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Top Games: Hopkins, Minnetonka heading toward clash for Lake Conference title

02/22/2016, 3:30pm CST
By Shane Koob, Sport Ngin

Feb. 26: The rematch between the Royals and Skippers could decide the league champion.

Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff and the Royals get a chance to avenge an earlier loss to Lake Conference rival Minnetonka in the regular-season finale on Friday. Photo by Cheryl Myers

The final week of the regular season is upon us, and though plenty of teams already have conference titles wrapped up, there are still some league races yet to be decided.

Minnetonka holds a one-game lead in the Lake Conference standings over rival Hopkins to start the week. The Skippers, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, picked up a big 67-59 win over the No. 2-4A Royals on Jan. 22 to take control of the league.

Led by seniors Courtney Fredrickson and Lizzie Odegard, Minnetonka (20-3, 6-0) enters the week on a 17-game winning streak, but has to get through Edina on Tuesday to maintain its conference lead.

Hopkins (22-2, 5-1) faces Wayzata before Friday's matchup with the Skippers, and the defending Class 4A champs are tough to beat in the friendly confines of the Lindbergh Center.

Seniors Nia Hollie and Ashley Bates anchor the deep and talented Royals, who feature nine players averaging five points or more per game.

With loads of talent and the Lake Conference crown on the line, this an easy pick for our final Top Game of the Week.

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