Prep report: Hill, Giants knock off defending champion Eskomos
Ava Hill scored 26 points as Mesabi East rallied to knock off defending Section 7AA champion Esko 65-55 in the semifinals on Wednesday night at Romano Gym.
Hill finished with four 3-pointers as the Giants overcame a 28-21 halftime deficit by outscoring the Eskomos 44-27 in the second half while making 19 of 26 free throws. Hannah Hannuksela added 18 points for Mesabi East (23-6), which advances to play Proctor for the section championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Romano.
It's the first time since the 2008-09 season that Esko has not played for the section title.
Macy Sunnarborg (15 points), Bridget Yellin (13), Kristy DeMuth (11) and Hannah Stark (10) all reached double figures in scoring for Esko (19-10), which downed Mesabi East 81-54 during the regular season.
Proctor 62, Pequot Lakes 43
Eve Turner scored 22 points as the Rails used a big second half to pull away for the Section 7AA semifinal win at Romano Gym.
Sam Parendo added 12 points and Sam Pogatchnik added 11 for Proctor (23-6), which has won seven straight and 15 of its past 16.
Olivia Lane had 19 points to lead Pequot Lakes (18-11).
Duluth East 50
Luke Malamisuro and Micah Ladd had 12 points apiece to lead a balanced effort for the second-seeded Bluejackets (18-9) in the Section 7AAA quarterfinals in Cambridge, Minn.
Noah Winesett and Isiah Hendrickson had 11 points apiece for seventh-seeded East, which finished the season 6-12.
South Ridge 72
Tyler Kelley scored 24 points, connecting on four of his team's 13 3-pointers as the host Wrens took the Section 7A first-round win.
Eli Krisak had 22 points and Randy Wimmer chipped in 17 for top-seeded Wrenshall (24-2), while Nick Carlson had 18 points to lead eighth-seeded South Ridge (9-17).
Silver Bay 66, Fond du Lac 63
Jason Blood's 20 points led four Silver Bay players in double figures as the third-seeded Mariners held on for the home win by connecting on 14 of 23 free throws.