Knights, Mustangs tumble in first round of girls basketball playoffs

The girls basketball teams from Irondale and Mounds View faced tall tasks heading into the Section 5AAAA playoffs last week. Both squads finished below .500 in the regular season and went up against opponents that combined to win 38 games. 

Irondale, the seventh seed, lost 60-29 to second-seeded Roseville while No. 6 Mounds View fell 66-31 to third-seeded Champlin Park on March 2.



The Knights took on Roseville having lost its previous 10 games. Avoiding an 11th consecutive defeat was not in the cards for Irondale.

Roseville’s calling card this season has been its defense and that was evident right away. The Raiders had the best scoring defense in the section as it held opponents to 42.9 points per game during the regular season. No other team in the section was below 51.

Irondale managed only nine first-half points.

Sydney Driggs led Irondale with 12 points and Kahlan Jester added five. No other Knight had more than two points in the game.

Roseville’s Kaia Porter led all scorers with 20 points, Sara Hain added nine and Kaylee Nelson scored eight.

Roseville followed up its win over Irondale by hosting third-seeded Champlin Park in the semifinals on March 5. The Rebels pulled off the upset by beating the Raiders 50-47.

Champlin Park and top-seeded Park Center meet for the section championship on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Anoka High School.

Irondale finished its season with a record of 3-24.


Mounds View

After starting the season with six consecutive victories, the Mustangs went into a tailspin that would see them win only two more times. Mounds View’s season came to a conclusion against Champlin Park.

The Rebels entered the post-season knowing it would probably have to beat two Suburban East Conference teams to reach the section final. They took the first step by bouncing Mounds View.

The Mustangs had only three players score. Sarah Wendt and Erin Saemrow tied for team-high honors with 11 points each while Lindsey Becher added nine.

Champlin Park got a game-high 16 points from Erica Hicks. Hanna Crymble added 12 and Lydia Brecht scored 10.

The Rebels followed up the win over Mounds View by taking out second-seeded Roseville 50-47 in the semifinals on March 5. Champlin Park and top-seeded Park Center meet in the section championship game on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Anoka High School. 

Mounds View concluded its season with a final record of 8-19.


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

Section 5AAAA girls basketball playoffs

Game 1 — Park Center 91, Spring Lake Park 38
Game 2 — Osseo 63, Centennial 52
Game 3 — Champlin Park 66, Mounds View 31
Game 4 — Roseville 60, Irondale 29

Game 5 — Park Center 57, Osseo 53
Game 6 — Champlin Park 50, Roseville 47

Championship game, March 10, 7 p.m. at Anoka High School
Game 7 — Champlin Park vs. Park Center


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