The Lion girls (23-6) will vie with 1A-West champ Bethlehem Academy (23-4) in the Section 1A championship game with for a ticket to state on the line at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center.

In the power-packed West Sub-section final, the state-ranked no. 3 team from Faribault edged state-ranked no. 5 Goodhue 54-50.

The only common opponent for the Lions and the Cardinals is Goodhue. Besides the sub-section game, FBA also edged out Goodhue during the regular season 60-57. Goodhue won handily at Spring Grove 58-39.

The Cardinals have fallen only once to a Class A opponent with a regular-season split versus Blooming Prairie. But FBA soundly defeated the Blossoms in the sub-section semi-finals 54-32.

The other three setbacks for the Cards have come against high-powered Class AA clubs including two losses to state-ranked no.2 New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (27-1). A season split with Kenyon-Wanamingo (20-8) included a double overtime loss. NRHEG and K-W are both still alive in the Section 2AA Tournament.

It will be a rematch from last year's section title game when SG defeated the Cardinals 69-64. That was the team's only previous meeting.

The boys' playoff schedule, a week behind the girls, features a March 9 sub-section final between no. 1 seed Rushford-Peterson (22-3) and no. 2 Lanesboro (19-7).



GIRLS BASKETBALL

Subsection 1A-East

#8 Lanesboro 58, #9 Schaeffer 48

#7 Fillmore Central, #10 Houston 72



Quarterfinals

#1 R-P 73, #8 Lanesboro 22

#4 L-O 56, #5 Hope Lutheran 36

#3 GM 59, #6 Mabel-Canton 48

#2 SG 69, #7 Fillmore-Central 30



Semi-finals

#1 R-P 63, #4 LeRoy-Ostrander 33

#2 SG 63, #3 Grand Meadow 41



Finals

#2 SG 65, #1 R-P 62 (OT)



Section 1A Championship

8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7, Rochester

SG vs. Faribault Bethlehem Academy

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BOYS BASKETBALL

Subsection 1A-East

#8 Hope 73, #8 LeRoy-Ostrander 55

#7 Mabel-Canton 63, #10 Houston 48



Quarterfinals

#1 R-P 70, #8 Hope Lutheran 37

#4 Fillmore-Central 71, #5 GM 50

#3 SG 81, #6 Schaeffer 73

#2 Lanesboro 82, #7 Mabel-Canton 49



Semi-finals Monday, March 4

#1 R-P 65, #4 Fillmore-Central 47

#2 Lanesboro 80, #3 Spring Grove 59



Finals Sat. March 9

5 p.m. at Rochester - R-P vs. Lanesboro