Today’s girls basketball playoff game
Win-E-Mac (28-2) vs. Mountain Iron-Buhl (28-2)
What: Class A state tournament quarterfinal
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis
Outlook: The third-seeded Rangers are playing in their fourth straight and sixth overall state tournament. A pair of freshmen — Chelsea Mason at 17.9 points per game and Mya Buffetta at 14.3 — make the offense churn. Mason already has surpassed the 1,000-point career mark. Allie Knuti (10.5 ppg) and Lissy McCulloch (10.4) give MIB four double-digit scorers. Knuti, who will play collegiately at Bemidji State, also averages a team-high 8.9 rebounds. Built on defense, the Rangers are producing 17 steals per game while allowing opponents to score just 41.9 points per night. The Section 7A champs have won eight straight. … Win-E-Mac is unseeded in its third tournament appearance. The Patriots finished fourth a year ago. Seniors Shelby Kaster and Korbyn Ross have scored more than 2,000 and 1,000 career points, respectively, and Kaster also has more than 1,400 career rebounds. Another player, sophomore Madison McKeever, gives Win-E-Mac a third 1,000-point scorer. The school is located in Erskine, about 60 miles west of Bemidji. The Patriots, winners of Section 8A, are on a 10-game winning streak rife with blowouts, including a 73-38 thumping of Clearbrook-Gonvick in last week’s section final. After losing their season-opener, they have won 28 of 29.
Quotable: “Everybody down there is good enough to win it, including us. If we go down there and play our game, we’ll be fine.” — MIB coach Jeff Buffetta
Tickets: Adults, $14; students, $9