Saint girls win second straight regional title

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Members of the St. Croix Falls girls basketball team pose with their WIAA regional championship trophy. Shown (L to R) back row: Coach Angie Maternowsky, Kadence Soper, Jordan Lee, Olivia Miron, Emma Cooper, Bryanna Raddatz, Azalea Edwards, Sidrah Edwards, Julia Kloos, Emily McCurdy, Raelynn Kruger and coach Adam Kovar. Front: Lucia Neuman, Ashley Funk, Kaylee Miron, Brianna McCurdy, Sierra Braund, Sydnei Larson and Paige Hansen. - Photo courtesy Bryan Raddatz
Continue in playoffs Thursday versus No. 2 seed Northwestern
ST. CROIX FALLS – A small hiccup at the end of the regular season didn’t reappear in regional play for the St. Croix Falls girls basketball team. 
The Saints won their first 21 games leading to a regular-season finale with Clear Lake, which ended as a streak-stopping loss at home. But a new winning streak was started in postseason play as the Saints earned consecutive wins over Baldwin-Woodville and Barron to claim their second consecutive regional title. 
"We had scouted and were well-prepared for both teams,” St. Croix Falls coach Angie Maternowsky said. 
In their postseason opener on Friday, the Saints outscored Baldwin-Woodville 38-19 in the second half of a 63-43 win. It was the second win of the season over the Blackhawks and nearly by an identical score; St. Croix Falls earned a 66-34 win in early December. 
Olivia Miron scored a game-high 21 points for the Saints, though Emily McCurdy led the way early. McCurdy scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half, but the Blackhawks remained close and trailed by just one point, 25-24, entering halftime. 
St. Croix Falls found breathing room in the second half with Miron scoring 15 points, helping turn a close game into a runaway win. McCurdy finished with 14 points for the Saints and Lucia Neuman added eight. The Saints were 9-for-12 at the free-throw line and totaled 63 points without sinking a 3-pointer. 
Saturday’s regional title game had another familiar opponent along with a familiar result. The Saints defeated Barron 46-23 in their first matchup in early January and followed it with a 62-32 rout to claim the regional title. 
The Saints scored more points in the first half, 34, than the Bears had in the game, 32, and this time had the long-distance shooting. They sank four first-half 3-pointers and had five in the game, along with 15 total makes at the free-throw line. 
McCurdy led St. Croix Falls with 14 points and 12 of those were scored in the first half, where she sank two of the team’s 3-pointers. Neuman had 12 points and Miron added 11. The Saints held a 24-point lead entering halftime and added to their lead in the second half, despite five 3-pointers from Barron after halftime. 
Brianna McCurdy finished with eight points for St. Croix Falls and Kaylee Miron had seven. 
The win earned St. Croix Falls a sectional opener this Thursday, March 5, against an unfamiliar team.
"We had played Baldwin-Woodville early in the season and we played Barron just after the holiday break,” Maternowsky said. "It is exciting to play new teams (and) to be playing Northwestern … they are a very athletic team.”
Thursday’s game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at Amery.

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