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Henning races past Spring Grove, reaches first basketball title game

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune, 03/22/19, 1:45PM CDT


Four first-half runs helped the Hornets build a 21-point lead at halftime en route to a 67-34 victory in the Class 1A semifinals.

Spring Grove's Caden Grinde (left) and Henning's Sam Fisher battle for a loose ball in the first half of the Class 1A semifinals Friday at Target Center. Photo: DAVID JOLES •david.joles@startribune.com

The bigger the court, the faster Henning plays.

The No. 7-ranked Hornets stung Spring Grove with 14-0 run to end the first half and ran away with a 67-34 victory in the Class 1A semifinals Friday at Target Center.

Henning, making its first state tournament appearance since back-to-back trips in 1965 and 1966, will play Saturday in the championship game for the first time in program history.

“Our quickness is our asset,” Henning coach Randy Misegades said. “We have to get out in transition with our lack of size. We were able to execute that today.”

Henning also had runs of six, seven and eight points in the first half while building a 37-16 lead at the intermission. The Hornets (30-1) were 13-for-22 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from three-point range, and made all six of their free throws in the opening half.

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