The Cougars raced out to a big first half lead and defeated the Huskies 71-55 Wednesday in the Section 1AAAA quarterfinals at South High School in Lakeville.

South, the No. 3 seed, drilled nine three-pointers in the first half on their way to a 48-23 advantage at the break. The Huskies outscored the Cougars after halftime, but the damage was done and Owatonna's season ended with a 14-13 record. The seniors on the Huskies' roster includes Nick Raichle, Alex Emanuelson, Jake Borchert, Mason Thein and Eli Havelka. The Cougars face No. 2 seed Rochester JM Saturday at 2:45PM at the Mayo Civic Center Arena.

Scoreboard for Wednesday, February 24
Boys basketball
Section 1AAAA quarterfinals
Lakeville South 71, Owatonna 55
Rochester JM 71, Rochester Mayo 41
Lakeville North 94, Rochester Century 42
New Prague 53, Farmington 40

Section 1AAA quarterfinals
Red Wing 75, Albert Lea 45
Winona 71, Kasson-Mantorville 49
Northfield 71, Byron 62
Austin 68, Stewartville 33

Saturday, February 27, schedule at Mayo Civic Center Arena in Rochester
Lakeville North vs. New Prague, 1PM
Lakeville South vs. Rochester JM, 2:45PM
Red Wing vs. Winona, 6:30PM
Austin vs. Northfield, 8:15PM

Boys hockey
Section 1A final
Mankato West 1, Northfield 0 (The Scarlets advance to state.)

Thursday, February 25
Section 1AA final at Rec Center in Rochester
Lakeville North vs. Farmington, 7PM