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Hawley, Breckenridge advance to subsection final

Olivia Olson led the Hawley Nuggets over Perham in the subsection semifinals Saturday at Concordia College. Photos by Robert Williams/FOCUS

MOORHEAD – Hawley shooting guard Olivia Olson’s dad is a pastor in Hawley, Minn.

Olson wasn’t sure how her 3-pointer slammed against the backboard and fell through the net in Hawley’s 49-38 win over Perham in the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 South sub-section semifinals on Saturday. She figured having a pastor for a dad certainly didn’t hurt.

“That could have helped,” Olson said. “I definitely could see God helping on that shot. I just kind of threw it up and hoped it would go in.”

The 3-pointer was part of a 17-6 second-half run for Hawley and a game-high 17 points for Olson.

“We came out with a plan,” Olson said. “I just executed that. We did everything we could. We got down a little bit, but then we picked it up.”

Top-seeded Hawley saw a 30-20 lead fall to 30-28 thanks to an 8-0 run from Perham in the second half. Nuggets coach Bill Gottenborg called a timeout and went to some movie quotes to inspire his team. The Nuggets had watched “Believe in Me” on Friday. Gottenborg is no movie expert, but he knows his basketball dramas.

“There’s not that many basketball movies for girls,” Gottenborg said. “There’s ‘Hoosiers,’ but that’s for boys. In the movie, they talked about playing with heart, so I just told them to play with heart. We got a lot of heart.”

Hard to question a coach who picked up win No. 518 Saturday, moving him one win behind 10th place all time in Minnesota high school girls basketball history. Gottenborg had no idea of the milestone approaching. He’s just trying to get Hawley to the section championship.

“We got a lot of confidence right now,” Gottenborg said. “We’re having a lot of fun and the girls are playing hard.”

Winning 14 straight would give any team confidence, and Hawley came out with it Saturday, opening the game with a 15-4 run and taking a 26-17 lead into halftime. The Nuggets pushed it to 30-20 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Perham came back with a 3-pointer from Tina Scheidecker, a layup from Maria Rutten and a 3-point play from Analea Erickson to pull within two.

Hawley (20-6) used its movie inspiration to answer with a 17-6 run to shut the door.

“The kids really showed a lot of heart and character by coming out strong and playing good defense,” Gottenborg said. “Perham made it close, but our defense stepped up.”

Analea Erickson led Perham with 10 points. Freshman Josie Beachy scored nine; Maria Rutten was held scoreless in the first half and finished with eight points.

Hawley will take on No. 2-seeded Breckenridge on Tuesday at Memorial Auditorium at 7:45 p.m.

H (20-6): Noreen 0 2-3 2, Olson 7 1-1 17, Ellefson 5 1-1 11, Hovelson 3 4-5 10, Laddusaw 2 2-2 7, Mattfeld 1 0-0 2.

P (12-15): Scheidecker 2 0-0 5, Miller 1 0-0 2, Von Ruden 1 1-2 3, Rutten 4 0-2 8, Erickson 4 1-1 10, Beachy 1 6-6 9, Roberts 0 1-3 1.

Halftime: H 26, P 17. 3-pointers: Olson 2, Laddusaw 1, Scheidecker 1, Erickson 1. Total fouls: H 16, P 15. Rebounds: H 19 (Hovelson 6), P 20 (Von Rude and Erickson 5).

Breckenridge 57, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 48

There was nothing pretty in the first half of Saturday’s Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 South sub-section semifinal girls basketball game at Memorial Auditorium. Breckenridge and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton committed 23 fouls, shot 11-of-31 from the free-throw line and committed 25 turnovers in the opening frame.

In March, the only stat that matters is the final score and Breckenridge won that stat, knocking off Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

“That was a lot of work,” Breckenridge coach Dennis Sumption said of the first half.

Breckenridge took a 25-18 lead into halftime, but D-G-F (9-15) opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take a 29-25 lead.

“We said at halftime that we couldn’t let them have a run,” said Breckenridge sophomore guard Ally Christensen, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. “Well, that didn’t happen. We just had to keep them from getting the ball.”

Breckenridge (14-10) came back with a 14-0 run of their own and never trailed from there. The Cowboys will take on top-seeded Hawley in the sub-section championship.

“They are so darned discipline and so fundamentally sound that they just will not beat themselves and won’t give you many opportunities,” Sumption said of Hawley. “We will need error-free basketball to hang on.”

B (14-10): Dahlgren 2 4-9 8, Conzemius 4 1-2 9, Beyer 4 3-6 11, Christensen 5 0-0 10, Fredericksen 3 4-5 10, Bommersbach 1 0-0 2, Engen 0 2-4 2, LeNoue 2 1-4 5. Totals 21 15-30 57.

D (9-15): Reno 2 2-3 6, Brenna 3 0-1 9, Steichen 5 0-3 13, Mercil 3 3-8 10, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Feigum 2 0-0 5, Molstre 0 2-2 2, Honek 0 1-3 1. Totals 16 8-20 48.

Halftime: B 25, D 18. 3-pointers: Brenna 3, Steichen 3, Mercil 1, Feigum 1. Total fouls: B 19, D 24. Rebounds: B 42 (LeNoue 9), D 20 (Honek 5).

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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