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By Breakdown Staff, 01/30/12, 1:57PM CST


Jan. 30: No. 1 versus No. 2 tilt highlights the week ahead in girls' hoops

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 (Jan. 30 - Feb. 4), we feature 20 top games, including a No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown in Class AAAA with Eden Prairie and Hopkins. 

Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Win-E-Mac at Red Lake County Central
A big Section 8A rematch here on another quiet Monday night of games. Win-E-Mac won the first match-up by 14 points and Red Lake County Central looks in enact some revenge on its home court.

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

Eden Prairie at Hopkins
Comment: No. 1 vs. No. 2. It really doesn’t get any better than this…except that we will see this same match-up again at Eden Prairie, and perhaps at the state tournament -- and we already saw it in the Hopkins Christmas Tournament. The Coffey sisters both have recent injuries.

Edina at Minnetonka
Comment: Minnetonka has been reeling, losing four straight games. They need to get back on track in the worst way hosting Edina. Edina has also lost two in a row -- but to No. 1 and No. 1 -- and without its star MC McGrory.

Coon Rapids at Wayzata
Comment: Coon Rapids has made a habit of beating top 10 teams this year (and by that, we mean beating Osseo twice). A tougher tests awaits the Cardinal at Wayzata and we are interested to see if lightning can strike three times.

St. Paul Central at St. Paul Highland Park
Comment: Highland Park is new to our Top 15 rankings in Class AAA. This game will go along way in decide who will represent St. Paul in the Twin City Championship game. Kionda Nicks versus Sade Chatman will be a nice post match-up.

Jordan at New Prague
Comment: This is a big clash of non-conference rivals, with only 10 miles of Highway 21 separating the two. Both are highly-ranked in their classes and both have big-time scorers in Anna Rynda and Madison Dean.

Hill-Murray at South St. Paul
Comment: Hill-Murray hasn’t been playing its best basketball lately, losing to Simley and needing overtime to beat both North St. Paul and Mahtomedi. South St. Paul is ready to take advantage and put itself in a position to be the No. 1 seed in Section 4AAA.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

Roseville at Mounds View
Comment: If you take out the Lake Conference, this is our game of the week. These two teams are led by talented guards in Jacqlyn Poss and Katie McDaniels. Roseville handed Mounds View its only conference loss last time, but it took OT.

North Woods at Barnum
Comment: It's the small school game of the week when No. 4 and undefeated North Woods travels to No. 10 Barnum. This game looks like it could be a preview of the Section 7A championship game.

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Lakeville North at Lakeville South
Comment: Lakeville North has owned this rivalry since Lakeville South opened, but you can bet that the Cougars always get pumped up for these games. If you like posts there are two D1 prospects going head to head -- Katie Quandt and McKenzie Hoelmann.

Wayzata at Hopkins
Comment: Hopkins is just getting to the meat of its schedule and this will be a huge test for the Royals, especially if they are still without one or two Coffeys. You can bet this game has been circled on Wayzata’s schedule for a while.

Chisago Lakes Area at Robbinsdale Cooper
Comment: Interesting match-up here in the North Suburban Conference between two teams ranked in their classes. Also a big difference in styles, with the speed and athleticism of Cooper versus the size and fundamental play of Chisago Lakes.

Sauk Centre at New London-Spicer
Comment: New London-Spicer recently dropped from our Class AA rankings, in large part to a loss at Sauk Centre. The stage is set for the Wildcats to return if they can get a win on their home court in this West Central North match-up.

Minnetonka at Eden Prairie
Comment: Another chance for the Skippers to get back on track when they travel just down the road to Eden Prairie. Mullaney versus Hedstrom will be the prime match-up in this game. Minnetonka will need to find someone to shut down Jackie Johnson as well.

Edina at Champlin Park
Comment: Edina gets the bye in the Lake Conference schedule on Friday, but the Hornets travel up to Champlin Park for a non-conference match-up against a Rebels team that has won five straight.

Kasson-Mantorville at Byron
Comment: This game is an HVL Gold rematch between two teams who recently moved up to Section 1AAA. Kasson-Mantorville won the first match-up in a shootout 74-72, so Byron is looking for revenge at home.

East Ridge at Woodbury
Comment: Neither team has a great record or great rankings, but you can bet that the intensity will be flowing for these district rivals. Woodbury has lost eight of nine, starting with a loss at East Ridge in their first match-up. Great three-point shooting in this game between Jamie Swanson and Kristina White.

St. Peter at Blue Earth Area
Comment: The last time these two teams played St. Peter won 50-49 at home. Now they travel to Blue Earth Area, which is 10-1 since that December 22 game. St. Peter is also 10-1 since the game. South Central Conference and Section 2AA implications.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

Maple Grove at Maranatha Christian
Comment: Maranatha continues its tough non-conference schedule when it welcomes Maple Grove. This will be the Mustangs' seventh game against Class AAA or AAAA teams. Maple Grove has had an off year by its standards and has lost 10 of 12.

Crookston at Hawley
Comment: This game is shaping up to be a preview of the Section 8AA final. Hawley has one loss on the year and is coming off a 3-0 week in which it beat previously undefeated and No. 1AAA Fergus Falls.