Second seed Maple Grove upset top seed St. Michael-Albertville 69-58 on Thursday in the championship of the Class 4A, Section 8 girls' basketball playoffs at Monticello High School.
The Crimson was led by Kylie Baranick and Jordyn Lamker 16 points apiece. Lamker, a sophomore, also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Jadyn Hanson scored 19 points for the Knights, Kenzie Kramer 15.
St. Michael-Albertville (23-3) was ranked in the Class 4A top 10 throughout the season and was No. 4 in the last regular-season poll. It will miss the state tournament for the third consecutive year after going five years in a row from 2012-16.
Maple Grove (20-6) will make its second consecutive trip to the state tournament.
Holy Angels 60, St. Croix Lutheran 53: Francesca Vascellaro and Isabelle Henry led the Stars with 12 points to win the Class 3A, Section 3 championship. Laura Hauge and Juel Skrien also scored 12 points for the Crusaders, who lost in the section final for the sixth time since 2010. St. Croix Lutheran fell back by 15 points but closed the gap with six three-pointers in the second half. The Stars closed out the game with free throws in the final minute after St. Croix Lutheran pulled within 54-53. This will be the fourth straight trip to state for Holy Angels. It won the Class 3A title in 2016.
Forest Lake 64, Cambridge-Isanti 50: Abigail Groeneweg scored 32 points for the Rangers as they won the Class 4A, Section 7 title. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Mikayla Aumer led the Bluejackets with 13 points. This will be Forest Lake's second consecutive trip to the state tournament.
Centennial 63, Spring Lake Park 30: The Cougars defense shut down the Panthers to win the Class 4A, Section 5 title. Taylor McAulay led Centennial with 14 points, and Jodi Anderson scored 12. Joelle Talso had eight to lead Spring Lake Park. This will be the Cougars' seventh trip to state and first since 2015. Their best finish was second place in 2009.
Marshall 53, Waseca 44: The No. 3-seeded Tigers upset the top-seeded Bluejays in the Class 3A, Section 2 title game at Gustavus Adolphus. Jordyn Hilgemann scored 24 points for Marshall, which returns to state for the first time since placing second in 2015. Madison Gehloff led the Bluejays with 17.
Becker 56, Willmar 36: Julia Bengston scored 21 points and Adeline Kent 19, leading the Bulldogs to the Class 3A, Section 5 championship. Sadie Raitz scored 10 points; nobody else reached double digits. This will be Becker's third trip to the state tournament, after it last appeared in 2016 and won the state title in 2007.
Goodhue 42, Lyle-Pacelli 33: The two-time Class 1A champion Wildcats are headed back to the state tournament after capturing the Section 1 title. They won titles in 2016 and 2017. Lyle-Pacelli was state champion last year. Kate Opshal led Goodhue's offense with 16 points.
Hibbing 55, Grand Rapids 48: The Bluejackets clinched their first trip to the state tournament since 2007 by winning the Class 3A, Section 7 title. Abbey McDonald led Hibbing with 23 points. Taryn Hamling and Hannah DeMars each had 14 points for the Thunderhawks.
Fergus Falls 43, Alexandria 42: For the second year in a row the Class 3A, Section 8 championship was decided by one point. The Cardinals won last year. The Otters are going back for the first time since 2014. Ella Grove scored the game-winning basket off a steal.
Minnesota Transitions 87, Hiawatha Collegiate 64: Kyriaun Christian scored 36 to lead Minnesota Transitions to victory in the Class 1A, Section 4 playoffs. Michael Emery-Minor contributed another 23 points. Jaheim Houts scored 30 for Hiawatha Collegiate.
Concordia Academy 82, St. Paul Humboldt 65: Aaron TerHaar scored 26 points for the Beacons and Barnabas Preble added 19. A'Kei Pippins had 16 for the Hawks. Concordia Academy will play top seed Minnehaha Academy on Saturday in the Class 2A, Section 4 quarterfinals.
New Ulm Cathedral 73, BOLD 70 (OT): The No. 7-seeded Greyhounds upset the No. 2 Warriors in the Class 1A, Section 2 quarterfinals. BOLD was ranked No. 4 in Class 1A in the latest Minnesota Basketball News poll. Ethan Kirchberg led New Ulm Cathedral with 26 points, including seven three-pointers. Jon Zinniel added 16. Jordan Sagedahl scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Warriors.