Elk River got closer to another state title Tuesday night.
The top-ranked Elks (26-1), winners of the boys' hockey championship Saturday, beat fourth-ranked Robbinsdale Armstrong 65-56 in the Class AAAA Minnesota state high school girls basketball quarterfinals and will play St. Paul Central at 3 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.
Kayla Christensen had 26 points -- including four 3-pointers -- for Elk River, which outrebounded the Falcons 32-24. Randi Meissner led Armstrong with 15 points and five rebounds.
Also in Class AAAA, Bel Williams scored 21 points to lead St. Paul Central (25-3) past Edina 73-50. Third-ranked Lakeville nearly blew a 27-12 halftime lead and held off a furious rally by fifth-ranked Woodbury to win 53-52 in overtime. The Panthers (24-2) will play at 1 p.m. Thursday against Bemidji, 60-53 winners over Forest Lake. Lynnea Salscheider scored 23 points and was 6-for-8 from the free-throw line late in the game for the Lumberjacks (18-7).
Girls state scoreboard
Bemidji 60, Forest Lake 53
At Mayo Civic Center, Rochester
Lakeville 53, Woodbury 52, OT
St. Paul Central 73, Edina 50
At Wayzata High School, Wayzata
Elk River 65, Robbinsdale Armstrong 56
Owatonna 53, South St. Paul 41
At Halenbeck Hall
North Branch 39, Alexandria 30
Marshall 49, Orono 43
Minneapolis North 43, Cloquet 32
In Class AAA, Mia Johnson scored 14 points as Minneapolis North beat Cloquet 43-32. The Polars (24-1) will play at 9 p.m. Thursday against Marshall (26-1), 49-43 winners over Osseo. Shannon Bolden had 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting for the Tigers (26-1), who used a 12-4 advantage in the third quarter to pull away.
Owatonna (17-9) will play North Branch at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Huskies got 20 points from Sarah Draayer on 9-for-15 shooting as they jumped to a 42-24 lead after three quarters and beat South St. Paul 53-41. No. 4 North Branch (28-2) got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Shannon Devine in a 39-30 victory over fifth-ranked Alexandria. The Vikings (28-2) limited the Cardinals (21-7) to 12-for-53 shooting.
In Class AA, Winona Cotter went on a 15-4 run to close the second quarter Tuesday in a 58-49 win over Morris Area. The Ramblers (23-8) play at 7 p.m. Friday against St. Michael-Albertville (25-3), which got 26 points and 11 rebounds from Rachel Jobes in a 59-38 victory over Pelican Rapids.
Megan Foy and Allison Aubuchon combined for 39 points and 17 rebounds to lead Minnehaha Academy to a 73-49 victory over Belle Plaine. The Redhawks (25-6) play Friday at 9 p.m. against New London-Spicer, which got 17 points and eight rebounds from Kellie Heinen had 17 points in a 72-30 romp over Proctor.
In Class A, Fosston stayed undefeated with a 56-39 victory over Hawley. Kelly Roysland had 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting as the Greyhounds (27-0) advanced to Friday's semifinals and will play at 1 p.m. against Kenyon-Wanamingo (24-2), which beat Central Minnesota Christian 32-26. Kasi Quam scored 16 points, including all eight of the Knights' points in the third quarter.
Springfield used a 13-0 run during a six-minute stretch of the second quarter to beat Mayer Lutheran 51-41.
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