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Boys' basketball to host NYA in sectional opener

As the final week of the regular season opened, the Glencoe-Silver Lake boys’ basketball team learned of its postseason fate.
The Panthers were handed the No. 4 seed for the upcoming Section 2AA Tournament and will host fifth-seeded Norwood Young America in the opening round of North subsection play on Monday, March 5.
GSL, which entered this week with a 10-13 overall record, snared the fourth seed with a Quality Results Formula ranking of 65 compared to the Raiders’ rank of 87.
However, NYA defeated the Panthers 64-49 when the two teams met Jan. 20 on the Raiders’ home court.
The winner of Monday’s subsectional opener advances to take on either top-seeded Jordan or No. 8 seed Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at New Prague High School on Thursday, March 8.
As for the waning days of the regular season, GSL went 1-1 last week with a thrilling last-second win at Mound Westonka and a home loss against Rockford.
The Panthers rallied from a 29-22 halftime deficit against the White Hawks and claimed the victory and a season sweep when guard Dane Schwirtz sank a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give GSL a 54-51 victory.
Schwirtz led all scorers with 14 points to go with five rebounds and four steals in the game.
Forwards Gabe Roepke and Kyle Christensen scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Christensen added four rebounds and four assists, while Roepke snared three boards. Fellow forwards Mitchel Klockmann and Connor Kantack had four rebounds apiece.
GSL claimed both wins over MW by a combined five points.
The Panthers returned home on Friday, Feb. 23, and suffered their second loss in as many attempts against visiting Rockford.
The Rockets held GSL to 35 points in the team’s previous meeting on Jan. 26. In the rematch, the Panthers scored 11 more points, but still lost 68-46.
Rockford jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, leading 28-19 at halftime before streaking away with the 22-point victory.
Christensen led the hosts with 19 points, with Klockmann scoring nine points and Schwirtz seven points in the one-sided contest.
GSL closes out the regular season at home this week.
The Panthers hosted New London-Spicer on Tuesday, Feb. 27, after the Chronicle went to press and welcome Dassel-Cokato to town on Friday in the regular-season finale.
GSL gave up a season nigh in points in a 90-54 loss at NL-S at the end of January and fell 64-51 at D-C to open the month of February.
Wins over both teams will give the Panthers a 7-7 record against Wright County Conference West rivals.