Red Wing head coach Dave Muelken made his team a deal. Advance to the AAA championship game Saturday night and he would run sprints with his team. Despite two of their seniors fouling out, the Wingers advanced to the AAA championship game with a physical and emotional 61-59 win over Richfield. In the locker room, his team made sure he remembered his wager.
"I'll run them with a smile on my face," said Muelken. "I said 'if we get to Saturday night, I'm runnin with you guys'."
Senior Tesha Buck led the way for Red Wing with 18 points but picked up her fifth foul with 3:01 left in the game and her team leading by five. It appeared as though the Wingers were going to let the lead slip through their fingers but youth was served when an 8th grader and reserves made seven of ten free throws with less than a minute remaining in the game.
The Wingers created a cushion in the first half when Richfield's Jessica January picked up her third foul and was forced to the bench for the final 3:31 of the first half. The Wingers took full advantage going on an 11-3 run to end the half.
"She's a huge difference maker in the game," said Buck. "She can single handedly take over a game so we knew that when she got her third foul that we had to go on a run."
January buried a deep three to pull the game to within two points and had the ball in her hands with her team down two but passed to a wide open Mackinsey Schramm who missed a three point shot at the buzzer.
January led all scorers with 29 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Red Wing had three players in double figures. Buck with 18, Macy Kelly had 13 points and 12 rebounds and McKenzie Muelken added 12 points.
The Wingers will face the winner of DeLaSalle and Monticello Saturday night at 6PM.