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Posted On: 03/16/18 6:30 PM

It was the artist vs the accountant when Grand Rapids and Northfield met Thursday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis for a trip to the 3A state championship game. One one side there was high-flying, acrobatic artist Heaven Hamling of Grand Rapids, a swashbuckling, go-for-broke gunslinger who makes it all go for the Thunderhawks. On the other side it was the cool and calculating, strictly-by-the-book precision of Northfield point guard Grace Touchette. The contrast was striking and it made for great basketball theater. With plenty of back-and-forth, and no shortage of entertainment, the game was there for the taking until the final five minutes. In the end it was Northfield that prevailed, as the accountant ousted the acrobat for a 64-54 win and a trip to the title game.

The Raiders were in control early, leading by as much as 11. Hamling was ice cold and so were most of her teammates. Then the Thunderhawks got hot, going on an 11-0 run without Hamling scoring a single point. It was only a matter of time, however, before Heaven announced her arrival, scoring 9 points to close the half while cutting the margin to two. In the second, Hamling started

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