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Park Center's Sommer Blakemore (Breakdown player of the game)
Speed kills, and the roads in and out of Brooklyn Park are particularly fast. Just ask the Prior Lake Lakers who got run over time and again by Park Center's superior wheels Saturday as the Pirates rolled to a 78-56 victory at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic. Park Center was paced by Sommer Blakemore's 20-point performance and a slew of transition baskets by freshman Adalia McKenzie and senior Meghan DuBois.
Prior Lake started out fast, launched as they often are by a McKenna Hofschild 3-pointer, and quickly built a 13-4 lead in the first 5 minutes. A Lauren Frost jumper got Park Center going, and the Pirates drew even for the first time at 22-22. Transition buckets by DuBois and Kayla Cox got the racecars revved up for real, stretching the lead to 35-28 at the half despite 15 points from Hofschild, who finished the game with 31.
In the second, Park Center's superior athleticism was the difference, and the Lakers simply could not keep up as the Pirates earned a 22-point win.
— Grant McGinnis
Player of the Game: Sommer Blakemore, Park Center.
Park Center 35-42--78
Prior Lake 28-28--56
Park Center: Sommer Blakemore 20, Adalia McKenzie 13, Meghan Dubois 12, Lauren Frost 10, T'Naye Griffin 8, Kayla Cox 4, Azsha Michael 4, Charo Nickens 3, Chyann Nickens 2, Aaliyah Ragulen 2
Prior Lake: McKenna Hofschild 31, Lexi Hanson 6, Tatum Brostrum 3, Madi Garcia 3, Alexandra Wiskow 3, Kate Trachsel 3, Yaidyn Pitsch 3, Emily Kulstad 2, Ella Schnackenberg 1, Abby Kuboushek 1
Eastview's Mariah Alipate (Breakdown player of the game)
When the curtain went up on St. Michael-Albertville's season Saturday morning at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic, it became obvious that the Knights weren't quite ready for primetime. That was the cue for the Eastview Lightning, who had already staged a pair of command performances last weekend, to steal the show. That's exactly what they did, scoring a 60-43 victory. St. Michael, on the other hand, is probably wishing they had done a few more rehearsals off Broadway.
Eastview's attack was orchestrated as usual by talented guards Emma Carpenter and Maci Guebert. Their usual accomplice is forward Megan Walstad, but on this day the spotlight belonged to senior Mariah Alipate who led all scorers with 17 while Walstad chipped in with 9. Meanwhile, STMA guards Kenzie Kramer and Jadyn Hanson led a disjointed cast that never seemed to get over its opening night jitters, as passes went awry and shots were stymied from beginning to end. Hanson scored 13 and Kramer had 12.
— Grant McGinnis
Mariah Alipate, Eastview.
STMA: Jadyn Hanson 13, Kenzie Kramer 12, Kendal Cox 5, Whitney Dold 4, Lily Tennyson 3, Kaelyn Christian 2, Riley Carlson 2, Hailey Coulson 2
Eastview: Mariah Alipate 17, Maci Guebert 10, Megan Walstad 9, Courtney Carson 6, Andrea Abrams 6, Cassidy Carson 5, Emma Carpenter 4, Jordan Morris 3
Midway through the first half Saturday afternoon at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic, the Minnetonka Skippers were taking on water and looking like it was time to call for the lifeboats and sound the SOS. With two straight losses to open the season, and a deficit that was already over a dozen, things were not right with the good ship Minnetonka against the Rangers from Forest Lake. The second half was something altogether different.
When they returned to the court for more, Minnetonka looked like Minnetonka is supposed to look as one of the highest-rated 4A teams in the state. The Skippers battened down the hatches, played some hard-nosed defense, and went to work on the glass. It paid off, as Minnetonka overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to take the lead midway through the second half. Forest Lake, led on the inside by power forward Abigail Groeneweg and on the outside by point guard Lexie Hultman, made it a dog fight to the end. Hultman had a long three in the final seconds to close the game to two before a Katey Brattland free throw sealed the deal at 67-64. The Skippers were safely back in port and the Rangers were left wondering what had just happened.
— Grant McGinnis
Zoe Hardwick, Minnetonka.
Forest Lake 38-26--64
Minnetonka: Zoe Hardwick 16, Kayla Mershon 16, Megan Walker 15, Katey Brattland 9, Hannah Fransen 6, Blake Greer 3, Erin Shoemaker 2
Forest Lake: Lexie Hultman 20, Abby Leach 10, Maddy Rice 10, Abigail Groeneweg 9, Grace Van Bergen 8, Katherine Taylor 4, Lindsey Johnson 3
Hopkins' Raena Suggs and Paige Bueckers (Breakdown players of the game)
For all of its high-powered, premium octane offensive abilities, the truth is that Brian Cosgriff's Hopkins Royals win a ton because they defend well and they defend hard. Most of the time. Saturday at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic was not one of those times… until it really mattered. In the end, a little more D and a lot more O was enough to dispatch the Centennial Cougars by a score of 84-68 pushing the Royals' record to 2-0.
