Hudson had five players score in double figures and needed all of those points to get past Woodbury Central in an entertaining, well-played Class 2A game.
Casey Miles came within two rebounds of a triple-double as the fourth-ranked Pirates beat No. 14 Woodbury Central 84-75 to earn a berth in the state semifinals.
Woodbury Central, playing in the state tournament for the first time, also had great balance. Kristin Hubert knocked down six 3-pointers in leading the Wildcats with 20 points. Ellen Gallagher added 18 points, Makenzie Melby scored 13 and Jacey Stratton 10.
Neither team showed any tournament jitters in the back-and-forth game. Woodbury Central shot 50 percent for the game and Hudson, in the tournament for the first time since 2003, shot 49 percent. The Pirates also hit 22 of 25 free throws, including 12 of 13 in the final 2 minutes to secure the victory.
The lead changed hands five times in the first half, and while Hudson led throughout the final two quarters, Woodbury Central kept nipping at the Pirates' heels.
It was 46-44 midway through the third quarter when Hudson finally began to get some breathing room. Cartney scored six points and Koch drained a 3-pointer behind Cartney's screen at the third quarter buzzer for a 58-50 lead.
"I can't say enough about how proud I am of these girls," Head Coach Matt Jenness said. "We've done some amazing things this season. They just need to remeber to keep their head held high."
Woodbury Central finishes 21-4 after upsetting No. 3 Hinton and No. 9 Treynor to reach the state tournament.
Thanks to its suffocating defense, Cascade is still perfect in first-round state tournament games.
Second-ranked Cascade shut down Manson-Northwest Webster from the start and carved out a 43-21 victory in the opening game of the Class 2A tourney.
It was a typical performance for the unbeaten Cougars, who came in giving up only 31.2 points a game and didn't even allow that. Cascade jumped to a 19-1 lead and was never threatened in holding 15th-ranked Manson-Northwest Webster to seven field goals for the game.
Only four teams have scored as many as 40 points against Cascade all season.
Manson-Northwest Webster made it to state for the eighth time despite losing star Ellie Herzberg to an elbow injury after eight games. Herzberg, who has signed with Northern Iowa, had been averaging 25.6 points a game.
Faith Troshynski led Manson-Northwest Webster in Monday night's game with eight points.
Manson-Northwest Webster finishes 20-5.
South Central Calhoun could not knock off 5th ranked North Linn.
The game was tied 37-37 after three quarters but South Central Calhoun was out-scored 20-12 in the fourth quarter.
Nicole Miller led everyone with 25 and North Linn takes it 57-49 over South Central Calhoun, who finishes 21-4.
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