Posted On: 12/10/17 9:00 PM

Welcome to "The Hangover Part IV." As if the first three versions weren't awful enough, the hooping girls of Kasson-Mantorville and Orono are living through a nightmarish fourth. That's how it must feel when the core of your championship-caliber team heads off to college, including an all-everything leader who was the go-to girl for several seasons. Well that's the unenviable spot where both K-M and Orono find themselves now as the Spartans' Tori Andrew now plies her trade at Yale and the Ko-Mets' Kristin Scott lights it up at Iowa State. Orono's 3A state championship is but a distant memory, and all you can do is make do. The two teams entered the contest with a combined win-loss record of 2-7. When it was over, the Ko-Mets had win number two by a score of 69-63.

Kasson led by 14 at the half, but Orono found something in the second period thanks largely to the play of D1-bound Madeline Loder. By the mid-way point, the game was tied at 52. Down the stretch, the Ko-Mets won it at the line, making 10 straight by my count. That enabled them to rebuild the lead as large as seven before fending off

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