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Knights edge Eskomos at half

MINNEAPOLIS - As good of a run as the Esko girls basketball team has been on in March, it's been a late first-half run by Kenyon-Wanamingo that has been the story.

The second-seeded Knights kept the upset-minded Eskomos at bay with a 15-1 spurt in the opening frame's last seven minutes to currently lead 32-14 at halftime of a Fridaynight's Class AA state girls basketball quarterfinal at the University of Minnesota's Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Unseeded Esko (26-5), which stunned No. 3 New London-Spicer in Wednesday'squarterfinals, have yet to lead, but climbed within 17-13 on a  pair of Karlie Kulas free-throws, until Kenyon-Wanamingo (30-1) went on their surge.

The Knights' Siri Sviggum leads all scorers with 12 points, as Kenyon-Wanamingo is seeking a rematch with No. 1 New Richland-H-E-G (30-0), the state's defending champions, which handed the Knights their only loss this year and are waiting intomorrow's 2 p.m. championship game.

Struggling to keep pace with their talented opposition, the Eskomos, in their 10th overall state appearance and first since 2007, are led in scoring by Erika Shady, Bailey Mudek and Judy Wagemaker, all who have three points on long-distant makes.