DeAnna “D.D.” Winston’s eyes were red. The Hopkins senior guard had just played a full game despite missing Tuesday’s quarterfinal because of a 103-degree fever. Despite feeling less than perfect, Winston said she never doubted her ability to play Thursday.
“I really wanted to play Tuesday, and I would have if it hadn’t been contagious,” she said. “But I knew I would play because I practiced [Wednesday]. The only problem was I was having trouble breathing.”
Struggling with her breath, Winston made four of six free throws in the game’s final minute to hold off Eastview’s desperate charge.
“She has the heart of a warrior,” Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff said.
Steals record falls
Mountain Iron-Buhl senior guard Chelsea Mason doesn’t recall Braham legend Rebekah Dahlman. Her prep career was just getting underway when Dahlman’s was concluding.
“I watched her play once,” Mason said. “I really don’t know too much about her.”
Mason broke Dahlman’s state career record for steals by a girls’ basketball player when she came up with her 909th in the Rangers’ 65-49 victory over Southwest Minnesota Christian in the Class 1A quarterfinals Thursday at Mariucci Arena. Dahlman, the state’s all-time leading scorer with 5,060 points, held the steals mark of 908 set in 2013.
“She’s the catalyst for the style of defense we play,” Rangers coach Jeff Buffetta said. Mason finished with 23 points, six steals and four assists. “We want to be aggressive.”
Fuzzy on details
Orono coach Lavesa Glover had a love-hate vibe with her team’s first-half statistics.
Once she finally looked, that is. Glover’s focus on her team, which built a 24-20 halftime lead, left her fuzzy on a few details — the main one being Tori Andrew and Natalie Smaron combined to score all of the Spartans’ points.
“Funny story — I had no idea we only had two scorers,” Glover said. “When I looked up I went, ‘Oh no. What are we doing here?’ But it didn’t feel that way because we moved the ball around well.”
A pleasant surprise — her team committed only two turnovers in the first half. Glover said she told her team, “Ladies, I’m shocked, especially against such a good defensive team.”
Staff writers Ron Haggstrom, Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque contributed to this report.