The Goodhue Wildcats are keeping their fans interested in every second of the game. Goodhue converted turnovers into points late and hit some crucial free throws in a come from behind win over Menagha 47-43 Friday.  The Wildcats trailed by 9 points with 11:43 to go and were behind by 7 at the 8:54 mark before they made their move.

Survivor game one Goodhue defeated Mountain Iron-Buhl by holding the Rangers off for the victory following a double digit lead.  Survivor game two Friday Goodhue trailed most of the game then implemented their lock down vice grip defense getting points off turnovers, before sealing the win with clutch free throw shooting.

Goodhue started the game up 5-0 before Menagha took the lead in a first half with two ties and five lead changes.  There were 5 ties total in the game and 10 lead changes according to the official statistics.

With 8:54 to go the Braves were up 37-30.  Goodhue took a 38-37 lead with 4:48 to go.  There were four lead changes the rest of the way.  With 47 seconds left it was tied at 43 thanks to freshman Joslyn Carlson making one of two free throws for the Wildcats.  Menagha freshman Greta Hilukka missed a free throw with 34 seconds to go.  Goodhue senior Kate Opsahl got the rebound and I thought the Wildcats would hold for the last shot but Carlson attacked the basket and scored with a layup to make the score Goodhue up 45-43.  She was fouled, but missed the free throw.

Following a Menagha time out the Braves missed a two point shot to tie and Opsahl grabbed another rebound passed the ball to Arianna Thomforde with just over 3 seconds to go.  The sophomore made both free throws to seal the win and send the Wildcats to the state championship game Saturday against top ranked Minneota.

Goodhue senior Lexie Lodermeier led the way with 16 points, 7 rebounds in 32 minutes, playing a long time with 3 fouls.  Carlson had 15 points, 5 rebounds in 31 minutes and Thomforde finished with 12 points and 4 crucial steals in 27 minutes.

The stats of the game 19 Menagha turnovers and 10 for Goodhue.  Senior Kate Opsahl played every second of the game with two prime time rebounds late, 4 total.  The Wildcats had 11 assists on 21 field goals.

Menagha's record is now 30-2 and the 26-6 Goodhue Wildcats play Noon Saturday with the game on KDHL, 920AM, tell your relatives across the world they can listen on the FREE KDHL app.  It really is the way to tune in for static free enjoyment.

Minneota trailed late in their game against Heritage Christian Academy before making a run with threes and hitting free throws down the stretch to win 55-50.  The Vikings are trying to win a state volleyball and basketball title in the same season.

Minneota has not lost to a Minnesota team this season.  Their only loss came against a South Dakota school, Brandon Valley 59-39.  Man would I love to see that team play.

The Vikings have no players over 6 feet tall but 5'10 senior Lydia Sussner is very athletic.  Sussner had 13 points, 11 rebounds in their victory.  Sophomore guard 5'9 Abby Hennen tallied 20 points with a 7 for 7 performance at the free throw line.


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