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New Life Academy girls basketball: Eagles’ season ends in Section 4AA semifinal

The season came to an end for the New Life Academy girls basketball team with a 74-39 loss to St. Croix Lutheran in the Section 4AA semifinals on March 11.

St. Croix Lutheran, ranked sixth in Class AA and the No. 1 seed in Section 4AA, opened up a 34-20 halftime lead on New Life, then ran away with the win with a 40-19 second half.

Senior forward Molly Saum led the way for the Eagles (17-11) in the loss with a team-high 10 points. Senior guard Jennie Scislow led the way for St. Croix Lutheran (24-4) with 15 points and five assists.

New Life played without leading scorer and rebounder Val Hohol, a junior center, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.

With the win, St. Croix Lutheran advanced to the finals, but was upset by third-seeded Minnehaha Academy (20-6) 43-30 in the championship game.

New Life must now say good-bye to five seniors – Saum, Raquel Goutierez, Aislinn Kavanagh, Emily Bolduan and Natalie Hager.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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