NEWS: Eastview Friday Night, the run to state begins

January 4th, 2019

Bring on Eastview?

Over the holidays the #19 ranked Eagles posted a 2-2 record beating #36 ranked Edina, #47 ranked East Ridge, and losing to #1 ranked Farmington and #11 ranked St. Michael/Albertville.  The schedule will get tougher this week as South Suburban play opens up with the Eagles playing #12 ranked Eastview Friday, January 4th.  Eastview and Apple Valley are currently tied for third place in the South Suburban behind unbeaten Farmington and unbeaten Shakopee.  More importantly, the Eastview game is the first of two in the battle for the #1 seed in Section 3AAAA.  The Lightning and the Eagles are ranked #1 and #2 going into Friday’s game.  In the next 10 days, the Eagles will play #57 ranked Eagan, #16 ranked Lakeville North before hosting #22 ranked Minnetonka in a non-conference game.  The Eastview and Eagan games are Section 3AAAA games in addition to being South Suburban Conference games.  Eastview is the top ranked section 3AAAA team; Valley is this the second ranked 3AAAA team.  Eagan is the sixth ranked Section 3AAAA team and could be the team the Eagles draw in the section quarterfinals.

In their loss to Farmington, Apple Valley trailed by 15 points at halftime 32-17.  They played well in the second half outscoring the Tigers 29-27 but could not overcome that 15 point deficit losing 59-46.  Farmington sophomore center 6’4” Sophie Hart scored 17 points working the low post.  The Eagles’ top scorer was junior Anna Mutch with 15 points.  Hart and Mutch were the only two players in double figures in the Eagles loss to the #1 ranked Class 4A Tigers.

Following the Farmington game, the Eagles hosted East Ridge winning easily 55-34.  Valley cleared the bench with all 17 players seeing action with nine players scoring.  The Eagles’ junior Mutch led the team in scoring again posting 12 points.  Apple Valley played Edina in the opening round of the St. Michael/Albertville beating the Hornets in overtime 74-68.  Edina traditionally relies on outside shooting particularly from 3-point land.  The game used a 35 second shot clock that accelerated play.  Apple Valley took a 5 point lead at the half, 31-26.  The game was tied 63-63 at the end of regulation time.  Megan Baer led the Eagles in scoring with 20 points; Mutch and Kalena Myers each posted 17 points in the win.  Edina scoring came from their two senior guards, Macy Nilsen 23 points and Lauren Oyalo 17 points.    

The Eagles lost to St. Michael/Albertville in the championship game 69-65.  The Knights were led by 5’8” eighth grader Tessa Johnson’s 19 points and ninth grader Emma E. Miller’s 11 points.  Valley led in the closely played game 38-37 at the half.  Mutch led the Eagles in scoring netting 16 points, Kalena Myers added 13 and Chyna Young and Megan Baer each scored 11 points.

Apple Valley plays Eastview Friday night in a potential precursor to the Section 3AAAA championship game that will be played on March 6th.  Eastview has lost twice this season.  The Lightning were grounded by Hopkins 75-48 in a re-match of last season’s Class 4A championship game and lost a squeaker to Lakeville North 56-55.  This past weekend, Eastview beat Northfield 53-28 and Grand Rapids 64-40.  The Lightning are led by 5’10” senior guard Macy Guebert.  Guebert is averaging a 16.8 points a game.  Eastview is a senior dominated team.  Five of the top seven players are seniors.

Junior Varsity: The JV team beat East Ridge 37-33 with Mallory Nelson scoring 15 points to give the jvers an early Christmas present.  In the St. Michael/Albertville tournament, the JV Eagles lost lost to Edina 50-21 in the opening game and lost to Kennedy 34-28 in the third place game.  The JV team took a quick 7-1 lead against the Hornets playing a zone defense.  The Eagles’ zone caused the Hornets multiple turnovers in the first minutes of play.  The Eagles capitalized on on those turnovers pushing the ball quickly into the offensive zone.  Edina called timeout and adjusted to the zone.  Instead of trying to move the ball inside, the Hornets moved the ball quickly around the perimeter shooting 3 pointers. They dropped 7 threes through the net in the first half to build a 28-21 lead at halftime. In the second half the Hornets went back to working the ball low and dominating both offensive and defensive boards.  Though JV Eagles gave up some inside shots, they are starting to body their opponents and improve their inside game.

Against Kennedy, the Eagles guards could not sink the layup.  Kennedy put their tallest player on the point to challenge the guards.  That move slowed the Eagles offense down.  The 6’ Kennedy Eagle used her size to cause the Valley guards to struggle starting an offensive play.  Valley guards adjusted to the point pressure, and worked the ball low for the two foot shot but could not score.  The key stretch in the game came late in the first half.  It set the tone for the rest of the game.  Apple Valley trailed 16-12 and over the next two minutes of play, missed multiple opportunities to grab the lead and establish control of the game.  In those two minutes, the Eagles missed six layups, four free throws, traveled, and failed to block out.  The first half ended on an easy Kennedy score to make it a 19-16 Kennedy lead at halftime.  The layup shooting did not get any better as Valley missed four layups in the final two minutes of play losing the game 34-28.



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