The Section 1A and 1AA girls’ basketball tournaments are scheduled to get started this week, and in Section 1A, KAUS Sports will be in Lyle Wednesday night for a first round matchup between 14th-seeded Lyle/Pacelli and 19th seeded Wabasha/Kellogg, with the pre-game show coming your way at 6:45 p.m., and tip-off from Lyle at 7:00 p.m. The winner will travel to No. 3 seed Grand Meadow Thursday evening for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.
Other first-round games in Section 1A include No. 16 LeRoy/Ostrander hosting No. 17 seed United South Central Wednesday evening in LeRoy at 7:00 p.m, with the winner having to turn right around and play No. 1 seed and unbeaten Hayfield in Hayfield Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. 15th seeded Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons will host 18th seeded Schaeffer Academy Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m, with the winner moving on to play No. 2 seed Kingsland in Spring Valley Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Other second-round matchups in Section 1A include No. 8 seed Houston entertaining No. 9 seed Bethlehem Academy at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening, fourth-seeded Lanesboro hosting 13th seeded Mabel-Canton Thursday evening, No. 5 seed Kenyon-Wanamingo playing host to 12th seeded Southland Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., No. 7 Fillmore Central hosting No. 11 seed Randolph and No. 6 seed Rushford-Peterson entertaining No. 11 Spring Grove Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Section 1A quarterfinals are scheduled for Monday, February 28th and Tuesday, March 1st in the Auditorium at the Rochester Civic Center, while the semi-finals will be played back in the Auditorium on Saturday, March 5th, and the Section 1A girls basketball final will back at the Rochester Civic Center’s main arena on Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m.
The Section 1AA tournament field is a strong one with 10 of the 16 teams with 10 or more wins, including the Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms, who finished at 15-10 on the regular season, and they will travel to No. 7 seed Caledonia Thursday evening in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament. You’ll hear the game on AM 1480 KAUS, with the pre-game show getting underway at 6:45 p.m., and tip-off at 7:00 p.m. The winner moves on to play either No. 2 seed Rochester Lourdes or 15th seeded Pine Island next Tuesday, March 1st at the Mayo Civic Center Arena at 6:00 p.m.
Other first round matchups in Section 1AA include No. 1 seed and state-ranked Goodhue hosting 16th seed St. Charles, No. 8 seed Chatfield entertaining ninth-seeded LaCrescent-Hokah, No. 4 seed Dover-Eyota will host 13th seeded Zumbrota-Mazeppa, fifth-seeded Lake City will take on 12th seeded Cannon Falls in Lake City, No. 3 seed Winona-Cotter/Hope Lutheran will entertain 14th seeded Triton and sixth-seeded Plainview-Elgin-Millville will play No. 11 Lewiston-Altura.
The quarterfinals for 1AA will be played on Monday, February 28th and Tuesday, March 1st at the Mayo Civic Center Arena, the semi-finals will be played on Saturday, March 5th at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. that day, and the Section 1AA final is scheduled for Thursday, March 10th in the Mayo Civic Center Arena at 8:00 p.m.