Metro East Conference-leading Hill-Murray visits league challenger Simley on Friday, with the winner grasping control of the reins in the race for a conference title. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
We task our reporters with identifying several intriguing games throughout the state to assemble our Top Games of the Week. The matchups are presented in no particular order, and when there are additional games we want to highlight, we’ll include them with brief notes.
Hopkins vs. DeLaSalle, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Last year without offensive-machine Paige Bueckers, Hopkins lost three regular-season games, including one to DeLaSalle. This season, Bueckers (26.1 points and 6.4 assists per game) is back, and the No. 1-4A Royals (16-0, 3-0) will be looking to exact revenge against the Islanders (8-4, 2-0).
Willmar vs. Alexandria, 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22. These Central Lakes Conference rivals face off a week after their first game this season — a 45-44 win for No. 8-3A Willmar (12-2, 8-0). Alexandria is coming off a 54-45 upset of nonconference foe Brainerd, and the No. 2-3A Cardinals (12-2, 6-2) will be ready to protect their home floor and avoid losing a third straight conference game.
Wayzata vs. St. Michael-Albertville, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22. In a clash of Class 4A titans, the No. 2-4A Trojans (16-0, 2-0) can stay unbeaten with a victory over the No. 6-4A Knights (13-2, 5-0), who have won seven straight.
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