Fri., Dec. 13--Eastview girls 56 Hopkins 54
#2 beats #1, and they did it on the road and without a field goal from leading scorer Madi Guebert, who scored 10 points on 10-of-10 FT. Kari Opatz scored 15 to lead the Lightning.
Player of the Day--Kenisha Bell, Bloomington Kennedy, scored 29 points as the Eagles weathered the Storm of Chanhassan 79-66. Coach of the Day--Melissa Guebert, Eastview girls.
Thurs., Dec. 12--Eden Prairie girls 48 Lakeville North 41
This turned out to be the only high school game of the night, boys or girls, matched two rated teams. North led 22-16 at the half, but the Eagles came out and owned the second half. Lakeville's Polly Sjoberg led all scorers, however, with 17.
Player of the Day--Joey Witthus, Chanhassan boys, scored 36 points in a 75-66 win over Mound-Westonka. Coach of the Day--Chris Carr, Eden Prairie girls.
Wed., Dec. 11--Carleton men 76 Bethel 74
The Carls knock Bethel out of the MIAC lead. Each team now has 1 loss. Mitch Biewen scored 6 points inside of 2 minutes as Carleton wiped out a 4-point Bethel lead.
Player of the Day--Jordyn Sammons, Hamline women, 28 points in a losing cause, 85-58 to St. Thomas. Coach of the Day--Mark Hanson, Gustavus men, and John Herbrechtsmeyer, Bethel women, each of whom won to go 4-0 and take 1st place in the MIAC.
Tues., Dec. 10--Apple Valley boys 96 Hopkins 90
Tyus Jones scored 34 points to lead #1 Apple Valley to another tough win.
Player of the Day--But the PoD is Minnesota Gopher Austin Hollins who scored 20 points with 14 rebounds and 5 assists, to go over the 1,000 point mark for his career and lead the Gophers to a 75-59 win over South Dakota State. Coach of the Day--Rick Adelman of the Minnesota Timberwolves who won a surprisingly easy win at Detroit, 121-94.
Mon., Dec. 9--Mpls. Washburn girls 79 Tartan 71
Tia Elbert of Tartan outscored Chase Coley of Washburn 37-29 in the individual battle between 2 of the top 5 seniors in the state, though Coley added 21 boards and 9 blocks.
Player of the Day--Coley. Coach of the Day--Brian Harris of the Dover-Eyota girls who shocked #4-rated Plainview-Elgin-Millville 102-70 to go 5-0 themselves.
Sun., Dec. 8--Minnesota Gopher women 46 North Dakota 44
How much does Rachel Banham mean to the Gopher women? Well, play without her, even against one of the weakest opponents of the year and the Gophers are never more than a step away from disaster.
Player of the Day--And it would have been a disaster but for Gopher post Amanda Zahui who scored 25 with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Sat., Dec. 7--Apple Valley boys 73 DeLaSalle 63
The game of the decade or of the century proved to be somewhat less than that as DeLaSalle stud Travis Reid was unable to play due to a stress fracture in a foot. And so Tyus Jones and Apple Valley won, well, not with ease exactly, but the outcome was not in doubt from late in the 1st half, which ended with the Eagles up 36-28.
Player of the Day--Tyus Jones with 29 points 11 assists and 7 rebounds. I'll say this, once Tyus Jones gets it in his mind to go to the rim from 20 or 30 or 40 feet, say, nobody gets there quicker. Coach of the Day--Greg Amundson, Centennial girls, who knocked off Minnetonka 61-49 at the Breakdown Tip-Off.