For the sixth consecutive year, the Twin Cities championship will not only be staying in the capital city, it will be staying with St. Paul’s Como Park as it defeated Minneapolis South 68-61 on Saturday afternoon at Como Park High School.
After winning last year’s championship by a single point, the Cougars, ranked No. 7 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News, earned their 13th consecutive victory with a defensive intensity often highlighted by full court pressure.
“Up-tempo” is how Como Park coach Alexis Gray-Lawson described her team’s style of play, which is like saying the Daytona 500 is a nice car ride.
“Our practices are like this,” she said. “We like to tire teams out.”
For the sixth consecutive year the Twin Cities championship will stay with St. Paul Como Park, as the Cougars defeated Minneapolis South 68-61 on Saturday afternoon at Como Park High.
Led by sophomore guard Ronnie Porter’s 21 points and six assists, the Cougars, ranked No. 7 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News, held off the Tigers with defensive intensity often highlighted by full court pressure.
Leading 39-30 at halftime, Como Park (19-4, 10-0) withstood several runs in the second half, including two South steals in the last minute of the game to bring the Tigers (24-3, 12-0) within four points.
Cloey Dmytruk had 14 points and six blocks for Como Park, while teammate Kaylynn Asberry added 14 points.
Jade Hill, a junior guard who scored 28 points, and her sister, eighth-grader Angel Hill, recorded 19 points for South, accounting for 77% of the Tigers’ scoring.
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