Of course, a 16-point win over a top 10 opponent would be a successful day's work for most teams. But midway through the second half the Cougars were within 9 and threatening. That's when all-everything point guard Paige Bueckers went to work, draining her only three-pointer of the game, followed by a buffet of pretty baskets and some timely feeds to Raena Suggs and others. Before you knew it, Hopkins was up 20 and coasting home. Bueckers finished the day with 30 points, Suggs had 18, and junior Dlayla Chakolis totaled 17. Taylor McAulay and Claire Orth led the Cougars with 20 and 16 respectively while Claire Orth had 13.
— Grant McGinnis
Raena Suggs and Paige Bueckers, Hopkins.
Hopkins: Paige Bueckers 30, Raena Suggs 18, Dlayla Chakolis 17, Kayhla Adams 9, Jaide Pressley 8, Maya Nnaji 2
Centennial: Taylor McAulay 20, Claire Orth 16, Sydney Stapleton 13, Lexi Matthews 8, Cate Flynn 4, Sarah Lavell 3, Jodi Anderson 2, Claire Johnson 1, Mady Sanders 1
Cretin-Derham Hall's Frannie Hottinger (Breakdown player of the game)
Cretin-Derham Hall and Minneapolis South put on a pretty good offensive show to kick off the 14th annual Breakdown Tip-Off at Hopkins High School. Cretin used terrific ball movement to create easy shots both inside and out, and Frannie Hottinger cleaned up on the boards to the tune of 31 points. Cretin took the lead for good at 7-5 and led by 10 or so for much of the way.
“We’re ahead on offense,” Cretin coach Joe Lynch said, “because we’ve been focusing on it in practice. Defense is something that we’ve got to work on, obviously.”
Morgan Hill came into the game needing 29 points to reach 2,000 for her career, but Cretin threw a bunch of different defenders at her. She scored her 26th point at 7 minutes but didn't score again in the game.
— Marc Hugunin
Frannie Hottinger, Cretin-Derham Hall.
Cretin-Derham Hall 39-42-- 81
Mpls. South 34-28--62
Cretin—Frannie Hottinger 31, Haley Moore 14, Elizabeth Edinger 12, Justyna Butler 8, Autam Mendez 7, Chan’el Anderson Manning 6, Sydney Jackson 2, Paige Goaley 2.
South—Morgan Hill 26, Jade Hill 14, Solana Cushing 8, Maisy Johnson 6, Ariyon Kelly 5, Camryn Benjamin 3.
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross' Emma Schmidt (Breakdown player of the game)
Wheaton-Herman-Norcross overpowered Heritage Christian in running time 63-40 (it was 60-30 at 6 minutes) in the second game on the East Court at Hopkins Lindbergh in the 14th annual Breakdown Girls Tip-Off. Heritage was playing without point guard and leader Taylie Scott, who was reported to be playing club soccer in Georgia today. Heritage coach Lori Crellin said that this is the only game Scott will miss and that “she is a basketball player.”
With Scott out, Wheaton’s guards Emma Schmidt, Anna Rinke, and Izzy Schmidt, all 5-9, were too big, too strong and too experienced for Heritage. And Wheaton post Briona Edwards’ dominaed inside, too, because, don’t forget, Scott plays the baseline in Heritage’s 1-3-1 defense. Edwards, a 5-11 senior lefty, was able to get position down low, catch the ball where she wanted it, and bank it home way too easily.
— Marc Hugunin
Emma Schmidt, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.
Heritage Christian 21-19--40
Heritage—Annika Simonson 17, Jordyn Allen 8, Taylor Schuck 5, Abby Torve 4, Lauren Robbins 2, Katie Smith 2, Emily Tostenson 2.
Wheaton—Emma Schmidt 21, Briona Edwards 17, Anna Rinke 11, Maycee Tolifson 8, Isabelle Schmidt 4, Haley Johnson 3.
For the second straight game on the East Court, one team showed up short of some experienced talent. It was Kamryn D’Heilly, 6-0 senior forward for Annandale, and in this case, she’s not coming back. She’s a volleyball player. Then, 6-2 senior post Allie Spaulding took a blow to the head in the very early going and left the game for the rest of the first half. Meanwhile, Sauk Centre had all of their pieces on the table, and things got out of hand—32-9 at the 6 minute mark.
