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Goodhue girls' hoops advance to state, to play Ada-Borup Thursday

GOODHUE, Minn. - Playing in its first state tournament since 2011, the Goodhue girls basketball team was picked as the No. 4 seed in the Class 1A state tournament on Saturday.

At 1 p.m. Thursday at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota, the top-ranked Wildcats (25-5) will face off with No. 5 seed Ada-Borup. The Section 6A champion Cougars are 28-1 this year and advanced to state after beating West Central Area 55-31 in the section final on Friday.

Here is a breakdown of the Class 1A tournament: 

Quarterfinals (all games Thursday at Mariucci Arena)

Game 1: Browerville vs. No. 1 Minneota, 11 a.m.

Game 2: No. 5 Ada-Borup vs. No. 4 Goodhue, 1 p.m.

Game 3: Mankato Loyola vs. No. 2 Maranathan Christian Academy, 3 p.m.

Game 4: Win-E-ac vs. No. 3 Mountain Iron-Buhl, 5 p.m.

Semifinals (all games Friday at Williams Arena)

Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, noon

Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 2 p.m.

 Class 1A state championship game is at noon Saturday at Williams Arena.

After missing out on the state tournament the past two seasons, the Goodhue girls basketball team makes a return to the big stage with a 75-38 Section 1A championship thrashing of Rushford-Peterson on Thursday.

In late February, the section representatives at the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association section meeting voted unanimously to seed the Class 2A and 1A state tournaments. Previously, the small-school tournaments had set draws, whereas Class 3A and 4A were seeded 1-5 with three random draw teams. Now, Class 2A and 1A will follow the big-school tournament template. 

While the timing of the announcement was near the beginning of section tournament play, Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme said the discussion was in the works for a while.

“We coaches, we stay in the loop a little bit, like, ‘Hey, this might be coming.’ Things like that,” Wieme said. “I thought the official announcement would come out sooner.

Wieme added, “(The announcement) wasn’t completely out of the blue. It happened before you started seriously scouting another section.” 

Had the state tournament stuck with the pre-determined draw, the Wildcats would have faced Section 2A champion Mankato Loyola, which defeated Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 60-41 on Friday.

“It’s just a wait-and-see now (for state seeding). Otherwise, I’d hop in the car and go to Mankato (to scout the 2A championship),” Wieme said following Thursday's Section 1A championship. “Now I don’t get to do that.”

Just weeks after the decision, Wieme admits that he is still lukewarm about state seeding in Class 1A.

“It’s so hard to tell. We don’t have common opponents and we’re so spread out,” Wieme said. 

After the season Goodhue put together – a 25-5 record, the No. 1 ranking in the state poll and a 37-point victory in the section final – Wieme is confident the Wildcats have a strong enough resume to get seeded in the tournament. 

“We might not get seeded. We’ll have the most losses of probably anyone in it, and you never know what coaches look at. It’s the first time (state seeding) has happened,” Wieme said. “It’s so hard to say, but I think we’ll get seeded. We deserve a seed. It’s clear we deserve to be there (after winning the section title), that’s the important thing.”

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