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Opportunistic Cooper thumps Austin 72-40

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/13/19, 4:40PM CDT


The defending 3A champion Hawks, forcing turnovers and mistakes, held the Packers to their third-lowest point total of the season.

Austin's' Hope Dudycha and Cooper's Jayla Reliford try to gain control of a loose ball. Photo: brian.peterson@startribune.com

Defending Class 3A champion Cooper’s proven formula of deflating defense impressed and subdued an Austin team playing in its first state tournament since 2008.

The Packers struggled with nerves early and fast, relentless defenders throughout Cooper’s 72-40 victory Wednesday in the Class 3A quarterfinal at Maturi Pavilion.

“I was very satisfied with my team,” Hawks senior guard Aja Wheeler said. “Austin is not a bad team, but we kept them at a pretty low score.”

Austin (20-9) scored its third-fewest points in a game this season.

First report

Defending Class 3A champion Cooper crushed Austin by a 72-40 score in a state tournament quarterfinal Wednesday at Maturi Pavilion.

No. 2 seed Cooper (21-8) reprised its role from a season ago as a staunch defensive team that feasts off turnovers and miscues.

Austin (20-9) scored its third-fewest points in a game this season.

Check back later for more on the game.

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