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Posted On: 03/15/18 5:00 PM

Sauk Centre 67 Byron 61

Ayoka Lee is a handful. At 6'6, with a vastly improved skill set and a willingness to do the dirty work, the Byron center is force who challenges every opposing coach to come up with new and creative ways to deal with her enormous presence in the paint. In the first half of Wednesday's state tournament encounter with Sauk Centre, Mainstreeters' coach Scott Bergman had no answers as Lee put up 15 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and blocked 7 shots in 18 excellent minutes. That put the #1 AA team in the state in an unfamiliar position at halftime – Sauk Centre was down nine and wondering what to do next.

What they did after the break reminded us once again just how good this undefeated, perennial state championship contender really is. The Mainstreeters went on a 21-2 second-half run to not only get back in the game but eventually take it over in spite of Lee's brilliance. By night's end, it was Sauk Centre's Maesyn Thiesen, Kelsey Peschel and Tori Peschel who had put up the only stats that really counted: A 67-61 victory and a spot in the AA semifinals against

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