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Patriots advance to state, will face Roseau on Wednesday

Corina Ruud (left) of Pequot Lakes spins to the basket in the second half of the Patriots' game Thursday against International Falls. Dan Determan

The Pequot Lakes girls basketball team avenged a loss earlier in the season to Esko to advance to the Class AA state tournament after defeating Esko 62-58 Saturday, March 12, in the Section 7AA final played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Both teams were 26-3 heading into the section final, with Esko the two-time defending Section 7AA champion. In their last matchup Feb. 13 at Esko, the Patriots lost 55-50.

The Patriots will play Roseau at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

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