St. Michael-Albertville senior Lily Tennyson splits Eden Prairie defenders Nmeka Obaizor (1) and Natalie Mazurek (23) in the lane Friday night in Eden Prairie. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
If Friday was a preview of how the postseason will go, teams will have to watch out for St. Michael-Albertville.
No one is sleeping on the Knights — they’re ranked No. 6 in the Class 4A rankings by Minnesota Basketball News, after all. But in a tough road matchup at No. 10-4A Eden Prairie, St. Michael-Albertville out-executed the Eagles on both sides of the ball to finish the regular season with a 73-54 win that looked easy from start to finish.
“I knew sections were coming up and I knew we had to get better,” freshman guard Tessa Johnson said. Our energy isn’t like the best when we start games lately, so we needed a lot of energy.”
Johnson had 18 points to lead all scorers, though she had plenty of help from an offense that moved and shared the ball quickly and decisively. Whether it was finding the open shooter outside, dishing it in to a cutter on the baseline or taking advantage of numbers in transition, the Knights’ offense looked ruthlessly efficient against the Eagles.
St. Michael-Albertville freshman guard Tessa Johnson led all scorers Friday night with 18 points in the Knights' Lake Conference victory at Eden Prairie. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
The regular season ended with a flourish for St. Michael-Albertville in a 73-54 Lake Conference road win Friday at Eden Prairie.
The Knights (17-8, 8-4) jumped to a 20-point halftime lead as they flustered the Eagles, ranked No. 10 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, on defense and swept the season series.
Eden Prairie (15-11, 6-6) was within four points in the first half, but never got any closer. No. 6 STMA led by as much as 28 in the second half.
Tessa Johnson led all scorers with 18 points, and the Knights had a balanced effort with Mckenzie Kramer adding 13, Lauren Hoselton scoring 13 and Kendal Cox with nine.
Eden Prairie was led by Destinee Bursch, who battled foul trouble but finished with 14 points, while Nneka Obiazor had 12 and Savanna Jones added 12 with a nice second half.
Eden Prairie junior Destinee Bursch led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points in the team's home loss to St. Michael-Albertville Friday night. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
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