Hopkins’ Maya Nnaji was fouled by Cambridge-Isanti’s Jana Swanson in the first half of their Class 4A quarterfinal Wednesday at Williams Arena. Photo: ELIZABETH FLORES • firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff and Royals’ superb senior Paige Bueckers rarely have conflicts. But they were diametrically opposed on one topic after the Royals’ 85-55 victory over Cambridge-Isanti in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
A question was posed: Do they like playing the early game, in this case 10 a.m., in the first round?
“I love playing it,” Cosgriff said. “You get a nice fan support. And it generally means you’re the No. 1 seed.”
“No,” replied Bueckers, shaking her head. “I’m not really a morning person. I had to get up at 6:30.”
It mattered little in terms of results. Hopkins forced 13 first half turnovers and got 17 points from 6-4 sophomore post Maya Nnaji in the first 18 minutes to take a 54-24 halftime lead.
Hopkins got its quest for a second consecutive Class 4A state title started in the right way, dominating Cambridge-Isanti 85-55 for its 61st consecutive victory.
The Bluejackets (20-10) had no answer for Hopkins’ 6-4 sophomore post Maya Nnaji, who controlled the lane and finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Paige Bueckers scored just seven points, a season-low, but she only took four shot and spent most of the game getting her teammates involved
Amme Sheforgen led Cambridge-Isanti with 13 points.
Check back later for more on the game.