Beacons kickoff post-season with a win

Despite posting a losing record in the regular season, the Concordia Academy girls basketball team was seeded high enough to earn a home game in the first round of the playoffs. 

The Beacons made the most of the opportunity by blowing out St. Paul Academy on March 3.

Concordia Academy, the fifth seed in Section 4, Class 2A, rolled over the Spartans 56-17 to advance to the quarterfinals.

SPA finished the regular season with the same record (10-15) as Concordia Academy but was seeded only 12th, due in large part to a much weaker strength of schedule.

Concordia’s Anika Neuman led all scorers with 21 points and Ella Beardsley added eight as 11 different Beacons made it into the scoring column. 

St. Paul Academy had five different players score but none had more than eight points. 

The victory set Concordia Academy up for a quarterfinal match-up against fourth-seeded Columbia Heights. The Hylanders thumped 13th-seeded St. Paul Humboldt 83-43 in the first round.

The four section quarterfinal contests were held March 5, past the deadline for this edition of the Review. 

The section tournament continues this week with the semifinals on March 8 at St. Paul Washington and the section championship game on March 11 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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