Goodhue girls finish third at state with comeback win; Hayfield lands fourth in Class A

Goodhue fell behind early but then pounced on Minnehaha Academy en route to a decisive win in the girls tournament third-place game.

Caledonia, Goodhue Section 1AA girls basketball championship
Goodhue’s Elisabeth Gadient takes a shot during a Section 1AA girls basketball championship game against Caledonia on Friday, March 10, 2023, at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Gadient was one of the keys to the Wildcats' third-place win Saturday in the state tournament at Concordia University, St. Paul.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin

ST. PAUL — Goodhue finished its season in style, knocking off Minnehaha Academy 79-68 on Saturday in the Class AA state girls basketball third-place game at Concordia University, St. Paul.

It was a comeback win for the Wildcats as they trailed 27-12 midway through the first half. But Goodhue went on a big run to take a 37-34 lead into halftime.

Goodhue was the No. 2 seed in the tournament, Minnehaha Academy No. 5.

Point guard Elisabeth Gadient, forward Kendyl Lodermeier and forward Tori Miller all had huge games for the Wildcats. Gadient finished with 27 points and nine rebounds, Lodermeier 20 points and 10 rebounds and Miller 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Goodhue hit 27 of 38 free throws.


Goodhue finished its season 29-4 overall. Minnehaha Academy, which was led by Angel Hill’s 20 points, ended 23-9.

Goodhue 79, Minnehaha Academy 68
Cupito 10 P, 2 3-PT; Hill 20 P; Mack 15 P, 1 3-PT; Allen 5 P, 1 3-PT; Reuben 14 P.
Natalie Thomforde 2 P; Tori Miller 17 P, 15 R; Kendyl Lodermeier 20 P, 10 R, 1 3-PT; Elisabeth Gadient 27 P, 9 R, 2 3-PT; Ava Wallaker 5 P, 1 3-PT; Jada Scheele 7 P, 6 R.
Halftime: GOOD 37, MA 34.
Free throws: MA 12-19, GOOD 27-38.
Three-point goals: MA 4, GOOD 4.


Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 65, Hayfield 54

ST. PAUL — For the second straight year, the Hayfield girls basketball team landed fourth in the state tournament.

This time it was No. 5 seed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa that knocked off the No. 2-seeded Vikings in the third-place game, winning 65-54 at Concordia University, St. Paul.

Hayfield point guard Kristen Watson had her best game of the tournament, finishing with 21 points. Natalie Beaver added 13.

BBE led 35-27 at halftime.

Hayfield finished its season a sparkling 29-5. It beat Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in overtime in the quarterfinals, then lost to BOLD before falling to B-B-E.

The Vikings will return the bulk of their team next year, including All-State players Beaver and Watson.


Hayfield has gone 61-7 over the last two seasons.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 65, Hayfield 54
BBE (65)
Thieschafer 6 P; Fischer 15 P, 2 3-PT; Schwighammer 16 P; Dingmann 4 P; Hofmann 2 P; Halvorson 2 P; Hagen 3 P; Berge 17 P, 1 3-PT.
Kristen Watson 21 P, 2 3-PT; Chelsea Christopherson 2 P; Jojo Tempel 8 P, 2 3-PT; Natalie Beaver 13 P, 1 3-PT; Reese O’Malley 2 P; Kenna Selk 4 P, 1 3-PT; Alexys Swygman 2 P; Betsy Gillette 2 P.
Halftime: BBE 35, HAY 27.
Free throws: BBE 12-24, HAY 8-11.
Three-point goals: BBE 3, HAY 6.

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