Abby Hennen drives to the basket for two of her game high 31 points. McKenna Yost looks for an opening to drive against the Lancer defense. Abby Rost is fouled from behind as she attempts to convert a shot in the lane. The Minneota players are sporting gold shoe laces to show support for Coach Johnston's niece and childhood cancer.

Abby Hennen's 31 points spark Minneota 3A win

Abby Hennen admitted that she took a look up at the scoreboard at Southwest Minnesota State University where each player's scores are listed and noticed that she had scored a career-high 31 points.

That monster game sparked Minneota to a 72-48 victory over Canby in the Section 3A-North semifinals on Monday night. "I don't really care how many points I score," said Hennen, whose previous career-high was 27 points.

"And I had no idea how many I had in this game until I saw it listed. It means more because we won." Hennen was dominating on both ends of the court, wreaking havoc on defense with seven steals.

"She played aggressively on both ends of the floor," said Minneota Coach Chad Johnston.

"She is one of our leaders and can take over a game like she did tonight with her scoring and defense." Morgan Hennen also had a stellar game with her upcourt vision leading to several transition baskets, three of those to her younger sister for easy layups. She finished with six assists. "She is really good with ball movement," said Abby, a junior, about her older sister. "She seems to know where we're going to be and gets the ball to us in transition."

Morgan also showed she can shine in other areas, too, as evidenced by her 17 points and game-high 12 rebounds. Natalee Rolbiecki delivered 13 points. McKenna Yost had three points, while Kennedi Jurrens, Abby Rost, Jeren Rost and Ireland Stassen had two points apiece.

Minneota bolted to a 25-9 lead with 14 of those points coming in transition.

The Vikings' stellar defense held Canby under double figures for the first 11 minutes of the game. Minneota led 41-22 at halftime and began the second half on a 15-7 run for its biggest lead of the game at 56-27 with 11:15 remaining. "We did a good job getting back in transition defensively," said Johnston.

"Once we got going, we had some great transition looks. And offensively, we made them work harder late in the game. It was a great overall game for us." RyAnn Hansen had 11 points to lead Canby.

Minneota will now face Lakeview in the Section 3A-North championship at 8 p.m. Friday at SMSU. NOTE: The Minneota players all wore yellow shoelaces in honor of Coach Johnston's 13-year-old niece, Jailyn Cartwright, who lives in Omaha and is battling cancer.

MINNEOTA 72, CANBY 48

Canby (2's, 3's, FT, Pts) - Kaylin Anderson 0 0 0-0 0, Aidyn Bruns 4 0 0-2 8, RyAnn Hansen 3 1 2-4 11, Jayla Hulzebos 0 0 0-0 0, Hannah Jelen 1 0 7-7 9, Kayelee Johnson 3 0 0-2 6, Kortney Leppke 0 0 1-1 1, Brooke Nelson 0 0 0-0 0, Morgan Noyes 0 0 0-2 0, McKenzie Ruether 1 1 0-0 5, Camryn Ufkin 0 0 0-0 0, Maya Wente 1 0 2-2 4, Charlotte Wright 2 0 0-0 4. Totals 15 2 12-20 48. Minneota (2's, 3's, FT, TP) - Abby Hennen 8 3 6-7 31, Morgan Hennen 5 2 1-3 17, Kennedi Jurrens 1 0 0-2 2, Hailey Kimpe 0 0 0-0 0, Natalee Rolbiecki 3 1 4-4 13, Abby Rost 1 0 0-0 2, Jeren Rost 1 0 0-0 2, Ireland Stassen 1 0 0-0 2, McKenzie Tolk 0 0 0-0 0, McKenna Yost 0 0 3-4 3. Totals 20 6 14-20 72. Scoring Canby..…………………………………...22 26 - 48 Minneota..........……………..…....41 31 - 72 Statistics: SHOOTING: Canby (2's 15-for-41, 37 percent; 3's 2-for-6, 33 percent; overall 17-for-47, 36 percent); Minneota (2's 20-for-49, 41 percent; 3's 6-for-12, 50 percent; overall 26-for-61, 43 percent).

REBOUNDING: Canby 23 (Wente 7); Minneota 31 (M.Hennen 12, A.Rost 7, A.Hennen 5, Stassen 2, Yost 3, Jurrens 1, Rolbiecki 1, J.Rost 1). TURNOVERS: Canby 20, Minneota 12.

STEALS: Canby 7 (Bruns 2); Minneota 13 (A.Hennen 7, A.Rost 2, Yost 2, M.Hennen 1, Rolbiecki 1). ASSISTS: Canby not available; Minneota 13 (M.Hennen 6, A.Hennen 3, Rolbiecki 2, A.Rost 1, Stassen 1).

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