Sunday, October 2, 2022

Class 4A girls basketball quarterfinal: Roseville 39, Shakopee 32

Kendall Barnes scored 15 points, including both ends of a key 1-and-1 late, and unranked Roseville upset No. 8 Shakopee, 39-32, in a Class 4A quarterfinal game at the girls basketball state tournament Wednesday at Williams Arena.

Barnes’ two free throws with 1 minute, 42 seconds left gave the Raiders a 35-31 lead that seemed much bigger than four points because both teams were struggling with their shooting.

Roseville (22-8) advances to play the winner of the late game between Centennial and St. Michael-Albertville on Thursday at 8 pm

“We knew coming into the game that rebounding would be key against a good team,” Raiders coach Tanysha Scott said. “All the teams that are still playing, everybody’s good, so we knew that it was going to be big for us to do those little things today.”

Shakopee (26-4) was 1 for 18 shooting from beyond the arc, 0 for 7 in the final 3:45.

“We had wide-open looks,” Sabers coach Juan Mitchell said. “For us, those were great looks.”

None of them fell, and Roseville was in position to clean up the misses. During the same stretch, the Raiders outrebounded the Sabers, 11-2. That tilted the overall rebounding scale the Raiders’ way, 31-26.

“We knew we needed one-and-dones,” said Raiders forward Hattie Heffeman, whose steal and free throw with 30.3 seconds left put Roseville up 38-32.

Ultimately, Roseville’s defense wore down a Shakopee team that played only six players and was without post Paige Broze, who averaged 7.7 points before a knee injury ended her season in late February. Barnes was charged primarily with slowing down Shakopee’s leading scorer Kate Cordes.

“I had to face guard her the whole game,” Barnes said. “She was not supposed to touch the ball.”

Cordes had her opportunities but scored only five points, nine below her average.

“We all had to help Kendall stay in front of her and not let her get the ball, and do our part with playing help,” said Drew Johnston, who finished with nine points, four rebounds and a team-high three steals.

Olivia Pawlicki made the Sabers’ only 3-pointer. In a tight game, many of Shakopee’s attempts from behind the arc would have tied the score or put them ahead — especially in the final minutes. Overall, Shakopee — which lost to eventual champion Chaska in last year’s 4A semifinals — shot 33 percent from the field.

Roseville shot 26 percent from the field but won by doing everything else just a little better that Shakopee.

“When you hold a team to 38, 39 points, you should win games,” Mitchell said. “Not when you score 32. But we had wide-open shots and missed them. We didn’t box out when we needed to, we missed free throws.

“At the end of the day, we just missed shots; and give them credit, they wore us out and took away some stuff we like to do.”

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