After witnessing the boys basketball team lose to Minneapolis North in the Class A final last week, Goodhue fans will be fueling good heading home down Highway 52 as they saw Maddy Miler score 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Wildcats to a 89-64 win over the Maranatha Christian Academy Mustangs in the Class A championship game Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena on the University of Minnesota campus.
It was the first state title for Goodhue in their first trip to the Class A final since 2010 when they lost to the Barnum Bombers.
Mckenzie Ryan began the scoring for the Wildcats after receiving a great inside bounce pass from Miller :20 into the game. Elise Moore would begin the Mustangs scoring to even the game at two. Sydney Lodermeier showed good post defense and on offense she would score four straight points. Moore would also score four straight for MCA following a three pointer from Goodhue’s Michelle Hadler. Sydney Lodermeier made an outstanding move toward the basket, going through the Mustang defense and scoring on a lay up. Alaina Jarnot, who will play next season at Monmouth University in New Jersey would score three straight points to start the Mustangs on a 5-0 run. But Goodhue would widen their lead as Mckenzie Ryan hit a couple of shots from Coffman Memorial Union. Sydney Lodermeier would also put the Wildcats on a 4-0 run and picked up an assist on a left side pass to Miller. Goodhue led at halftime 41-29.
It was Sydney Lodermeier who got the Wildcats started :22 into the second half with a three pointer. The bright spot for the Mustangs early in the second half was their double teaming defense. Unfortunately, it would also result in four players with four fouls. Kylie Post, Moore, Sami Payne and Jaclyn Jarnot were in foul trouble and it would cost them as Payne, Jaclyn Jarnot and Moore would go to the bench with five fouls. Goodhue would go 17-28 from the free throw line and it would also contribute to clinching their first Class A title. Taylor Larson would also contribute to the Wildcats run, scoring four straight points, two coming off a steal. The Goodhue bench also played a role as Emily Benrud scored five straight points, including a three point play. MCA did show a brief sign of life with a pair of three pointers from Jayzryn Thompson and Payne before she fouled out with 1:18 to go. At the same time, Mustang head coach Chris Buerman cleared his bench and gave his reserves an opportunity to play on The Barn’s elevated floor.
Other players in double figures for Goodhue were Sydney Lodermeier with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Mckenzie Ryan had 13 and Larson had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Moore and Alaina Jarnot led MCA with 18 points. Alaina Jarnot also had five assists. Payne scored 10 points and Jaclyn Jarnot had 10 rebounds.
Mike Redmond, Goodhue superintendent of schools commented before the game on the district’s successful winter sports season. “It’s a culture where kids like to compete and I mean it in the fullest sense of the word. Our kids put in the work. They’re selfless and put team first.”
In addition to both basketball team’s successes, Redmond also stated that Bailey O’Reilly of the Wildcat wrestling team was a 152 lb. state champion.
In the third place game at Ganglehoff Center on the Concordia University campus in St. Paul, Mountain Iron-Buhl routed Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 65-37.