A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Boys Swimming and Diving:
The Section 5AA Tournament was held on Thursday, February 21-Saturday, February 23.  The PA/Osseo Swim co-op finished seventh in a very strong section. Providence freshman Nick Fogle finished fifth in the One Meter Diving competition and missed a trip to state by one place!

This concludes the 2018-19 Boys Swimming and Diving season. Congratulations to all who represented Providence Academy and the Co-op so well.

Complete section results may be found here.

Girls Basketball:
The Girls Basketball team is 18-8.

Friday, February 22 the Lions traveled to West St. Paul to play their last regular season game. The Lions edged the Crusaders by a score of 48-46. Senior Maggie Murphy led all scorers with 17 points. Freshman Maria Counts added 12, and junior Madeline Anderson chipped in 9 in the contest.

The Lions started Section 5AA play on Thursday, February 28 as they faced the PACT Charter School Panthers. The fifth-seeded Lions made quick work of the twelfth seed, and bested the Panthers 68-16. Murphy again led the Lions with 30 points. Junior Hailey Hohenecker dropped 12, and Anderson scored 10 in the victory.

Next up: Saturday, March 2 the Lions will face Minneapolis North in the Section 5AA quarterfinals. The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael Albertville High School.

Girls Section 5AA brackets may be viewed here.

Follow @PA_GirlsHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Basketball.

Click here to view replays of all home girls basketball games and to subscribe to other live streaming contests.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Girls Basketball Hub page.

Boys Basketball:
The Boys Basketball team is 14-10.

It has been a rough week for the Lions!

Saturday, February 23 the Lions (14-8) hosted (10-12) Howard Lake Waverly. The Lions started off well, behind the sharp shooting of Dylan Servais, and held a 35-31 lead at the half. The visitors made adjustments at halftime and went into a ‘Box-in-one’ on senior guard Dylan Servais and held the Lions to a 15-point 2nd half. The Lions tried to make a late run but ran out of gas and lost 63-50. The Lions were led in scoring by seniors Dylan Servais, netting 16 points and 3 assists, and Sam Young, who chipped in a season-high 14 points.

On Tuesday, February 26 the Lions (14-9) traveled to St Paul to face St. Paul Prep/High School for the Recording Arts (12-5) on their senior night. The host started with sharp shooting from the outside making 6 three-point shots to have a 31-28 halftime lead. The Lions came out the second half behind the 3 point shooting of senior Evan Marsh making 3 three-pointers in a row and took a 1 point lead with 2 minutes to play. The host would not go quietly on their Senior Night and were able to continue their hot 3-point shooting and took the lead back with seconds to go. The Lions were able to get a defensive stop and steal to find senior Mark Richelsen who made the game tying shot to send it into overtime.

In the first overtime, both teams went back and forth and it came down to the wire again. With 30 seconds to play, the host made a shot attempt, missed, and the Lions secured the rebound with 20 seconds to play. Unfortunately, the referee assessed a technical foul on the bench and the host was given an opportunity to make 2 free throws and receive the ball back. The host made the 2 free throws and inbounded the ball followed quickly by a Lions foul. The host made the first free throw and missed the second. The Lions went onto the offensive attack and senior guard Sam Young got free and knocked down a 3-point shot to tie it up and send it into a second overtime.

Late in the second overtime, the Lions had a 1 point lead with 7 seconds to play but the hosts were able to penetrate the defensive of Providence and find an open player under the basket for a layup and the Lions lost 83-82 in an exciting, emotional game. Richelsen scored 27 points, Servais 18 points, senior Logan Blomberg 16 points and Marsh netted 12 points.

Next Up: Today the Lions will travel to Elk River to face the Spectrum Sting, 7:00 p.m. tip off. On Monday, March 4, the Lions will finish out the regular season by hosting conference foe and number 1 ranked Minnehaha Academy, 7:00 p.m. tip off. Thursday, March 7 the Lions will begin Section 5AA play.

Boys Section 5AA brackets may be viewed here.

Click here to view replays of all home boys basketball games and to subscribe to other live streaming contests.

Follow @PA_BoysHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Basketball.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Boys Basketball Hub page.

Remember to follow @PAheadmaster, @PAcademyATH, @PA_MSathletics, @PALionsAD, and @ProvidenceLions for the most current updates regarding Providence Academy Athletics.

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