Fourth seeded Crimson girls start tough section hoops tourney

by BOB San

SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS

Maple Grove received the No. 4 seed in what is expected to be a wide open Section  5 girls’ basketball tournament.

Kaela Jones and the Crimson are gearing up for a strong showing in the Section 5 girls’ basketball tournament. (Photo courtesy of Rich Moll)

Kaela Jones and the Crimson are gearing up for a strong showing in the Section 5 girls’ basketball tournament. (Photo courtesy of Rich Moll)

Roseville is the top seed, followed by 2. Centennial, 3. Osseo, 4.  Maple Grove, 5. Champlin Park, 6. Mounds View, 7. Coon Rapids, 8. Irondale.

The Crimson open at home Thursday, Feb. 28 against Champlin Park, a team they beat twice during the regular season. The winner advances to face Centennial or Coon Rapids in the semifinal at 6 p.m. March 5 at Anoka. The section final is March 8 at Anoka at 8 p.m.

Maple Grove ended the regular season with a 65-46 win over Elk River and a 60-51 triumph over Anoka. Kelly Olzenak scored a season-high 18 points against the Elks and Angie Davison added 13. Madison Ordner scored 13 points, Davison had 11 and Olzenak and Cora Bourbonais each had 8 in Maple Grove’s win over Anoka.

The Crimson finished in third place in the Northwest Suburban Conference with a 15-5 record. The Crimson are 19-7 overall. Roseville, 24-2 and ranked fourth in the state, is the favorite but Crimson coach Mark Cook sees a wide open race for the spot to the state tournament.

“Our section is tough. From top to bottom teams are capable of beating one another,” he said.

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