Sophomore guard Paige Meyer scored 32 points to lead unseeded Albany to a 60-49 upset of No. 2 seed Holy Family on Wednesday in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
"We knew they were going to be a big team, so we knew we had to box out and get rebounds," said Meyer, who had 16 boards. "We knew they were fast, so we had to stop their transition game."
Trailing at halftime at Maturi Pavilion, the Huskies (19-10), who finished with a 43-23 rebounding advantage, took the lead in the first four minutes of the second half and expanded it to 39-31 after a three-point basket by Meyer.
The Fire (23-6) narrowed the margin to one point in the final four minutes. But the Huskies scored their last 11 points on free throws to stay ahead.
"We had some really good looks, they didn't fall,'' Holy Family coach Adrian Turner said. "We fought hard. We scrambled, we scratched. We just were a step slow today."
The Fire took a 26-23 lead into halftime after freshman guard Nicole Bowlin called for the ball, shot from three-point range and ran off the court at the buzzer, confident it would fall in. It did.
Holy Family senior guard Leigh Steiner had 20 points and seven steals.
Minnehaha Academy 56, St. Peter 37: After a slow start that included 0-for-12 first-half shooting by one of Minnehaha Academy's typically best scorers, the Redhawks came out in the second half and won by double digits over St. Peter (16-11).
"We knew we had to hold them. I think we came out really strong," said senior guard Taytum Rhoades, who scored 11 first-half points to help offset junior guard Mia Curtis' cold start.
Minnehaha Academy (23-6) broke a 15-15 tie with 5:17 left in the first half and led by 27-18 at halftime.
"When I got in the locker room, all my teammates were like, 'Keep shooting Mia, you're a shooter, and that first half's out the window,' " Curtis said.
At the start of the second half, Curtis hit a three-point basket that led to a nine-point Redhawks run.
Junior forward Sarah Conlon led St. Peter with 13 points.
Caledonia 56, Proctor 44: Senior guard Katie Tornstrom had 25 points, 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the fourth-seeded Warriors to their 21st consecutive victory.
"She's not your prototypical college player, but she can score in a variety of ways," Caledonia coach Scott Sorenson said.
Caledonia (25-4) raced to a quick 19-9 cushion and led 31-22 at halftime behind Tornstrom's 12 points. Classmate Ashley Schroeder, another guard, had 10 of her 13 points in the first half.
"Our seniors have been playing together since elementary school," Sorenson said. "They jell so well together off the court, and it carries over to the court, too."
Proctor (24-7) was paced by Morgan Nylund and Payton Rodberg with 11 points apiece.