Section 7AAAA girls’ basketball: Anoka into finals, Andover stopped in semis

Tuesday’s snow day not only cancelled classes but also pushed section basketball contests back one day at North Branch High School.

In Section 7AAAA, No. 2 seed Anoka (19-9) handed No. 3 seed Cambridge-Isanti (17-11) a 64-50 loss to secure its place in the final against top-seed Forest Lake. The Tornadoes led 21-12 at the half and opened it up in the second half by a 43-38 advantage.

Anoka's Amber Bray, left, goes up for a basket against Park Center. The Tornadoes returned to the Section 7AAAA final for the second time in three seasons. Last time the Tornadoes were the Cincerella story of the basketball world, winning the section title with a record of 6-24. Photo by Bill Jones

Anoka’s Amber Bray, left, goes up for a basket against Park Center. The Tornadoes returned to the Section 7AAAA final for the second time in three seasons. Last time the Tornadoes were the Cincerella story of the basketball world, winning the section title with a record of 6-24. Photo by Bill Jones

Kyrah Fredenburg led Anoka with 18 points, Amber Bray added 11 points and Claire Lundberg had 10 points while eight players contributed in the scoring. Cambridge’s Brynn Lijander had a game-high 19 points.

Anoka returns to the section final for the second time in three seasons. In 2011, the Tornadoes went on a remarkable run to win the Section 7AAAA title with a 6-24 record. They beat, then top-seed Cambridge-Isanti 77-66 in overtime in the section final before falling to eventual state champion Lakeville North in the state quarterfinals 64-40.

Top-seed Rangers end Andover’s season
After scoring a 30-point win in the Section 7AAAA opener, No. 4 seed Andover (12-16) struggled against top-seed Forest Lake in the early game March 6.
The top-seeded Rangers pulled away for a 62-44 win to earn a spot in the section final.

Andover opened the season with a 73-48 loss at Forest Lake. Rangers junior standout Bailey Norby had 28 points to lead everyone on the floor which was two points less than her total from the previous meeting Nov. 27.

The Huskies spread its offense across seven players, led by McKenzie Becker’s team-high 10 points. Haydn Becker and Rachel Brodeur each had eight points.

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