Chaska’s Mallory Heyer had a game-high 20 points Tuesday night against conference foe Robbinsdale Cooper. Chaska defeated Robbinsdale Cooper 65-48. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Robbinsdale Cooper had marched back into the game with just under 5 minutes left in the second half, climbing back from a double-digit deficit to trail by just five points.
But Chaska, with two sophomores and a freshman on the floor, didn’t flinch and was able to hold off its Metro West Conference foe for a 65-48 triumph on Tuesday night.
They don’t look young, and they don’t play young, but this Chaska team has just a single senior on the team. Chaska’s starting five consists of two sophomores and a freshman. Yet with Tuesday’s win, the Hawks (19-4, 9-0) captured their 10th straight win while remaining unbeaten in conference play.
Chaska’s Kaylee Van Eps (left) scored 17 points, helping her Hawks beat Robbinsdale Cooper 65-48 Tuesday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
From the opening tip Chaska looked ready to compete with all five of its starters scoring in the game’s first 5 minutes, helping the Hawks hold off Metro West Conference rival Robbinsdale Cooper, another kettle of Hawks, in a 65-48 triumph Tuesday night at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.
Mallory Heyer’s 20 points and 11 rebounds led Chaska, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News. She was strong in the first half, drawing defenders to the basket which allowed her teammates to find open shots.
Heyer’s teammate, Kaylee Van Eps finished with 17 points, including perhaps the biggest bucket of the night. She had a layup late, which gave Chaska (19-4, 9-0) a critical nine-point lead after the possession helped milk about a minute off the game clock.
Robbinsdale Cooper (16-7, 6-3) made it interesting late. After trailing by double digits throughout most of the game, the home team cut the deficit to 53-48 with 5 minutes to go. Andrea Tribble paced Robbinsdale Cooper with 14 points, while Autumn Johnson posted 10 points.
The victory extended Chaska’s winning streak to 10 games.
Robbinsdale Cooper’s Andrea Tribble (right) put up 14 points in front of the home crowd Tuesday night in the Hawks' 64-48 loss to Chaska. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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