High School Hoops March Madness: M.I.B. girls end season, Esko boys get upset

Published: Mar. 17, 2022 at 11:14 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS3 Duluth) - The madness in March resumed in the Northland on Thursday. The top-seeded M.I.B. Girls Basketball team was back at the University of Minnesota playing in the Class A State Quarterfinals. They looked to avenge their loss against Minneota last season.

This one went into overtime tied at 45. However, the Vikings would hand the Rangers their first loss to a Class A team all year long, closing the curtain on their season, 51-48.

“The kids played hard. We just made too many mistakes, and their pressure bothered us in the second half, and I guess we haven’t been pressured a lot this year, and even when you feel like we can handle it, it was different. We give Minneota credit. They came out and played physical and forced us into decision making, and we just made one to Ill-advised decisions, said Buffetta.

M.I.B. completes their season with a strong record of 27-4.

On the boy’s side, UMD hosted the Section 7AA Championship. It was first seeded Esko and second-seeded Pequot Lakes.

The Eskomos went into the first half leading, 23-18; however, the tables turned in the second half.

The Patriots rallied back to defeat Esko, 58-50.

Esko finishes their season 25-4.

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