Redwood Valley advances in Section 3AA playoffs with win over JCC

A 21-11 run to end the game helped visiting Redwood Valley stun Jackson Co. Central 67-54 Monday night in Section 3AA-North quarterfinal action.

The Cardinals (8-18) had played the Huskies (15-9) tough in a pair of losses during the regular season but this time took an early double-digit lead and made it stand up.

“I thought the girls did a great job coming in focused and determined,” Coach Taya Kockelman said, “We had a great week of practice leading into that game and its great to see all the hard work paying off.”

The Cardinals raced out to a quick 18-7 lead but the Huskies would rally back to cut that deficit down to one and kept things close heading into the second half.

Leading 46-43 with just over six minutes to play, Nichele Mannz buried a three and a Haley Garman jumper would make it 51-45. The Huskies would cut the lead to 51-47 with five minutes to go but the Cards responded as Garman hit 1-of-2 from the line and Sydney Sommers would get a steal and lay-in to make it 54-47.  Josi Kodet then scored from inside on a feed from Amy Martius and a Sommers deuce put the Cards ahead for good 58-47.

“I thought we did a good job sharing the ball and finding scorers,” Kockelman said, “We kept their girls off the glass and didn’t let them get many second chances.”

The talented freshmen duo of Garman and Sommers led a balanced Redwood attack. Garman finished with a strong double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds and Sommers added 19 points (3-for-3 from long range), eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Mannz had a pair of three’s to finish with 18 points, six rebounds and two steals. Rose Frank had four points, Martius added three points and a team-high seven assists, Leah Irlbeck had two points and Kodet added two points and three boards.

Redwood Valley will now move on to face second-seed Martin Co. West (20-6) Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in Windom. The Mavericks topped Windom Area 56-39 but also recently dropped back to back games against Big South West foes Luverne and Worthington.

“It’s great for the girls to get a win in the playoffs,” Kockelman said, “We have a tough game coming up but I think we’ll be ready to go.”

Section 3AA-Qtrs

Redwood Valley 67,  JCC 54