Hayfield’s Perfect Girls Head to State

There is only one undefeated women’s basketball team left in Minnesota.

It’s Hayfield, now 31-0.

The Vikings kept things perfect once again on Thursday, with Hayfield beating the No. 3 seed Grand Meadow 65-41 in the Section 1A Championship at Mayo Civic Arena.

It pushed Hayfield into the state tournament for the first time since 2008.

Hayfield did it with his usual quick and relentless defense. But the Vikings also did it with a big game scored by one of their few seniors, forward Aine Stasko.

Stasko entered the game averaging 11 points per game. Against Grand Meadow, she had 14 at halftime and finished with 21.

Natalie Beaver was also important for the Vikings, runner-up 5-10 scoring 15 points and doing a great job on the boards. And point guard Kristen Watson had 17 points and some big steals midway through the second half as the Superlarks threatened to take the lead. Watson then converted back-to-back interceptions into breakaways, her perfect timing as she fended off the Superlarks.

Grand Meadow, who finished 23-7, trailed Kendyl Queensland on 10 points.

Hayfield 65, Grand Pre 41
McKenna Hendrickson 2P; Lauren Queensland 7P, 1 3-PT; Sydney Cotten 5P, 1 3-PT; Kendyl Queensland 10P; Landers River 9P; Lexy Foster 8 P.
HAY (65)
Kristen Watson 17P; Chelsea Christopherson 9P; Sydney Risius 3P, 1 3-PT; Aine Stasko 21P, 5 3-PT; Natalie Beaver 15P, 2 3-PT.
Half time: HAY 31, GM 23.
Free spins: GM 5-5, HAY12-12.
Three-point objectives: GM 2, HAY 8.

This story will be updated later tonight.

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