Bottom line, however, is that Annandale couldn't rein in the Sauk Centre backcourt. The Cardinals best player, Hannah Purcell, gets about a quarter of the touches that she should be getting. Meanwhile, Sauk’s three-headed monster—senior guards Maesyn Theisen and Kelsey Peschel and sophomore wing Tori Peschel—were able to do pretty much what they wanted and combined for 34 points.
The big surprise was 5-11 sophomore center Julia Dammann who scored with both hands, scored with contact, scored in traffic and ended up with 17 points.
— Marc Hugunin
Kelsey Peschel, Sauk Centre.
Sauk Centre 37-26--63
Annandale—Hannah Purcell 9, Abby Neutz 6, Abby Lillehaug 5, Briana Canesi 4, Taylor Medvec 3, Grace Atkinson 3, Lauren Meidlinger 2, Morgan Mandel 2, Allie Spaulding 2.
Sauk centre—Julia Dammann 17, Kelsey Peshel 15 (5 3s), Maesyn Theisen 10, Tori Peschel 9, Kenzie Schmiesing 5, Megan Klaphake 2, Beth Middendorf 2, Michaela Dammann 2.
Wayzata's Annika Stewart (Breakdown player of the game)
It was a game worthy of two state tournament and, who knows, state championship contenders. Wayzata wiped out a five-point Lakeville North lead with under a minute to go to force overtime, and Annika Stewart hit a midrange jumper for the Trojans at about 20 seconds of OT to win it, 72-71.
Lakeville North took an early 10-point lad at 24-14 at the five-minute mark as Kari Macura bird-dogged Mimi Schrader and Ke James denied Kallie Theisen. But Theisen broke loose for 14 straight Wayzata points, the last three of which, an and-1 off the offensive glass, gave the Trojans their first lead since 5-4. It was 31-29 at the half.
In the second half, 16 of the first 19 scores changed the lead or tied the game, but North again got some separation at 58-52 and 62-57 but Jenna Johnson scored off the glass to tie it up at 62 with about 10 seconds left to send it into OT.
Ke James scored 24 points and Analiese Tschida 20 for North. Kallie Theisen scored 21 for Wayzata.
— Marc Hugunin
Annika Stewart, Wayzata.
Lakeville North 29-33-9--71
North—Ke James 24, Analiese Tschida 20, Kari Macura 14, Taylor Brown 11, Lauren Jensen 2.
Wayzata—Kallie Theisen 21, Annika Stewart 15, Mimi Schrader 12, Jenna Johnson 11, Jasmine Smiley 11, Ella Schrader 3.
Minnehaha Academy rallied in the second half to beat Roseau, 65-52, in the Breakdown's Tip Off Classic at Hopkins, but it wasn't always pretty.
Minnehaha coach Josh Thurow summed it up this way. “We played like crap and won, as opposed to the other night (versus Holy Angels) when we played great and lost.”
Roseau coach Kelsey Didrikson said, “We just didn’t have any ball movement. We didn’t get people involved.”
For the third time today, a team showed up with a significant player in street clothes. Taylie Scott. Kamryn D’Heilly. Now Victoria Johnson, 6-2 senior post for Roseau. And, then, on top of that, freshman guard Katie Borowicz, played just one minute of the second half after committing four fouls in the first half. Still, Roseau led 32-24 late in the first half, but Minnehaha outscored Roseau 41-20 the rest of the way.
Roseau still led 40-38 at 10:30 when the wheels really came off. Kacie Borowicz couldn’t buy a bucket and with Katie and Victoria out, the Rams weren’t able to put many points on the board. Nevaeh Galloway scored 8, Taytum Rhoades and Mia Curtis 7 and Terra Rhoades 5 the rest of the way while Roseau scored just 10 after 10:30 of the second.
— Marc Hugunin
Taytum Rhoades, Minnehaha Academy.
Minnehaha 30-35-- 65
Minnehaha—Taytum Rhoades 21, Terra Rhoades 15, Mia Curtis 14, Nevaeh Galloway 8, Avery New 7.
Roseau—Kacie Borowicz 20, McKayla Christianson 8, Emma Waling 7, Bria Dale 5, Katie Borowicz 3, Haley Ostgaard 3, Torie Peterson 2, Morgan Groenhoff 2, Mya Hough 2.
Mahtomedi's Emma Grothaus (Breakdown player of the game)
One week ago, all everyone wanted to talk about was DeLaSalle's vast array of offensive weapons and how difficult it is to contain the Islanders, one of the elite teams among Minnesota's 3A schools. After Saturday's performance at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic, however, the answer for future DLS opponents was clear: Do what Mahtomedi did. What Mahtomedi did was employ stifling, suffocating, painfully patient defense that slowed the Islanders to a standstill, and the result was a convincing 51-36 victory. Of course, it helps when you have an elite talent like Emma Grothaus at your disposal to do good work on offense, and that's exactly what she did. A top 10 player in the Class of 2018, Grothaus scored 32 points as the Zephyrs made it clear that they, too, should be in the conversation about potential state champions.
