Fresh off their third state title in a year, sisters Morgan and Abby Hennen scored 12 points apiece to lead defending Class 1A champion Minneota to a season-opening 49-47 defeat of Cromwell-Wright on Saturday.
The Hennens helped the Vikings win a second-straight Class 1A volleyball title two weeks ago, and they helped the school’s girls’ basketball team win a state title last March. They’re among seven Vikings girls’ basketball players who also play volleyball. The success they’ve experienced the last year, however, doesn’t mean they think winning is automatic.
“We lost a lot of crucial seniors, and we’re going to miss them a lot,” said Vikings junior guard Abby Hennen. “But we have some young girls that are really going to step up. Just hoping to get back to the state tournament but taking it each game at time.”
Three Minneota players hit double figures as the defending Class 1A champions, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 1A by Minnesota Basketball News, rallied to beat No. 3-1A Cromwell-Wright 49-47 Saturday in the Breakdown Tip Off Classic.
Senior forward Morgan Hennen and her sister, junior guard Abby Hennen, scored 12 points apiece to lead the Vikings (1-0, 0-0) to a season-opening win in the showcase at Hopkins High School. Teammate Natalee Rolbiecki, a sophomore forward, added 11 points.
Shaily Hakamaki, a Minnesota-Duluth recruit, had Cromwell-Wright (0-1, 0-0) clicking early. The senior guard buried four three-pointers in the first half, giving the Cardinals a 31-23 lead at the break. Hakami finished with a game-high 20 points. Senior guard and teammate Taya Hakamaki, who is a cousin of Shaily, had 17 points.
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