DeLaSalle's Tyseanna Johnson
The first game of the Breakdown Sports girls'/boys' double-header on Lindbergh East court matches up Minnetonka and DeLaSalle. This is another game matching up two opposites: public versus private, suburb versus city, Class AAAA versus Class AAA, fundamental and defensive-minded versus fast-paced and ultra-athletic. The winner just might be the team that can end up dictating the style of play.
Minnetonka moves over from the Classic Lake into the new Lake Conference this year along with Hopkins, Edina, and Wayzata. The Skipppers are led by veteran coach Bart Inniger and senior guard Katy Winge. Katy is just getting back into playing form after an ACL ended her season early last February. She has since signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at mid-major power Northern Illinois.
One season ago, DeLaSalle went through the year with the No. 1 Class AAA ranking and an undefeated season before being upset by Hill-Murray in the state tournament semifinal. Carissa Wolyniec (graduation), Sarina Baker (transfer) and Diamond Lane (transfer) are the big losses to their roster, but the Islanders have added high profile transfers in Mia Loyd and Mariah Adanene. If the two new additions can gel with the remaining players, they could be looking at a year similar to last.
Minnetonka's Katy Winge
Mariah Adanene vs Katy Winge:
Adanene was the leading scorer for the past two season at Minneapolis
Southwest and is multitalented on offense. She can shoot the three, attack the basket with both hands and is a very tough matchup with her back to the basket. Winge is no offensive slouch herself; she is probably a better three-point shooter and is great in transition. Whoever can get on track first in this matchup can really give their team an advantage.
Why Minnetonka will win:
Coach Inniger emphasizes defense, and the Skippers' fundamental approach will keep the Islanders in check. They will take more high percentage shots than DeLaSalle and have fewer unforced errors.
Why DeLaSalle will win:
After and up-and-down opening weekend (loss to unranked Central, and convincing win over Centennial), the Islanders will find their stride and mesh as a team. They are more battle tested, playing those two teams, along with top ranked Lakeville North tonight.
Our prediction: Minnetonka
|10:00 a.m.||Providence Acad||Braham|
|1:15 p.m.||Jefferson||Sauk Centre|
|4:45 p.m.||Eden Prairie||Hill-Murray|
|6:30 p.m.||Hopkins||Lakeville North|
|8:15 p.m.||Hopkins (boys)||Lakeville North (boys)|
|10:30 a.m.||Red Wing||White Bear Lake|
|12:15 p.m.||St. Paul Central||Maranatha|
|2:00 p.m.||Prior Lake||Maple Grove|
|7:15 p.m.||Minnetonka (boys)||DeLaSalle (boys)|