DeLaSalle had things its way in the early going, building a 6-point cushion. Once Mahtomedi's defense kicked into gear, however, the Islanders had trouble mounting much offense of any description. After a plodding half of basketball, the Zephyrs were up 18-17. In the second, Mahtomedi displayed great patience at both ends of the floor, choosing its spots wisely, and waiting for quality scoring opportunities. Eventually those opportunities came and Grothaus picked the Islanders apart. The result was a statement win for Mahtomedi and an afternoon of frustration for the Islanders.
— Grant McGinnis
Emma Grothaus, Mahtomedi
Mahtomedi: Emma Grothaus 32, Anika Sougstad 9, Josie Underwood 5, Eve Farrell 2, Cauli McGauley 2, Lydia Maule 1
DeLaSalle: Nureji Weems 14, Alexis Cochrane-Starr 6, Ayana Gardiner 6, Olivia Travis 4, Mary-Claire Francois 2, Nora Francois 2, Elaina Jones 2
Maranatha Christian's Kylie Post and Jaclyn Jarnot (Breakdown players of the game)
Maranatha Christian Academy’s pressure defense was too much for Sleepy Eye, as the Redhawks turned out a 76-46 victory at the Breakdown's Tip Off Classic. The Redhawks scored 13 points on 14 Sleepy Eye turnovers in the first half alone. Maranatha used a 17-0 run to go ahead 28-9 at 6:30 of the first half and coasted from there. Maranatha coach Chris Buerman provided ample minutes to his deep bench, which meant there were some sloppy and foul-filled minutes. But his starting five of Jaclyn Jarnot, Kylie Post, Breianna Smestad, Kae Saena Barth-Lofton and Sophia Montgomery and primary reserve Macy Smith, just a freshman, were dominant on defense, off the boards and running an aggressive fast break.
Sleepy Eye got as close as 42-32 to open the second half but an 18-4 Maranatha run put it out of reach. It looked like running time there for a minute at 74-41 but Sleepy Eye responded with five quick points. The final was 76-46.
— Marc Hugunin
Jaclyn Jarnot and Kylie Post, Maranatha Christian.
Sleepy Eye 30-16-- 46
Maranatha—Jaclyn Jarnot 24, Kylie Post 14, Breianna Smestad 8, Kennedy Burquest 8, Kae Saena Barth-Lofton 6, K.J. Davis 5, Kaitlin Post 4, Macy Smith 4, Sophia Montgomery 2, Desiree Ware 2.
Sleepy Eye—Madi Heiderscheidt 21, Sarah Ibarra 7, Madison Krueger 7, McKenzie Cselovski 4, Brianna Polesky 3, Mya Ibberson 2, Mariah Miller 2.
N-YA's Abby Mackenthun (Breakdown player of the game)
The headliner whose name was up in lights on the marquee was Carmen Backes, the talented forward from Chisago Lakes with the big ticket to the University of Wisconsin. The real star of the show, however, was Abby Mackenthun of Norwood-Young America, who led her Raiders squad to an impressive 71-53 victory over Chisago Lakes at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic in Hopkins. With Backes on the comeback trail from another knee injury and playing limited minutes, she wasn't quite up to her high standards, yet still managed to score 17 while showing flashes of greatness. Meanwhile, Mackenthun was just being her usual super-efficient self, effectively running the show for the Raiders, making smart decisions at the right time and every so often knocking down an important shot.
The game was tight throughout most of the first half until the final three minutes. That's when Mackenthun did her best work, landing a pair of long threes while Kali Grimm added one of her own. That little spurt of energy created enough separation to give the Raiders a 35-27 lead at the half. Norwood-Young America wasted little time after the break asserting its dominance thanks largely to some great work on the glass by big Bren Fox, and an application of significant defensive pressure on the Wildcats. Before long the lead was 12 then 15 then more and the Raiders were on their way home with a W.
— Grant McGinnis
Abby Mackenthun, Norwood-Young America
NYA: Kallie Grimm 18, Abby Mackenthun 17, Bren Fox 13, Anna Mackenthun 10, Samantha Miller 9, Jayden Fritz 1, Kacie Miller 1, Hannah Zellmann 1
Chisago: Carmen Backes 17, Hannah Gillach 12, Anna Peters 10, Sophia Wood 6, Heather Elfering 5, Fiona Tollefson 4, Lydia Rehder 2
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