Pierz drew the third-seeded team in Sub-Section 6AA North in the first round, but its opponent proved to be the toughest.
Host Sauk Centre knocked off the sixth-seeded Pioneers 75-52 in the first round of postseason play, March 6, then went on to claim the sub-section championship.
Sauk Centre used a fast start to build a 39-18 lead at the break, then kept its margin at 15 or more throughout the second half.
Senior Tiara Hopkins scored 24 points and pulled in 12 rebounds to lead Pierz, while senior Bridget Bednar recorded 13 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Junior Talyre Boser scored five points, junior Shelbie Boser put in four and senior Kailey Egan and junior Kendra Fischer each chipped in three.
Shelbie Boser also passed out five assists and Egan distributed four, while Fischer grabbed eight rebounds.
Pierz finished the season with a record of 9-17, winning its final five games of the regular season.
Seniors on this year’s roster included Hopkins, Egan and Bednar.
Huskers fall in overtime
Fourth-seeded Holdingford suffered a more heart-breaking end to its season, March 6, falling 43-41 in overtime at home to fifth-seeded Melrose Area.
The Huskers finished with a record of 20-6, the first time they had reached 20 wins in 32 years, while placing second in the Central Minnesota Conference.
Seniors on this year’s roster included Jodi Middendorf, Joelle Ertl, Sam Maciej and Megan Auger.