The Grand Meadow Superlarks and the Blooming Prairie battled in the Section 1A Semifinal Saturday morning, and the Superlarks comeback attempt just fell short as the top-seeded Blossoms advanced to the Section 1A Final, 52-49.

Blooming Prairie led by 12 with just over two minutes to go, the Superlarks came roaring back to cut the lead down to three with seconds to go. Grand Meadow had a decent look from half-court, but it was just off the iron as the buzzer sounded and the Blossoms escaped with the three-point win.

It was a tightly contested first-half, as the two squads traded baskets throughout the half. Colt Landers was great in the first half fro Grand Meadow, as he paced the squad with 11 first-half points.

The Blossoms pushed the lead to three with just over a minute left in the half to take a 24-21 lead into the break. Blooming Prairie had a balanced scoring attack throughout the game, led by Parker Vaith and Zach Archer in the first half with six points each.

The Blossoms took control in the second half and building up a quick 10-point lead. The Superlarks didn't back down, and continued to push, forcing the Blossoms to the free-throw line.

Blooming Prairie wasn't great at the line down the stretch, and the Superlarks had their final look from half court just miss as the Blossoms held on to the three-point win.

Landers finished with 17 points to lead Grand Meadow, while Ethan Lane had 16. Vaith and Drew Kittelson each had 12 to lead BP.

The Blossoms will take on #2 seeded Hayfield in the Section 1A Final at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Kingsley Mercantile Game Ball - Ethan Lane (Grand Meadow)

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