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Published March 18, 2010, 11:09 PM

Northern Freeze advances to Class A girls semis

Freeze rallies past Maranatha for 62-51 win

MINNEAPOLIS - The Northern Freeze overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the Mustangs of Maranatha Christian Academy of Brooklyn Park 62-51.

The Freeze took their first lead (38-37) of the second half at 15:27 when MacKinzie Magner hit a jumper. From there, they went up 42-37 before the Mustangs’ Keshia Carpenter drained a three-pointer at 10:41 to bring the score within 42-40. Maranatha Academy then tied the score at 42-42 after Carpenter notched a lay-up, but the Freeze quickly countered with four unanswered points.

The Mustangs came within three points again (54-51) with 2:45 left in regulation, but they faded down the stretch. Hannah Monsebroten of the Freeze accounted for the final margin when she hit two free throws with two seconds left in the game.

Liza Hoglo scored a team-high 20 points for the Northern Freeze and MacKinzie Magner added another 16. Katy Martinson had 10 rebounds for the Freeze. On the other side, Alexis Long and Onye Osemenam netted 16 and 15 points, respectively for Maranatha. Osemenam also tallied nine rebounds.

The Freeze, a co-op between Newfolden and Karstad, Minn., will face Goodhue in Friday's semifinals at 12:00 noon at Target Center.

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