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Girls Basketball Class A | Goodhue loses in quarterfinals

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The pain was evident on the players faces as Goodhue left the court after losing to Hancock Thursday at Williams Arena in the Class A quarterfinal.

MINNEAPOLIS — When you lose a close game at the state basketball tournament you can drive yourself crazy thinking of all the little things that might’ve made the outcome different.

Josh Wieme had that crazed look Thursday afternoon at Williams Arena, after his No. 1 ranked Goodhue girls basketball team relinquished a 10-point lead in the first half and lost 58-54 to Hancock in a Class A state quarterfinal game.

"There were a half-dozen things that went wrong; it’s hard to pick one thing," said a frustrated Wieme. "The bottom line is we’re all hurting; we’re pretty disappointed."

Goodhue used its full-court pressure defense to great effect in the first half, with a dozen Wildcats steals among Hancock’s 15 turnovers. The Wildcats scored three baskets on steals and transition layups, and generally made it hard for the Owls just to reach mid court.

Hancock head coach Jodi Holleman said her team averages just eight turnovers per game so this was new territory for the Owls.

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"We’re not used to getting pressed like that; usually that’s our game," she said. "I just think we panicked a bit."

Goodhue had a couple of eight-point leads in the first half and went up by 10 at 33-23 when reserve forward Allison Cordes made a pair of free throws with 2:36 left in the half.

Goodhue led 34-27 at the break with 18 points from its bench. Freshman guard Mikayla Miller sparked the Wildcats with 10 points and five steals in the first half.

But Hancock scored the first six points of the second half and just like that it was a game again. The Owls scored six straight at one point and suddenly had their biggest lead at 44-38 just 6 ½ minutes into the second half.

Read the complete Goodhue story in the print edition of Friday's Post-Bulletin.

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