Three events scheduled for Nov. 24-25 usher in the first weekend of the high school girls' basketball season in style — with several matchups between the state’s top teams.
The Thanksgiving Tip-Off at St. Thomas University features seven games in a two-day round robin. Holy Angels, which was the Class 3A state champion two years ago and the third-place finisher last season, faces Dowling Catholic (Des Moines, Iowa) at 9 p.m. in the night cap on Friday.
Three miles north, Hamline University presents the Pat Paterson Tournament. Ranked third by Minnesota Basketball News poll in last year’s final Class 3A poll, Orono begins its season Friday at 3:30 p.m in a battle against St. Paul Como Park, a program coming off a Class 3A state tournament appearance.
In the north metro, defending Class 4A champion Elk River hosts a four-team tournament. The Elks, who finished last season undefeated, face Moorhead while Rosemount wrangles with Wayzata on Nov. 24. Each has a scheduled 4 p.m. start.
The first full day of games is Nov. 28, when 133 contests are on the slate. Hutchinson, which was the top-ranked team in last season’s final Class 3A poll, travels to fellow Class 3A power Kasson-Mantorville, while in the east metro, Class 4A’s East Ridge visits Class 3A Mahtomedi — a matchup featuring two teams that finished ranked in the top 10 of their classes a season ago.
The first weekend in December is highlighted by the Breakdown Sports Tip Off Classic at Hopkins High School. Five teams ranked in last year's final Class 4A poll are on the Dec. 2 docket, including the premiere matchup of Hopkins — last season’s Class 4A runner-up — and Centennial at 2:15 p.m.
The Holiday break sees plenty of teams traveling to take part in tournaments, and no matchup may be more anticipated than the one between Hopkins and Eastview in the St. Olaf Holiday Classic. The Royals defeated the Lightning 65-60 in the event last year.
The final day of the regular season is Feb. 23, a day when Metro West Conference rivals Robbinsdale Cooper and Bloomington Kennedy meet. The Hawks won last season’s meeting 61-60.
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