As the local girls basketball regular season winds down, the boys basketball playoffs are starting to heat up. The OHS girls lost at Century 69-58.

Tied at 36-36 at the half, the Huskies were outscored 33-22 in the second half. Owatonna had just one player in double figures with Syd Schultz, who scored 15 points and grabbed about a dozen rebounds. The Kottke Jewelers diamond players of the game were Kirstin Pumper and Millie Wanous for providing a spark off the bench. Owatonna (14-11, 12-9 in the Big Nine) wraps up the regular season Thursday hosting Mankato East at 7:30PM on KRFO AM 1390.

The NRHEG boys basketball team won its 2AA South Subsection opener 58-38 over Blue Earth Area. The Panthers tangle with Waterville-Elysian-Morristown on Friday in the subsection semifinals at Mankato East High School at 7:45PM. The Bucs swept NRHEG during the regular season.

Top-seed Maple River beat Medford 63-26 and St. James Area topped Fairmont 55-50. Those two will meet at 6PM Friday night. The subsection final is Monday, February 29, at MSU-Mankato.

Boys basketball 2AAA quarterfinal action Tuesday saw Faribault whip Mankato West 73-51, top-seed Marshall slammed New Ulm 85-38, Mankato East dominated Worthington 74-40 and Waseca sailed by Hutchinson 82-50. The winners advance to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter on Saturday for the semifinals.