This week's Best of the Week is from Thursday and Friday November 23rd and 24th and our coverage of the Pat Paterson Holiday Tournament.
KK Adams, Hopkins (5'7" Junior Guard)
-Adams made an early season statement that she is ready to step into a primetime role with the Royals. She poured in a team-high 24 against Lakeville South and followed it with 16 against Stillwater. Always known as a tough defender, Adams now has begun shining as an offensive priority with her sniper ability from the arc and ability to create in transition.
Kaylynn Asberry, St Paul Como Park (5'7" Freshman Guard)
-One team that surprised some was Como Park. With such a young lineup it was impressive they opened with 2 wins over veteran teams Kennedy and Mounds View with Asberry running the show for arguably the youngest team in AAA. She scored 30 points over the 2 wins, but it was her ball handling and ability to create a quick tempo which helped springboard her team to a 2-0 start. Great handles and ability to beat the initial defender.
Lindsey Becher, Mounds View (6'1" Junior Forward)
-It was too tough losses for the Mustangs, but still a strong start to 2018-19 for Becher. She looks more and more like a scholarship talent every time she hits the floor, punching in 12 against Eastview and 23 against Como Park. She rebounds at a high clip, and can block shots in addition to her scoring prowess, showing she can work inside or facing the bucket. Should be a stellar season for Becher.
Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (6'0" Junior Guard)
-It's hard to come up with new superlatives for the Hopkins Junior, she is, perhaps, the best High School player in America. Against Lakeville South she made a point to get everyone else involved before punching in 18, then against Stillwater, a tilt everyone highly anticipated, she found another gear, finishing with 24 and leaving no doubt who #1 is right now in Class AAAA. Mid-season playing level and it's just November!
Kendall Coley, St Louis Park (Sophomore Guard)
-One of the top recruits in the 2021 class in Minnesota, Coley and St Louis Park had a bit of a disappointing opener losing to Stillwater, but Coley made sure that wouldn't happen the following night against Lakeville South. She finished with 22 points, ran the Point much of the night, delivered 3-3 pointers and was strong on the boards. It took St Louis Park a game to get going, but beware, this is a talented group headed by the Sophomore Guard.
Macy Guebert, Eastview (5'10" Senior Guard)
-Eastview was as dominant as anyone at Pat Paterson, led by their talented future South Dakota Coyote Guebert. Guebert was very good against Mounds View, but as dominant as any player all weekend, finishing with 28 points, against White Bear Lake. When it comes to shooting mechanics, few can match her, and with a hair-trigger release and very deep range, when she gets hot, it's a long night for any opponent. Her leadership is evident every time she's on the floor.
Leilani Kapinus, Madison Memorial (5'11" Junior Guard)
-Kapinus was probably the best athlete at the Tournament, and you can count on one hand how many athletes of her level I will see this year. Incredible open court speed and elevation when she lifts off. Add to that good handles, mid-range shooting and the ability to deliver from three and you see why she is one of the most sought after 2020s in Wisconsin. Finished with 32 points in 2 wins for Madison Memorial.
Shania Nichols, St Paul Como Park (5'6" 8th Grade Guard)
-There isn't much that rattles this youngster. She has as much confidence in her shot as you'll see in any player, let alone such a young one. 13 against Kennedy, 14 against Mounds View for the young guns from Como Park. One of the elite 2022 prospects in the state with her combination of shooting (with deep range already), handles, and confidence and toughness off the bounce, willing to challenge any defender. Keep an eye on Como Park, this group could end up a special one!
Sara Scalia, Stillwater (Senior Guard)
-The feel around the Stillwater Girls Basketball team is different this year, they feel like they're about to challenge to be one of the best, and that is led by Scalia. The Minnesota signee is one of the most talented scorers in Minnesota, while working from the point and handling primary ball handling duties. She was sensational against St Louis Park, finishing with 26, but the Ponies dropped their second game, as Scalia collected 18 in her personal head to head battle with Paige Bueckers. With Scalia's leadership, great things could be on the way in Stillwater in 2018-19.
Tamia Ugass, Roseville (6'3" Sophomore Center)
-Ugass is the top Center in 2021 and showcased that promising future against 2 quality opponents in Orono and Bloomington Kennedy. She had 11 against Orono, then really found her groove on Saturday, taking over the offensive glass, showing touch around the rim, facing the basket and knocking down jumpers and finishing with 17 games. Her game is still growing, which is scary for opponents, as the 6'3" Ugass may already be among the states top interior players.