Trevor Anderson scored 29 points in the Vikings subsection game against Medford. Twenty-one of his points came from seven three point shots. Hayfield beat Medford 70-57 advancing in the subsections with their next game against #2 seed Southland. Photo by Mary Nelson
By Chris Pack
Thursday, March 7, the Hayfield boys basketball team traveled to Mankato East High School to face the Southland Rebels in a sub-section semifinal. The Vikings jumped out to a quick start in the first half, led by their defense. They took a 26-18 lead to halftime.
After the Rebels scored the first basket of the second half, the Vikings answered with a 12-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 38-20. Southland battled back behind the strength of the three-point basket and whittled the lead to as little as three with a minute to go.
The Vikings made 7-10 free throws in the last couple minutes and sealed the victory by a score of 54-48.
The Vikings were led by Jeremy Stuart with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Trevor Anderson also scored 13 points, including 3-7 on threes.
Cole Kruger also added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
The Vikings out rebounded the Rebels 39-25.
Monday the Vikings traveled to Minnesota State University in Mankato to face top-seeded Maple River for the sub-section championship. The Eagles came into the game ranked #3 in the state.
Once again, the Vikings started strong behind some hot first half shooting. They made 6-10 three-pointers in the first half, leading to a 36-29 halftime score.
Maple River responded in the second half and took a 46-43 lead on a three-pointer. They took their biggest lead at 51-47, but Cole Kruger and Trevor Anderson made back-to-back threes to regain the lead at 53-51.
After a Brady Stevens basket made it 55-51, the Eagles scored two straight baskets to tie the game at 55.
Brady Kramer and Cole Kruger each made one of two at the line in the last couple minutes and the Vikings withstood a couple potential game-winning threes by the Eagles in the last 30 seconds to hold on for a 57-55 win.
The Vikings, now 21-7, will play St. Peter (24-4) on Friday at MSU with a trip to the class AA state tournament on the line.