High School Hoops: Winona girls defeat Red Wing

Hallee Hoeppner scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Winona Senior High School girls basketball team to a 59-50 win over Red Wing on Tuesday.

The two teams were knotted at 30-30 at the half, but Winona (17-8, 15-6 Big Nine) pulled away a bit in the second half to win its third consecutive game.

Abby Winter finished with nine points for WSHS, while Danneka Voegeli finished had eight and both Eden Nibbelink and Justine Schultz tossed in seven.

Red Wing (11-14, 10-11) got 15 points from McKenzie Cota and 10 from Tayzha Buck, but also a wonderful moment agreed upon by Wingers coach Dave Muelken and Winhawks coach Tim Gleason on Senior Night in Red Wing.

Senior McKenzie Muelken had been out since mid-January with an ACL injury, but with 30 seconds left in the game, Muelken checked in and with the Winona defenders standing aside, Muelken’s sister McKayla dribbled the ball up court, passed it McKenzie and she knocked down one last basket as a Winger before heading to Bemidji State to play basketball next season. The Muelken sisters embraced after the basket as the crowd offered a standing ovation in perhaps the most memorable moment from this season’s High School Hoops on HBC schedule.

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