By: Jared Hines
The atmosphere inside Buffalo High School was incredible as No. 1 Becker and No. 3 Monticello squared off in the Section 5AAA Final on March 5. The student sections were electric, the Becker pep band was loud, and both sides of the bleachers were completely full.
The beginning of the game was thrilling as well as the Magic and Bulldogs battled back and for early. Cat Terres started off the scoring for the Magic while Alayna Manning added a free throw to put the Magic up 3-2. A Katelyn Lindberg 3-point shot extended the lead to 6-2 and the Magic’s next shot was also another shot from the perimeter, this time by Madison Katzenberger. Morgynn Spears scored on the next possession, putting Monticello up 11-6 with just under 12 minutes left to play. Spears scored the next basket for the Magic as well but Becker kept making shots of their own as the clock ticked under nine minutes in the first half. Freshman Olivia Hanson got on the board with 8:45 left but the Magic continued their foul troubles with Terres picking up three and Lauran Zwack playing the end of the first half with two.
With 6:34 left in the opening half, Manning hit a 3-point shot for the Magic and out of the Monticello timeout, Spears scored her third basket of the game to tie the game 20-20. Unfortunately for Monticello, Becker would end the half on an 11-0 run, taking a 31-20 lead at the half.
The Magic continued to battle early in the second half but the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs were just too tough as the lead grew to 18 with 13:57 left in the half and 25 with 9:59 left in the game. Anna Olson scored six straight points as the Magic continued to rally but ultimately fell short. Becker won the game 71-44.
The Magic finished the 2019-20 season with a 17-11 record under Head Coach Craig Geyen. The team graduated four seniors–Alayna Manning, Cat Terres, Anna Olson and Lauran Zwack. This group has helped immensely in turning the Magic girls basketball program around with many of the seniors starting for three or more years when the team needed them most. Anna Olson finished her career as the second-leading scorer in Monticello girls basketball school history with 1782 points.
Congratulations to the Magic on a fantastic season!