Following an easy first-round victory, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team looked to continue its post-season run when Champlin Park paid a visit on March 5 for a Section 5AAAA semifinal.
At the beginning of the season, a top-two seed in section playoffs might not have been on the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team’s radar but that’s where it ended up.
Surprised or not, the Raiders made the most of their high ranking in the first round.
Roseville, seeded second in Section 5, Class 4A, rolled over seventh-seeded Irondale 60-29 at home on Feb. 2. The Raiders held the Knights to single digits in points in the first half and were on cruise control in the second.
Roseville Area High School senior Hsinku Lay closed out his prep wrestling career with his second appearance in the state tournament. Lay went 1-2 at 170 pounds at the event held Feb. 25-27 at Xcel Energy Center.
Lay opened the tournament with a 9-6 victory over Rochester John Marshall junior Elijah Hollins.
After graduating three starters from last year’s team that went 24-2, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team wasn’t expected to be battling it out for a No. 1 seed in the section playoffs this season.