Hayfield girls overcome slow start to beat Burros

Published 6:40 pm Saturday, March 5, 2022

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The No. 1 seeded Hayfield girls basketball team survived an early scare to beat No. 8 Lanesboro (19-8 overall) 60-49 in Mayo Civic Center Saturday.

McKenna Chick hit a three-pointer to put the Vikings up by four with six minutes left in the game and Kristen Watson hit a three to put the team up six.

Hayfield trailed by 13 in the first half, but it responded with a 13-0 run to tie the game at halftime.

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“Natalie Beaver was huge in that run and she hit back to back three-pointers to get us going,” Hayfield head coach Kasey Krekling said. “It was an ugly start.”

Hayfield (29-0 overall) will play either Grand Meadow or Kingsland in the Section 1A title game in Mayo Civic Center at 6 p.m. Thursday. The winner goes onto the state tournament.

Hayfield’s last state tournament was in 2008. Krekling graduated from Hayfield in 2007.

Hayfield scoring: Kristen Watson, 25; Natalie Beaver, 18; Aine Stasko, 10; McKenna Chick, 3; Chelsea Christopherson, 2; Ava Carney, 2