Hopkins’ Paige Bueckers went up for a basket and drew a foul from Wayzata’s Lydia Hay in the second half of the Class 4A, Section 6 championship Thursday at Hopkins. Photo: ELIZABETH FLORES • firstname.lastname@example.org
With 49.9 seconds left in Hopkins’ 86-76 victory over Wayzata in the Class 4A, Section 6 championship game Thursday, Paige Bueckers showed her true self.
The undefeated Royals had struggled to put the Trojans away, but in the final minute, a steal and a pass from Bueckers ended up sending Amaya Battle to the free-throw line with a chance to bump the lead to 10 points and finally seal the victory.
Bueckers, standing near midcourt, threw a fist jubilantly in the air and let out a scream, a combination of relief and joy.
“She just wants to win,” Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff said. “That’s the most important thing to her. She doesn’t care how we do it, she just wants to win.”
Hopkins withstood the best Wayzata had to offer and still managed to pull away for an 86-76 victory in the Class 4A, Section 6 championship game.
The two Lake Conference rivals squared off Thursday for the third time this season, and for the third time Hopkins won. It was the 60th consecutive victory for the Royals, third-longest streak in state history in girls' basketball.
Paige Bueckers, playing in a packed Lindbergh Center in her final home game at Hopkins, scored 33 points for the Royals. Annika Stewart led Wayzata (24-5) with 27 points.
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