When the second-seeded Tigers take the court on Wednesday, March 17, for the opening bout of the Section 2AA North Sub-Section girls basketball tournament, 10 days will have passed since its last action.
“We’ve had a lot of time to rest and refocus on all ends,” said Coach Mindy Chevalier, whose Tigers are 12-3 overall, and a 10-1 Minnesota River
Conference record earned it a share of the conference championship.Tri-City United (2-6 MRC, 3-10 overall) will be the Tigers’ challenger. The seventh-seeded Titans will also have had plenty of opportunity to rest and refocus. They haven’t played since Feb. 26, after suspending activity due to Covid-19.Belle Plaine defeated TCU 62-36 in the team’s only matchup back on Jan. 28.
While the Tigers are heavy favorites, games aren’t decided by seeding alone.
“We have to go after them with a lot of pressure and get every-one into a rhythm early,” said Chevalier.
Chevalier said the Titans have a couple of quick guards and two post players that will go 5-11 and 5-10. If the guards get hot or the post players get comfortable, the Titans can cause the Tigers some trouble.
“You never want a team like that to get hot,” Chevalier said, “or the post players to get comfortable. When players get comfortable in the post, they feel like they can do anything and become hard to stop.”If the Tigers are victorious, it would set up a likely matchup with third-seeded Glencoe-Silver Lake on Friday night, March 19, in Belle Plaine.
Chevalier was pleased that the Tigers received the second seed. G-SL ﬁnished the regular season 14-4 against a tougher schedule, but the Tigers’ 53-28 victory over G-SL on Jan. 19 had some impact on the seeding committee.“It’s huge,” Chevalier said.
“I thought it was the spot we de-served to be in,” adding that a potential matchup with G-SL in the Belle Plaine gym will mean the Panthers’ three-point shooters will not be able to heat up in their home gym.
Chevalier is very pleased with the way her team has defended in recent weeks and is conﬁ dent that the Tigers defense will al-low them to play with anybody.
Jordan (10-7) defeated the Tigers 55-49 in the season opener, and also defeated Belle Plaine in last year’s Section 2AA North Sub-Section ﬁnals. If seeds hold true, the teams would meet for the North Subsection champion-ship on March 23 in Jordan.
The championship game will be held at the site of the highest remaining seed. The winner of the North Subsection will host the Section 2AA championship against the South Sub-Section champion on March 25.Chevalier said each team is al-lowed 50 tickets for the games. Games can also be viewed on Tiger TV on the You Tube.
Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial (14-1) is the top seed in the South, followed by Fairmont (12-5) and Waseca (10-7).
Section 2AA Girls Basketball Schedule
March 16 @ Sibley East: #9 GFW (2-11) @ #8 Sibley East (3-13)
March 17: Quarterﬁnals GFW/SE @ #1 Jordan (10-7)#5 MVL (10-5) @ #4 NYA (8-7)#6 LS-H (3-12) @ #3 Glencoe-SL (14-4)#7 TCU (3-10) @ #2 Belle Plaine (12-3)
March 19: @ High Seed Semiﬁnals
March 23 @ High Seed North 2AA Championship
March 25: 2AA Championship South Champ @ North Champ
Girls Basketball Standings (Conference, Overall)
Belle Plaine..............10-1, 12-3
Mayer Lutheran.......10-1, 16-2
SW Christian.............6-5, 8-10
Sibley East...............2-10, 3-13
Mayer Lthrn 66, Minnehaha Acad 49
SW Christian 95, Bklyn Center 15
Mayer Lthrn 67, Heritage 56
NYA 75, LS-H 31
Holy Family 72, SW Christian 59
BPHS Girls Basketball Team Schedule and Results
Jan. 14: L - Jordan 55, BP 49
Jan. 19: W - BP 83, GSL 59
Jan. 22: W - BP 56, SE 31
Jan. 25: W - BP 79, NYA 43
Jan. 28: W - BP 62, TCU 36
Feb. 2: L - Mayer Luth. 65, BP 57
Feb. 5: W - BP 61, LS-H 39
Feb. 11: W - BP 74, SWC 59
Feb. 16: W - BP 67, SE 30
Feb. 19: W - BP 68, NYA 46
Feb. 23: L - Waseca 42, BP 39
Feb. 25: W - BP 63, Mayer Lutheran 53
Mar. 2: W - BP 69, LSH 34
Mar. 4: W - BP 71, New Ulm 43
Mar. 6: W - BP 57, SWC 50
Mar. 11 @ NYA - Canceled