Lions take no. 11 seed into section tourney

By : 
Lee Epps

The Spring Grove girls (10-11) received the No. 11 seed among 19 teams as the Section 1A Tournament opens this week. After three play-in games on Tuesday of this week, it becomes a 16-team bracket with eight games on Thursday, Feb. 21, including the Lions’ visit to No. 6 Kingsland (15-9).

The Knights, who shared the SEC East Division championship with No. 7 Houston, have twice defeated Spring Grove this season, including last week's 80-42 decision at Spring Valley and an earlier 65-46 victory at Spring Grove.

The winner of this third face-off will advance to a Feb. 25 quarterfinal against the survivor of No. 3 Hayfield, No. 14 Mabel-Canton and No. 19 Bethlehem Academy.

The top seeds are No. 1 Grand Meadow (23-1), No. 2 Goodhue (19-6), No. 3 Hayfield (17-8) and No. 4 Lyle/Pacelli (18-4). 

The top two seeds, Grand Meadow and Goodhue, are also state-ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

There is no longer a sub-section format, replaced by one large section bracket. The intention is to make more likely that the top two teams meet in the section championship game. This year, for example, the top four seeds would all have been in the same sub-section under the former sub-section format.

The downside is the possibility of longer travel distances in the early rounds, which are hosted by the higher seeds. The Bethlehem Academy girls are making a longer trip from Faribault to Mabel than they likely would have in the sub-section format. Wabasha-Kellogg will have a long bus ride to face Lyle/Pacelli.


Section 1A Tournament - GIRLS BASKETBALL

    Feb. 19 

#19 Bethlehem Academy at #14 Mabel-Canton

#18 Lanesboro at #15 LeRoy-Ostrander

#17 Schaeffer Academy at #16 Rushford-Peterson


    Thursday, Feb. 21 (7 p.m.)

R-P or Schaeffer at #1 Grand Meadow

#9 Randolph at #8 Blooming Prairie

13 Wabasha-Kellogg at #4 Lyle/Pacelli

#12 Southland at #5 Fillmore Central

L-O or Lanesboro at #2 Goodhue

#10 Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons at #7 Houston

BA or M-C at #3 Hayfield

#11 Spring Grove at #6 Kingsland


Monday, Feb. 25 –quarterfinals at Rochester 

6 p.m. (Houston or AC/GE) vs. (Goodhue or L-O or Lanesboro)

7:30 p.m. (Kingsland or SG) vs. (Hayfield or M-C or Bethlehem Academy)


Tuesday, Feb. 26 - quarterfinals at Rochester

6 p.m. (GM or R-P or Schaeffer) vs. Blooming Prairie or Randolph)

7:30 p.m. (L/P or W-K) vs. (Fillmore Central or Southland)


Saturday, March 2– Semi-finals at Rochester 4 & 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 7 – finals at Rochester 6 p.m.