A move up in classification didn't deter Maranatha from making the state tournament.
Maranatha, which was moved up from Class 1A to 2A this season based on its enrollment, topped Holy Family 65-55 for the Section 5 girls' championship Friday night at St. Cloud State.
Minnesota Basketball News' No. 2-ranked Mustangs (26-4) will be making their ninth consecutive state tournament appearance, the first eight coming in Class 1A from 2010-17. It equals the state tournament record for consecutive appearances held by Minneapolis North from 1997-2005.
Kylie Post paced Maranatha with 18 points. Senior forward Jaclyn Jarnot, the school's all-time leading scorer, added 11 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Junior guard Leigh Steiner led the Fire (21-9) with 20 points.
In another Class 2A girls' basketball section final:
Section 6: No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Sauk Centre went on a 21-1 run in the first half en route to a 63-40 victory over St. Cloud Cathedral. Senior guard Maesyn Thiesen scored 19 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, when the Mainstreeters built a 39-18 lead. Sauk Centre will make its eighth state tournament appearance in the past nine years. It was the state tournament runner-up a year ago.
Section 3: Senior guard Tre Jones had 21 points, pacing four players in double figures, as No. 3-ranked Apple Valley cruised to a 92-63 victory over Eagan in the semifinals. The defending state champion Eagles (23-4) shot 67 percent in the first half, when they built a 51-22 lead. Their starting five went 18-for-24 from the floor. ... Eastview won back-to-back tournament games by two points, edging Burnsville 54-52. Senior guard Max Bolger paced the Lightning with 14 points.
Section 6: Center Joe Hedstrom, a 7-foot senior, scored 16 points as Hopkins used its distinct height advantage to pull away from Armstrong for a 66-51 triumph in the semifinals. The No. 2-rated Royals (26-1), who had four players in double figures, outscored Armstrong 37-26 in the second half. ... The magic number for the evening turned out to be 66 as Wayzata eliminated St. Louis Park 66-59 behind freshman Kody Williams' 16 points. Junior guard Jacob Beeninga added 16 points for the Trojans (17-11).
Section 3: St. Thomas Academy limited Holy Angels to nine first-half points, and rolled to a 62-36 victory in the semifinals. Junior guard Jack Thompson led a balanced St. Thomas Academy offense attack with 14 points. The No. 8-rated Cadets (19-9) led 27-9 at halftime. ... Senior guard Garett Maag's 19 points paced four St. Croix Lutheran players in double figures in an 88-69 triumph over St. Paul Highland Park. The Crusaders (19-9) broke the game open in the second half, outscoring the Scots 49-33.