In the second semifinal, Rushford-Peterson (2-seed, 18-8) faced off with Wabasha-Kellogg (3-seed, 15-10). The game featured no berserker. It was methodical Trojans, save for the first few minutes. The Falcons came out and hit their first five shots to lead 12-6. A little defensive change-up on R-P’s part and W-K coming back down to reality; the Falcons hit just one more shot the rest of the half (1-15 FGs, 0-11 threes). R-P built a 25-14 lead at break. It stayed in double figures the rest of the way. Tom Vix’s Trojans dumped W-K 54-37. Senior Noah Carlson led the way (16 pts, 7-9 FGs, 5 rebs, 4 stls), gracefully gliding his way in for multiple steals-turned-lay-ups. Luke Rasmussen (11 pts, 3-5 threes, 5 rebs, 3 stls) and Payton Hahn (10 points off the bench) helped. After a 2-for-2 start from deep, W-K hit one of their final 16 triples. Liam Blaschko (11 pts) and Zach Kjeseth (10 pts, 5 rebs, 4 stls) led their effort. R-P was just 3-for-14 from deep, but they shot 22-42 overall (52.4%).
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