Girls basketball: JM gets No. 3 seed in 1AAAA playoffs

Rochester will have one team at home in the first round of the Section One, Class AAAA girls basketball playoffs beginning later this week.

John Marshall (19-7), which brings an 11-game winning streak into the playoffs, got the No. 3 seed and will have a quarterfinal game at home against No. 6 Farmington (10-16) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Lakeville North (17-9) gained the top seed again, despite a current two-game losing streak, and Big Nine Conference champion Owatonna (23-2) is the No. 2 seed.

Fifth seed Mayo (13-11) is on the road at No. 4 Northfield (10-15), and No. 7 Century (10-14) is at No. 2 Owatonna (23-2), which went unbeaten in the Big Nine Conference this season.

JM is looking to avenge a season-opening 64-57 non-conference loss at Farmington, against a Tigers team that has won only one of its last eight games. The Rockets are aiming for state for the first time since 2009.


Mayo has won four straight entering the postseason, but the Spartans lost by 10 points at Northfield five weeks ago and that explains the lower seeding. The Spartans are the defending section champions under second-year head coach Rich Decker.

Century enters the section tournament on a three-game losing skid, although all three were close single-digit defeats. Century hopes for a better outcome in its third meeting with Owatonna this season; the Huskies beat Century by 19 twice during the Big Nine Conference season. Century, coached by Chris Stenzel, has never won this section tournament.

Lakeville North opens at home against No. 8 Hastings (2-23) which has lost 10 straight and is allowing a section-high 65 points per game.

• Kasson-Mantorville (22-5) is the No. 1 seed in the Section 1AAA tournament and the KoMets will open the playoffs at home against No. 8 Stewartville (2-22) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

K-M has won two straight since falling to Kenyon-Wanamingo by seven in the HVL Conference championship game. The KoMets closed the regular season with a 37-point win at Stewartville, and also beat the Tigers by 41 in January.

Byron (14-12) is the No. 3 seed and is home against No. 6 Austin (8-15). Byron won its last three in the regular season, but did not meet the Packers this season.

In the other Section 1AAA quarterfinal games, No. 5 Waseca (13-12) is at No. 4 Albert Lea (10-16), and No. 7 Faribault (4-22) is at No. 2 Winona (15-11).

The semifinal round in both Section 1AAA and 1AAAA is Saturday, March 8, and the section finals are Friday, March 14.

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