The Class 3A championship game Saturday will feature the added layer of pitting close friends against each other.
Red Wing senior guard Tesha Buck and DeLaSalle forward Tyseanna Johnson have played together for three years on the North/Tartan AAU team. Over that time, they developed a very strong relationship.
“She’s my best friend,” Johnson said after Thursday’s semifinal victory over Monticello. “It’s great to see her make it to the finals.”
BFFs or not, Johnson said that she has no plans to take it easy on Buck in the finals.
“Oh, yeah, I’ll be guarding her,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Plenty of talent in state
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve has been spotted around Target Center throughout the girls’ basketball state tournament.
Outside her general support for women’s and girls’ basketball, Reeve has developed a unique interest in the local high school scene. She said individuals within the Lynx organization follow Minnesota’s top talent and identified 14 players in the Class 4A semifinals who could play Division 1 basketball.
“I’m really impressed. It bodes well for [the WNBA’s] future as a league,” Reeve said. “It’s fun to watch.”
Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen played at Hutchinson and then for the Gophers.