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Class 1A girls basketball semifinals: Top-ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl rallies past Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa

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Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa had top-ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl on the ropes in their Class A state semifinal at Williams Arena, up by 11 with 10 minutes to play. But the Rangers finished on an epic run.

Sage Ganyo had a game-high 23 points and four assists, and Jordan Zubich added 17 points and four assists as Mountain Iron-Buhl rallied to beat BBE, 61-57, at Williams Arena.

With her team training, 48-37, with 10 minutes left in the remaining, Zubich, a senior guard headed for North Carolina, made a 3-pointer to start an 18-2 run that put the Rangers ahead, 55-50, with 2:42 left on the clock.

Harley Roering hit a 3-pointer, her fourth of the game, to pull BBE within 57-53 with 59 seconds left, but the Rangers (29-3) closed the game by making 6 of 8 free throws to seal a championship matchup against BOLD on Saturday at Williams Arena. Tip is set for noon.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (25-5) closed to within 51-50 on a layup by senior guard Abby Berge, but the Rangers responded with seven straight points. Berge had 18 points and three assists for the Jaguars, who were attempting to make a return trip to the championship game after finishing as the runner-up in 2021.

Mountain Iron-Buhl has played in two Class A championship games, losing In 2012 and 2017 to finish as the runner-up.

BOLD 58, HAYFIELD 46

BOLD, the No. 3 seed in the Class A field, ensured that with a 58-46 victory over No. 2 Hayfield in the semifinals on Friday, March 17 at Williams Arena.

Junior forward Kenzie Visser scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots to power BOLD (26-5) to the championship game against top-seeded Mountain Iron-Buhl on Saturday. It will be the Warriors’ first championship appearance in three state tournament trips.

BOLD never trailed Friday on the way to its ninth straight victory. Sophomore guard Lainey Braulick led the way with a game-high 19 points, six assists and five steals.

Chelsea Christopherson had 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists for Gayfield (29-4), which had its 12-game winning streak snapped. Snior guard Josanne Tempel added 12 points.

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