Each week, the Breakdown staff scans the schedules of girls' basketball teams across the state, looking for matchups between the best teams and players in Minnesota high school hoops. Check back at the beginning of every week for the new top games of the upcoming seven days.
This week (Feb. 13-18), we feature 20 top games, including another rematch of last year's Class AAAA state championship game combatants.
Cherry at North Woods
Comment: This is probably the biggest test North Woods has left in its quest for an undefeated regular season. Cherry aims to play the spoiler despite a 28-point loss in the last meeting.
Hawley at Ada-Borup
Comment: A really nice non-conference battle here that also pits two ranked teams from different classes. Hawley dropped a game last week and now has two losses on the year, while Ada-Borup comes in 18-1.
Isle at Braham
Comment: This game could be a barn-burner, as the last meeting at Isle was won 71-70 by Braham. This time the Huskies travel to Braham to face Dahlman and crew and are hoping for a different result. A win by Isle would likely get it a share of the conference title.
Centennial at Park Center
Comment: Two rather young teams face off here in what could be a very exciting game. Centennial won the last match-up by 20, but we are betting this one will be closer. Centennial is still in the mix for a conference championship.
Edina at Eden Prairie
Comment: Edina is completely healthy going into this game, with MC McGrory back from concussion issues. Eden Prairie on the other hand may not have Shayne Mullaney for the very same reason. If both of them play, this will be a big-time battle on Valentine's Day.
Park of Cottage Grove at Roseville
Comment: With White Bear Lake's win over Mounds View last week, there are only three teams tied for first in the SEC, and here are two of them. Park got the first game by two. Jacqlyn Poss vs Larissa Lurken in the battle of combo guards.
Kenyon-Wanamingo at Pine Island
Comment: The last match-up between these teams was anti-climactic, as Pine Island won going away. Kenyon will come to Pine Island hoping to wreck Pine Island’s run to an HVL title.
Southland at Caledonia
Comment: Southland has been having a dream season and comes into this game with only two losses, and one win against Caledonia already under their belt. The difference this time, is star forward Maria Fruechte will play for Caledonia this time around.
Little Falls at Sartell-St. Stephen
Comment: We like this game because of the match-up between two really nice post players. Whitney Weisz from Little Falls will square off against Abbie Whitney from Sartell.
South St. Paul at Hill-Murray
Comment: This game is hugely important because it happens right before voting happens for Section 4 seeding. At this point Simley has beaten HM, HM Has beaten SSP, and SSP has beaten Simley.
Waconia at Benilde-St. Margaret's
Comment: Two ranked teams from Class AAA square off in this non-conference match-up that will be very important for section seeding. If Waconia can pull out a win, this will likely be a preview of a section semifinal match-up.
Esko at Barnum
Comment: Both of these teams are undefeated in Polar League play, so this game should decide the conference championship unless the winner falters down the stretch.
Kasson-Mantorville at Goodhue
Comment: This is the only meeting of these two teams this year, unless Pine Island drops a game and Goodhue can sneak into the HVL Championship game. Kasson has one loss on the year, and Goodhue is highly ranked in Class A.
Holy Family Catholic at St. Peter
Comment: Interesting non-conference action here, between two teams ranked in the top 10 in their respective classes. Unfortunately for these two teams, their road to the state tournament will have to go through the No. 1 or No. 2 (or both) teams in the state.
Hawley at Pelican Rapids
Comment: Hawley’s loss to Perham last week opens the door for Pelican Rapids to steal a share of the Heart O’Lakes Conference with a win in this game. Hawley won the last match-up by almost 20.
Providence Academy at DeLaSalle
Comment: Much anticipated rematch between two teams ranked either #1 or #2 in their class in the state. Providence, who is new to the Tri-Metro, won the first match-up, so DeLaSalle will be looking for revenge on the Island.
Hopkins at Eden Prairie
Comment: These teams square off for the third time this year, in what may not be the last match-up (potential state championship match-up). Eden Prairie was able to narrow the gap last time out, so maybe they are saving their best for last.
Chanhassen at Chaska
Comment: Last time out, Chaska gave Chanhassen all it could handle in this big-time rivalry. You can believe it will be just as heated this time around. Chaska is superior in the post, while Chan owns the guard match-ups.
Hancock at Canby
Comment: Canby was highly ranked in our preseason rankings, but sputtered a little to start the season. Then they rolled off 11 in a row before losing to Minneota on Friday. No. 15 Hancock will be a great game for them to get ready for section play.
St. Peter at Jordan
Comment: No. 8 vs No. 9 in Class AA faceoff in this game at Jordan on Saturday night. It is another scenario where both of these highly-ranked teams have very difficult paths to reach the state tournament, so these big-time games will help them get ready.