Henning fell behind 8-2 to start their championship semifinal contest against Spring Grove on Frida afternoon at Target Center, however, the Hornets outscored the Lions 35-8 the rest of the half to open up a 37-16 halftime lead on the way to lopsided 67-34 victory. The win is the thirtieth of the year for the Hornets and puts them in the Saturday morning title game against Northwoods at 11:00am at Target Center.
Henning used a highly efficient offense and a tenacious defense in their domination of the Lions. The Hornets hit 56.5% (26-46) of their field goal attempts and 47.1% (8-17) of their three-point shots, while placing four players in double figures. They also made all seven of their free throw opportunities and dished out 18 assists on their 26 made baskets.
Parker Fraki made 4-of-7 3’s and finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Sam Fisher had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, dished out a team high 8 assists and had 3 steals. Isaac Fisher scored 14 points, had 3 assists and led the Hornets with 6 steals, and Adam Lange made all four of his shots from the floor and both of his free throws to end the game with10 points, while pulling down five rebounds. Blake Wallevand contributed 7 points and 5 boards. Henning held a 31-30 edge on the boards and forced 17 Spring Grove turnovers, which led to 21 points/.
Spring Grove was led by sophomore Caden Grinde with 11 points. Kai Bjerke added 9 points and Noah Elton led the team with 7 rebounds. After making 13-of-20 3’s in their upset win over top seeded Springfield on Thursday, the Lions made only 4-of-23 (17.4%) from beyond the arc on Friday, and hits just 14-of-54 (25.9%) of their total field goal attempts.
Henning will now face third-seeded Northwoods, who defeated second-seeded Ada-Borup 57-55 in the other semifinal contest on Friday.