Waterville-Elysian-Morristown has played superb defending, holding opponents to just 37 points per game this season, helping vault the Buccaneers (18-2, 10-1) to the top of the Gopher Conference standings.
Coming off its first loss to a Gopher opponent this season — a 44-36 defeat to Hayfield on Jan. 31 — No. 4-1A Waterville-Elysian-Morristown will look to bounce back in Friday's tilt with Medford.
While Medford isn't in the state's top-10 rankings among Class 1A teams, it's no treat facing the Tigers.
Medford (16-3, 9-2) is on a six-game winning streak, and its three losses have come against state-ranked teams. When the Tigers faced the Buccaneers on Dec. 20, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown needed overtime to pull out a 59-58 victory.
Tigers co-captain Emma Kniefel can help put her team over the edge. She recorded 24 points in a 67-58 win at Randolph on Jan. 23.