section final.

Lily Hubin had 18 points and eight rebounds for third-seeded Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart (28-4), which was making its second state tournament appearance.

Class 2A

Providence Academy 92, Crosby-Ironton 54

Maddyn Greenway scored 30 points, going 11 for 11 from the free-throw line — to guide the Lions back to the state title game in their pursuit to defend their championship. The Class 2A title game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Greenway flirted with a triple-double with 10 assists and eight rebounds.

Four of Providence Academy’s five starters scored in double figures, including Arianna Peterson, who had 20 points and nine boards. The top-seeded Lions (27-4) shot 57 percent from the field and 42 percent from deep.

Tori Oehrlein tallied 35 points and 11 rebounds for fifth-seeded Crosby-Ironton (25-7).

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