Stewartville and Chatfield played a thrilling double-overtime game in the Boys Section 1AA Quarterfinals Friday night, while Kingsland played a strong second half to take down Southland in the Grils Section 1A Quarterfinals Saturday night.

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The #7 seeded Gophers played a very strong game against the #2 seeded Tigers and were led by senior Reid Johnson who finished with a game-high 32 points. Johnson's strong play helped the Gophers lead 37-30 at the break.

The Gophers and Tigers traded baskets throughout a majority of the second half, but strong play by Nolan Stier and Miles Hettinger for the Tigers allowed them to cut the lead down to one. After Drew Schindler went one-of-two at the free-throw line to make a two-point difference, Stier drove into the lane and tied the game at 70 at the buzzer to force overtime.

After the Tigers and Gophers each scored four points in the first extra session, Kaleb Hellickson stepped up for the Tigers.

Hellickson hit two 3-pointers in the second overtime to give the Tigers a big boost. From there, Stewartville was able to get the job done at the free-throw line to secure the 85-77 win.

Tschetter led the way for Stewartville with 27 points, even after fouling out of the game with just over 7 minutes to go in the second half. The Gophers got great play from Reid and Cole Johnson, and Schindler. The entire team brought a ton of energy and played hard throughout.

The Tigers advanced to the Section 1AA Semifinals and will take on the #3 seed Lake City Tigers. The other Section 1AA Semifinal will be #1 seeded Caledonia, who will take on #4 Plainview-Elgin-Millville. The Warriors vs. Bulldogs match-up will be broadcasted on 103.1 KFIL on Monday night.

In Section 1A quarterfinals, #4 Rushford-Peterson took down #12 Wabasha-Kellogg 54-28, and #1 seeded Southland took down #8 Lanesboro 68-30. The Trojans and Rebels will meet in the Section 1A Semifinals Monday night, and the action will be on FUN 104.3. The other semifinal will feature #2 Lyle-Pacelli taking on #3 Hayfield.

Saturday night featured another great matchup in a Section 1A Girls Quarterfinal, as #3 Kingsland took down #6 Southland 61-51. The Knights and Rebels both played incredibly hard throughout the game, but the Knights were able to push their way to the win behind stellar play from Ellie Buchholtz and Shelby Beck.

The Rebels led at the half 26-25 and were played really well defensively throughout the game. Larissa Goslee, Kelsey Mensink, Bailey Johnson, and Kayla Nelson all played strong games for Southland.

Kingsland was just able to put a run together by forcing turnovers and quickly turning it into offense to take the lead. The Knights had their first lead of the game in the second half when Buchholtz converted a 3-point play, to give the Knights a 37-36 lead. Kingsland held on from there to get the win and advance to the Section 1A Semifinals.

The Knights will take on #2 Blooming Prairie Tuesday night, the game will be broadcasted on FUN 104.3. The other semifinal will feature #1 seeded Houston, who took down #8 Fillmore Central in the quarterfinals 61-52, against #4 seeded Hayfield, which will be broadcasted on 103.1 KFIL.

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