STMA girls runners-up in Pacesetter finals

STMA’s Kae Christian drives for what would be a 3-point play against Wayzata, leading to a triple overtime win. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The St. Michael-Albertville girls were runners-up in the Pacesetter Sweet 16, the annual summer tournament featuring four of the top teams in each of the four classes.

STMA lost to Hopkins 68-48 in the finals of the two-day tournament Sunday at The College of St. Benedict’s in St. Joseph.

To reach the finals, the Knights pulled out three close games, beating Lac qui Parle Valley 48-46, DeLaSalle 64-59 and Wayzata 74-71 in triple overtime.

Kae Christian sank 14 points, Riley Carlson 10 and Emma Miller eight in the finals against Hopkins. The Royals, who won the Sweet 16 for the fifth straight year, were led by Raena Suggs with 21 points, Paige Bueckers 15, and Dlayla Chakolis 13.

In the 3OT win over Wayzata, the Trojans tied the score with two seconds left in regulation and five seconds left in the first overtime. The second OT went scoreless. Lilly Tennison hit big 3-pointers late in regulation and in the first overtime.

The Knights outscored the Trojans 10-7 in the third extra session with five players scoring. Jaden Hanson got the last four points on 4-for-4 free throw shooting.