Rosemount and Farmington's campuses are located about 10 miles apart but geography isn't the only thing motivating these two teams.
Both are top-10 ranked programs heading into this week and are tied atop of the South Suburban Conference standings. When they meet Friday, they'll have each played one league matchup earlier in the week, so a potential tie will be broken by the result in our Top Game of the Week.
Farmington's biggest strength this year has been its offense. The Tigers, who have shot up to No. 2 in the Class 4A rankings by Minnesota Basketball News from Feb. 5, average nearly 74 points per game, helping them put opponents away.
The Tigers (20-2, 13-1) generate offense with multiple scoring threats, starting with Sophie Hart and Molly Mogensen, who both average more than 15 points per game this season. Mogensen became the all-time leading scorer in Farmington boys' and girls' basketball history last week, surpassing Gale Sprute, who graduated in 1957 with 1,736 career points.
Rosemount (19-3, 13-1) doesn't often find itself playing in high-scoring games. Averaging less than 60 points per contest, the Irish win playing good defense and have limited six of their opponents to less than 40 points this season.
When the No. 9-4A Irish faced Farmington on Jan. 10, their stingy defense came in handy as they limited the Tigers to 53 points in a nine-point victory.