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Best of Breakdown Tip-Off Classic Friday (Main Court)

12/03/2021, 11:30pm CST
By Chuck Thompson

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Winning Team Losing Team
Minnetonka (MN) Rosemount (MN)
Wayzata (MN) Becker (MN)
Hopkins (MN) Appleton East (WI)


Amaya Battle, Hopkins

(6'0" 2022 Guard, Minnesota Metro Stars, Minnesota Commit)

-Battle was phenomenal in the match-up with Appleton East. Finished with 14 points, but more importantly she handled the tempo to near perfection. Did a great job of picking when to attack the rim in transition and when to draw the defense and create. Silky smooth player both off the bounce and with her jumper.

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Mara Braun, Wayzata

5'11" 2022 Guard, North Tartan, Minnesota Commit

-Braun finished with a game-high 22 in Wayzata's convincing win over Becker. One of the most fluid playmakers in Minnesota, both as a potential scoring machine herself as well as her ability to read defenses and locate open teammates. College ready.


Emily La Chapell, Appleton East

(5'11" 2022 Wing, Wisconsin Flight Elite, Marquette Commit)

-Finished with 21 points in a loss to Hopkins, but went toe to toe with a lineup full of DI talents. One of the most impressive finishers in the region, she converts drives, even those against lots of contact, with ease and precision.


Kiani Lockett, Minnetonka

5'9" 2022 Guard, North Tartan, Creighton Commit

-Finished with 12 points, but like many on today's list it was the other qualities of her game that landed her here. Was able to help establish a quicker tempo for Minnetonka which allowed them to overcome an early double-digit deficit. True floor general who passes people open but can still create for herself when the situation arises.


Tori McKinney, Minnetonka

6'1" 2024 Guard, North Tartan

-McKinney only had 2 points in the win over Rosemount, but she makes our list today because of her tremendous defensive effort. She is essentially a lock-down defender, she uses her length, footwork and speed to take away Minnetonka's toughest opponent on the perimeter. One of the best defensive efforts I've seen this early season.


Taylor Woodson, Hopkins

6'0" 2023 Forward, Minnesota Metro Stars

-Among Woodson's 19 points were the 1,000th of her career. Woodson is a multi-level scorer. On drives she can overpower, and when given any cushion she possesses a smooth jumper with range out to the three point line.

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