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Eden Prairie knocks off top-seeded Chaska to earn 4A tourney berth

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 03/06/20, 8:30PM CST


The Eagles, who lost to the Hawks during the regular season, got 17 points from Nneka Obiazor and 16 from Myra Moorjani in a 70-56 victory.

Eden Prairie's Nneka Obiazor, left, celebrates a basket and a foul with teammate Molly Lenz in the first half of the Eagles' game against Chaska. Photo: DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com

After Eden Prairie’s 70-56 victory over No. 1-seeded Chaska in the Class 4A, Section 2 championship game Friday, Eagles coach Ellen Weise admitted her team’s disappointing 2019 finish, when it lost the section final at home, was wedged in her brain all season.

“It never left my mind the entire year,” Weise said. “You’ve got to keep it with you, right? You’ve got to use it.”

The No. 2-seeded Eagles went on the road to win their biggest game of the season against a highly respected opponent. Chaska (24-4) went into the game with a 15-game winning streak.

“It’s hard to be No. 1, and it’s hard to be No. 2 in games like this,” Weise said.

To prepare her team for another shot at a section title, Weise set up a difficult regular-season schedule. The Eagles lost 11 games, but the end result was a rousing success.

First report

Eden Prairie used a motion offense and switched defenses regularly to confuse host Chaska en route to a 70-56 victory over the No. 1-seeded Hawks in the Class 4A, Section 2 championship game.

Nneka Obiazor scored 17 points and Myra Moorjani scored 13 for the Eagles, who had lost to Chaska by 13 in early December.

Eden Prairie (18-11) used a 15-4 run early in the second half to build a 60-47 lead Friday, then made 11 of 14 free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.

Chaska (24-5) had a 15-game winning streak broken.

Check back later for more on the game.

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