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One Win from the State Tournament

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One Win from the State Tournament

Photo by Rich Fink

Photo by Rich Fink

Photo by Rich Fink

Holy Family girl’s basketball will be playing in the section finals for the fourth straight year. They are hoping to make it back to state after their prior appearance in 2016.

Saturday

After securing a first round bye as the #1 ranked team in their section, the Fire played the #8 seed, Southwest Christian on Saturday afternoon. The Fire jumped off to an early 12-3 lead which was pushed to a 34-15 lead by halftime. Leigh Steiner lead the scorers with 8 at halftime.

Holy Family extended the lead early in the second half. A three pointer by Fink and an assist from Steiner to Bowlin had the lead blossom to 50-24 with just under 11 minutes to go. Southwest Christian made a small run towards the end of the game but it wasn’t enough as Holy Family won the game 56-39.

Seniors Grace Conroy and Leigh Steiner lead the scoring with 12 and 10 respectively. Juniors Abbey Fink and Grace Elander both chipped in 7 a piece as well. The fire moved on to play the #5 seed, Providence Academy, on Tuesday.

Tuesday

The Fire dispatched the Lions in their December regular season match with a score of 57-46. The Lions came into the game looking for revenge, but the Fire did not allow that. Holy Family came storming out of the gates on an 8-1 run with 3 breakaway lay-ups from Steiner. Maggie Murphy kept Providence in the game, accounting for every one of the first 11 points scored by the Lions. The Lions managed to battle their way back to a 16-17 deficit before the Fire went on a big run to end the half. The half finished 29-19 in Holy Family’s favor.

The second half was just as competitive as the 1st had been. The Lions lacked outside shooting so with just under 11 minutes left to go in the game, Providence Academy had 0 made field goals outside of the lane. Holy Family would go on to win this game 53-44 despite a game-high 24 points from Murphy for the Lions.

Steiner finished with 18 points for the Fire with Senior Anna Vakulskas adding an additional 11. Julia Geurs scored 8 and Grace Elander contributed 7.

Friday

The Fire will play the Annandale Cardinals on Friday, March 8th after the Cardinals beat Marantha 69-65 in the Semi-Finals. The regular season match-up between the Fire and the Cardinals resulted in a 59-52 win for the Fire. The game will be played at St. Cloud State University. Come support the Fire as they attempt to continue their journey to Target Center.

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