There are no conference bragging rights or section seeding implications in this featured matchup — just high-level basketball between two of the top Class 4A programs in the state.
Chaska, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News from Feb. 17, is 10-0 overall and atop the Metro West Conference standings. Multi-sport standout Mallory Heyer (24.3 points per game) leads one of the state's most prolific offenses, as the Hawks are scoring 78.4 points per game, just a tenth of a point less than the top team in Class 4A (Hopkins at 78.5 ppg). And it's been a consistent offense for Chaska, which hasn't been held below 71 points in any game this winter. Kennedy Sanders (15.7 ppg) and Kaylee Van Eps (13.5 ppg) also average double-figure scoring for the Hawks.
Heyer, a junior, already has more than 1,000 career points on the basketball court and 1,000 career kills on the volleyball court. She's verbally committed to the University of Minnesota to play basketball. Both Heyer and Van Eps were named all-state last winter and Van Eps has also committed to play in college at Lehigh.
Wayzata has a record of 7-4 overall, but plays one of the toughest schedules in the state as a member of the Lake Conference. The No. 9-4A Trojans have won seven of eight games since an 0-3 start that included losses to St. Michael-Albertville (62-60 on Jan. 15), No. 1-4A Hopkins (102-52 on Jan. 19) and No. 10-4A Minnetonka (73-62 on Jan. 22)
Like Chaska, Wayzata features multiple all-state talents in senior forward Jenna Johnson (19.4 ppg) and senior guard Mara Braun (16.9 ppg). Johnson is a Utah commit while Braun is set to join Heyer with the Gophers.