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Cardinals can’t slow Warriors; trail at half

MINNEAPOLIS — Briona Edwards has 17 points and the Warriors have instilled their size advantage inside with 34 points in the paint, as Wheaton/Herman-Norcross has a 38-26 lead on Cromwell-Wright in a Class A state girls basketball quarterfinal this afternoon at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
The fifth-seeded Warriors (28-2), making their first tournament appearance as a cooperative program since Wheaton alone last qualified in 1987. They have done everything near the basket at the home of the Golden Gophers hockey program — scoring 90 percent of their points underneath.
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, from the far western part of the state, along with their 34-14 advantage in lane, has also out-rebounded the Cardinals 23-11 in the opening 18 minutes.
Fourth-seeded Cromwell-Wright, in their first state appearance since 2004, have been paced by Coach Jeff Gronner’s daughter, Bailey, a junior with 10 points thus far.
If there is one bright spot, the Cardinals, which have hit 317 3-pointers — or almost 11 per game — can shoot the long ball as good as any. They will need to heat up quickly.
Check back for today’s full game story after the game.

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