A win over Farmington in late January probably is why Owatonna is hosting the Tigers in the playoffs Wednesday instead of traveling to the Twin Cities.

Farmington jumped out to an early lead that night, but OHS rallied to win 64-59. Owatonna (18-8) has a strong balance of inside presence with junior Sydney Schultz, who has climbed to fifth on the all-time scoring list at OHS, and multiple players who can hit three-pointers. Farmington (12-14) is 6-2 in games outside the rugged South Suburban Conference, including a win over Big Nine co-champion Rochester Mayo. The Tigers split with Lakeville South, whom Owatonna beat early in the season.

Game time Wednesday is 7PM with coverage on KRFO AM 1390. The winner advances to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester for a contest with the winner of top-seed Lakeville North and Rochester Century on Saturday at 6:30PM. The other Section 1AAAA quarterfinals have Lakeville South at New Prague and Rochester JM at Mayo.

The Owatonna boys lost at Mankato East on Tuesday 60-43. The Cougars led 25-17 at the half. Jay Sullivan led OHS with 12 points, while Dalton Kubista and Jason Williamson had 10 apiece. Williamson added five rebounds and a couple of blocked shots. OHS closes out the regular season Friday night hosting Mankato West on Kat Kountry 105FM.

Tuesday scoreboard, February 28
Boys basketball
Mankato East 60, Owatonna 43
Northfield 72, Red Wing 54
Rochester Mayo 59, Winona 57

Girls basketball
Section 2AA, south subsection
NRHEG 53, St. James 23
WEM 67, Fairmont 59
Maple River 60, Medford 45
Blue Earth Area 62, LCWM 42
Section 2AAA quarterfinals
Faribault 37, Marshall 28
New Ulm 74, Worthington 34
Mankato West 59, Jordan 55
Waseca 55, Mankato East 41
Section 1AA quarterfinals
Winona Cotter 54, Plaineview-Elgin-Millville 52
Kenyon-Wanamingo 55, Pine Island 40
Section 1A, west subsection semifinals
Goodhue 82, Faribault Bethlehem Academy 36
Lyle-Pacelli 57, Grand Meadow 22