Superlarks make big plays to hold off Trojans

Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

ROCHESTER — The No. 3 seeded Grand Meadow girls basketball team overcame an early hole and was able to hold off a late surge to beat No. 6 Rushford-Peterson 47-45 in a Section 1A quarterfinal in Mayo Civic Auditorium Tuesday night.

The Superlarks (22-6 overall) went one-for-five on free throws in the final minute, but they were able to force a couple of key turnovers to hold on. R-P (12-16 overall) had pulled to within 46-45 when Ellie Ekern scored with 6.7 seconds left in the game.

“Our girls were locked in and they seemed to have calmer minds in the last minute than they did in the first 37 minutes,” GM head coach Ryan Queensland said. “We had a number of players make big plays and big shots for us. You can talk about this atmosphere and the emotions, but until you actually play in it, you don’t know.”

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GM trailed by as many as nine in the first half, but it came out strong in the first half as sophomore Lexy Foster hit a three to bring GM within 26-25. Foster also drilled to big late three-pointer — one that put GM up 40-36 with 4:34 left and one that put GM up 43-36 with 3:01 left.

“If this would’ve happened last year, we would not have had the same response,” Foster said. “We showed composure and we were ready tonight.”

Foster finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three steals and Kendyl Queensland added eight points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Kendyl said GM had to stay focused when things were tough early on.

“We had to keep fighting,” she said. “We had to find that grit and we had to stay in our offense.”

The Superlarks will now play Kingsland in the Section 1A semifinals in Mayo Civic Center Auditorium at 4 p.m. Saturday.

RP 18  27  —  45

GM 24  23  —  47

GM scoring: Lexy Foster, 15; McKenna Hendrickson, 10; Kendyl Queensland, 8; Sydney Cotten, 7; Lauren Queensland, 5; River Landers, 2