Hayfield and Kenyon-Wanamingo Battle Again
For the first time this season in a Hayfield/Kenyon-Wanamingo match-up, the game didn't go into overtime. But it was still exciting.
Kenyon-Wanamingo got the sweep of Hayfield this season with a 55-49 win in the West Subsection Semifinal at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester on Tuesday night. Hayfield guard Jo Bungum picked up where she left off in her previous meeting against the Knights, scoring 12 first-half points to give her Vikings a 31-28 halftime lead. K-W had a 10-point lead in the first half, but saw that fade away. Hayfield led by as many as seven in the second half and saw that disappear.
Bungum was held to one second-half field goal. K-W had Mara Quam primarily guard her in the first half; in the second half Emily Ashland and Svannah Bleese got those duties and held her in check. In fact, the Vikings had just seven second-half field goals. With just a couple of minutes to go in regulation, it appeared the Knights were in command with an eight-point lead, but a missed shot and two turnovers later and it was a one-possession game.
K-W really had some problems with 1:34 to go when point guard Mara Quam fouled out and they had to scramble to get the ball up the floor. It looked like it may have been another overtime game. Their first meeting in Hayfield was a three-overtime game, and their second encounter in Kenyon was a two-overtime contest.
Senior Emily Ashland hit two free throws late to seal the win and finished with 13 points. Mara Quam led K-W with 16 points, and sophomore Megan Flom was our other Held Bus Service Knight of the night coming off the bench to provide seven huge points in the six-point victory. Jo Bungum finished with 20 points for Hayfield and senior Brett Zahnie tallied 13. Freshman Carrie Rutledge added 13. The future looks very bright for the Vikings, with some fantastic freshmen seeing action in Rochester.
Hayfield ended a very successful season 19-8. The 20-8 Knights will play Dover-Eyota for the Subsection title Saturday in Rochester. The No. 1-seed Eagles had no trouble with Rochester Lourdes 62-35. K-W will have their hands full. The Eagles are very good with a record of 26-2, their only losses to Kasson-Mantorville 61-49 and Plainview-Elgin-Millville 56-51. They also beat PEM 71-48 in Eyota.
Dover-Eyota has a pair of outstanding juniors. Guard Madison Nelson is 6-foot-1; post Megan Hintz is also 6-foot-1 and is a shot-blocking and shot-altering machine. Power 96 coverage on Saturday morning will be at 10:45. The two teams play in the more intimate Auditorium.