Lake Conference play begins with a bang for Eden Prairie and Wayzata, who kick off league play against each other on Friday.
Recent history favors Wayzata, as the Trojans haven’t lost to Eden Prairie since 2015, when the Eagles won both regular-season games.
The No. 8-4A Eagles (10-1) are led by Nneka Obiazor (17.9 ppg), who has twice posted a season-high 28 points — in a 64-35 thrashing of Bloomington Kennedy on Dec. 19 and two days later in an 81-70 victory over Prior Lake.
Wayzata is riding a perfect start to the season driven by a high-powered offense that's averaging 74.6 points per game and a stout defense responsible for holding opponents to an average of 46 points. The No. 2-4A Trojans (13-0) have scored more than 80 points five times, including at Maranatha Christian Academy on Dec. 7 and on Jan. 4 against Rogers, where they reached the 90-point threshold.
The Trojans offense has multiple weapons, including freshman guard Mara Braun. Usually a role player, Braun averages 9.8 ppg, fourth-best on the team, but is fully capable of taking center stage. She tallied 24 points against Stillwater on Dec. 17 and had 23 in the victory over the Royals.