Minneota girls’ basketball team claims first state title

MINNEAPOLIS – Facing the team that knocked them out in the first round last season, the Minneota Vikings defeated Ada-Borup 61-51 Saturday afternoon at Target Center to claim their first Class A girls’ basketball state tournament championship.

Sophomore forward Taylor Reiss poured in 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Minneota pull away in the final minutes.

Reiss was named to the Class A All-Tournament team along with Minneota forward Molly Hennen and guard Emily Stienessen. Stienessen had 11 points Saturday, while fellow sophomore guard Payton Boerboom added 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Vikings, who finished the season 30-2, trailed 29-28 at the half despite holding a dominant 22-8 edge on the glass. But their rebounding wore down the Cougars in the second half. Minneota finished with a 40-20 rebounding edge for the game.

Ada-Borup was led by forward Megan Kolness. Kolness had a perfect shooting performance last year against the Vikings on her way to a game-high 25 points, but with Hennen guarding her Saturday she was held to 12 points on 3 of 11 shooting.