Posted On: 03/15/18 4:15 PM

Lakeville North 68 vs Maple Grove 66 (OT)

The gods giveth and the gods taketh away. On day one of the state girls basketball tournament, Lakeville North's Lauren Jensen had redemption handed to her on a silver platter to atone for a healthy dose of bad luck one year ago. Actually, it wasn't the gods who awarded Jensen with good fortune, it was a paunchy middle-aged guy with a striped shirt and a whistle.

With the game against Maple Grove tied in overtime, and just 0.3 seconds left on the clock, Jensen was gifted a pair of free throws that ultimately handed this year's heartbreak to the Crimson. She made both shots and Lakeville North escaped with the victory. Maple Grove, which had played an outstanding game and has had a very nice season, could only wonder what might have been as the Panthers advanced to Thursday's semifinals

Was it a foul? Probably, but referees need to have situational awareness. They need to know when to call and when not call. I mean, there were 0.3 seconds left. The game was tied, and headed for a second overtime. The basketball was 94 feet from where it could do any

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