Zumbrota-Mazeppa seniors Lauren Miller and Lyndsey Quam scored 21 points each in a 66-59 overtime win over Caledonia in Rochester Tuesday night.  Miller scored 7 of the team's 11 overtime points in the Section 1AA quarterfinal round contest.

Caledonia was not allowed to play the vice grip type defense they thrive on.  Three of the Warrior players and one of the Cougars fouled out of the game.  All in the overtime.  Caledonia 5'10 junior Katie Tornstrom finished with 23 points to lead her team.

The Warriors finish their season 20-7 and will have a lot back next year.

The Cougars are now 20-6 and will play tournament top seed Stewartville Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. in the more intimate Auditorium in Rochester's Mayo Civic Center.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa appeared to be in control from the start of the game.  Caledonia had just one very brief lead in the first half.  25-24 at the 4:09 to mark.  The Cougars closed out the half on a 13-5 run to take a 37-30 lead at the half.

5'8 senior Lyndsey Quam had 15 first half points for Zumbrota-Mazeppa and 6'1 sophomore Ali Hunstad added 9 points at the break, finishing with 13.

The Cougars should have never seen this game go to overtime.  Head Coach Andy Bromeling told me following the game he never doubted his team would win but agreed their shot selection was not very good down the stretch.

Coach Bromeling told KDHL, "We are still learning about closing games" and added each step up the tournament ladder brings with it a new experience for his team.

In the previous game, top seed Stewartville pulled away from #9 seed Lake City to score a 59-49 win.

It was a foul infested affair and I didn't keep track but I'd be willing to bet Stewartville shot many more free throws than Lake City.

In the Zumbrota-Mazeppa win Tuesday night the Cougars were 11 of 19 from the free throw line and were 4 of 9 in the overtime.  Caledonia finished 7 of 9 from the free throw line.

Zumbrota-Mazeppa Huddle in Overtime at Mayo Civic Arena. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld