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Top games: Maranatha Christian meets Minnehaha Academy in small-school duel

By Shane Koob, Sport Ngin, 01/11/16, 5:00PM CST


Jan. 11: The Mustangs and Redhawks are perennial state tournament qualifiers and feature Division I talent.

Minnehaha Academy coach Josh Thurow (pictured) and Maranatha Christian Academy coach Chris Buerman have their teams playing well once again this season. The No. 8-2A Redhawks host the No. 3-1A Mustangs on Jan. 11. Photo by Chris Juhn

There are plenty of small-school programs across Minnesota that seem to make the state tournament like clockwork, and two of those meet on Monday night.

Minnehaha Academy (9-1), ranked No. 8 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News, hosts No. 3-1A Maranatha Christian Academy (8-3) in a contest highlighted by each team's star.

Sarah Kaminski, a George Mason commit, is a complete player for the Redhawks. The 5-foot-9 senior boasts averages of 17.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 4.1 steals and 1.9 blocks per game.

The Mustangs feature Monmouth University (New Jersey) commit Alaina Jarnot, a 5-foot-7 senior who specializes in assists, as she's led the state the past two seasons. 

On top of averaging 8.9 assists per game so far this season, Jarnot is also averaging 20.9 points and 3.9 steals per game.

With two do-it-all, Division I talents going head-to-head, this matchup of teams usually alive in March is our choice for Top Game of the Week.


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