NEWS: Valley Girls Opens South Suburban Play with a Solid Win at Lakeville South, Prior Lake Up Next

December 12th, 2018

The Apple Valley girls basketball team built an 11 point lead over Lakeville South in the first half and coasted to a 54-42 win over the Cougars in their South Suburban Conference opener. Anna Mutch and Megan Baer led the team. The pair used their inside quick play scoring a combined 35 points.  Mutch sank 16 points and Baer scored 19. Mykel Parham continued her good play in the post added 3 points. Guards Kalena Myers (8 points) and Chyna Young (6 points) upped their play pressuring the Cougars point guard and scoring more. Jenna Nyblom continued her “sixth man” role coming off the bench to score a duce.

Apple Valley’s defense held the Cougars’ top scorers (Anna Harvey, Haylee Wheeler, and Adi Brown) to 19 points. The Lakeville South trio scored 44 points in beating a tough #6 ranked Eden Praire team 61-53 last Thursday.  The win over the Cougars was a solid one to open conference play. The Eagles are now 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in the South Suburban. Lakeville South fell to 1-5 on the season and 0-1 in South Suburban play.

This Friday, the Eagles will host Prior Lake led by 5’3” senior guard McKenna Hofschild.  Hofschild broke the Minnesota girls basketball single game scoring record two weeks ago when she put 63 points through the hoop in a 99-95 loss to Park Center. It is obvious that Prior Lake likes to run the ball and will test the more patient Eagles. Last night, Hofschild had to share the scoring honors with Haidyn Pitsch in the Lakers’ 76-53 win over Rosemount. Each posted 20 points in beating the Irish.  Lakers’ Kate Trachsel (6 points), Emily Kulstad (7 points), and Lexi Wiskow (6 points) had good games. Prior Lake is 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in the South Suburban.

State Tourney view (December 12, 2018): Mn Scores Net ranks the top 8 AAAA teams as follows: 1-Hopkins, 2-St. Michael/Albertville, 3-Farmington, 3-Burnsville, 5-Roseville, 6-Eden Prairie, 7-Wazata, and 8-Chaska. They also rank the teams within sections and based on their current rankings, the 2019 girls AAAA state tourney quarterfinals would look like this: 6A-Hopkins playing 7A Forest Lake, 8A-St. Michael/Albertville playing 4A Stillwater, 1A Farmington or 3A Burnsville playing #2A Eden Prairie, and 1A Farmington or 3A Burnsville playing #5A Roseville. The Eagles have to beat Burnsville, Rosemount, and Eastview to get to state as 3A titlists. If they do, they would play either Eden Prairie or Roseville if the MN Scores Net rankings are true in February.

After Prior Lake on Friday, the Eagles play at #3 ranked Farmington in one of the big games this season a week from today. The Eagles play a non-conference game at home against #41 ranked East Ridge and play in the St. Michael/Albertville tourney (first game opponent is TBD) on December 27th.

JV improve: After being blitzed in their last two games, the junior varsity held their own in a 42-24 loss to Lakeville South. The guard play improved tremendously but still allowed for some traps. The guards have to play aggressively. They control the play on offense and need to pass hard and quickly to avoid turnovers. The front line played solid defense for most of the game, but South used their experience to beat the Eagle girls to the ball. Losing the races allowed the Cougars to get multiple shots but it also allowed the Eagles to capitalize on the fast breaks. South would often get caught crashing the offensive board. Lakeville built an early lead on 3 pointers, but the JV’s pressing defense and zone play has improved. They played an even second half.  


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