The Pirates will try to knock off the Green Wave for the first time since 2015.

    For the first time since 2015, the No. 10 Crookston Pirates (17-10, 10-6 Section 8AA) are in the section semifinals game. After knocking off No. 7 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and No. 2 Park Rapids in the first two rounds, the Pirates will take on the No. 3 Green Wave (20-7, 12-3 Section 8AA) for the third time this season.

    EGF, No. 2 in the North Sub-section, won the two contests in the regular season, ended Crookston’s 2018 and boasts an eight game winning streak against the Pirates, No. 5 in the North Sub-section.

    In their first meeting, the Green Wave pulled away late for a 55-33 win while holding the Pirates to their second-lowest score total of the season. In round two at East Side, the teams went down to the final possession as EGF won 50-48. The only player to reach at least 10 points in either contest for Crookston was Rachel Hefta (Sr. F) in game two when the senior scored 10. Chloe Torgerson (So. G) of East Grand Forks averaged 15 points per game in the two matchups.

    Both teams enter with two double digit tournament wins. The Pirates downed DGF 64-47 and Park Rapids 53-48. The Green Wave beat up on No. 14 Warroad 79-17 and cruised to a win over No. 6 Perham 73-47.

    The Pirates are currently in a six game winning streak, their longest of the season. In this stretch, Crookston held opponents to 42.3 points per game. The Pirates emphasize defense, which will be important against an East Grand Forks team that averaged 66.5 points in their last six games and scored at least 70 in their previous three.

    With a victory, Crookston will reach the section finals game for the first time since 2013. East Side looks to qualify for the championship game for the second straight season.

    Tip-off is set for Tuesday, March 5 at 7:45 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium on the UMN Crookston campus.

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