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Hancock upsets top-ranked Goodhue in state tournament

Hancock player Ilissa Koehl (25) reaches for the ball against Goodhue player Mikayla Miller (13) during the first half of the game.1 / 2
Hancock player Aria Walstad (4) fights for the ball against Goodhue Wildcat Mikayla Miller (13) at the Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Thursday, March 17.2 / 2

Hancock upset the top-ranked Goodhue girls' basketball team in the first round of the Class A State Tournament Thursday at Williams Arena.

The Owls, now 27-2, play the winner of Maranatha Christian Academy at noon in Friday's semifinal round at the Target Center. Maranatha Christian defeated Minneota 49-43 on Thursday.

Goodhue, ranked No. 1 in Class A entering the tournament, finished 27-5.

After trailing by as many as 10 in the first half, the Owls cut the lead to seven, 34-27, by halftime. The Owls used a 17-4 run to start the second half.

The Owls held Goodhue to 20 second-half points and four points in the final four minutes of the game. The Owls' Kendra Schmidgall hit a 3-pointer with 5:10 left to put the Owls up one, and Hancock hit seven fouls shots in the final minutes to ice the game.

Kendra Schmidgall had a double-double to lead the Owls with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Illisa Koehl also had 19 points. Courtney Greiner had 11 points. Aria Walstad had four, Abby Ascheman had three, and Shae Brown had two.

See the Sun Tribune Web site for more information and photographs from Thursday's game.