GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Chaska ties for league lead

CHASKA 59, BLOOMINGTON KENNEDY 55: In celebration of senior night at Chaska High School, the senior Hawks each sported a T-shirt with their head photoshopped onto an NBA player’s body.

Senior Emily Waletski wore Kobe Bryant’s frame and fittingly embodied the Lakers sharpshooter’s persona, scoring 25 points in a career outing against Class 3A, No. 10 Eagles on Friday night.

“In practice you know if she gets the ball she’s going to do something with it,” junior teammate Sarah Althaus said of Waletski. “Whether if she shoots — which she proved tonight she can — or if she drives, you never know with her. She works hard and she really wants it.”

Waletski hit six three pointers in leading the Hawks to the upset in a clutch performance that secured a tie for first in the standings.

“It was one of the best games I’ve seen [Waletski] play and her confidence was there it was great to see,” coach Tara Seifert said.

Despite her outstanding individual effort, it was largely a team victory as the Hawks had to defend Lashayla Wright-Ponder, who has committed to South Dakota. Wright-Ponder scored 28 points.

“I’m just more happy we got the win,” Waletski said. “It was a big win for our conference, especially because we were only a game behind Kennedy. So to get the win as a team, it was a big deal.”

Kennedy held out starting point guard Tyrah Spencer, who suffered a head injury against Robbinsdale Cooper on Tuesday, as a safety precaution.

The loss ended the Hawks’ seven-game winning streak that followed the initial loss to Chaska. In both games the Hawks didn’t allow another double-digit scorer besides Ponder.

MINNEAPOLIS SOUTHWEST 60, MINNEAPOLIS HENRY 32: The Lakers clinched at least a share of their first City Conference title since 1984 by defeating the Patriots. Khalilah Holloway led the Lakers with 17 points. Jauntanay Prado led the Patriots with 14 points and Kyra Larson had 10.

MINNEAPOLIS WASHBURN 57, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 52: The Millers built a 14-point halftime lead before holding off the Hylanders in the second half. Jazinae Patterson led the Millers with 24 points and Ariyon Kelly had 12. Abby Born led the Hylanders with 18 points.

STILLWATER 55, CRETIN-DERHAM HALL 52: Sara Scalia scored 19 points to lead the Ponies past the Raiders. Claire Patterson and Madisen Schmitt had 10 each for the Ponies. Autam Mendez led the Raiders with 14 points and Jackie Radford had 10.

MINNEAPOLIS SOUTH 52, MINNEAPOLIS EDISON 40: Solana Cushing scored 22 points to lead the Tigers past the Tommies. Elisa Webber led the Tommies with 16 points and Sierra Morrow had 12.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Stillwater survives Cretin-Derham Hall in five OTs

STILLWATER 87, CRETIN-DERHAM HALL 85 (5 OT): The Ponies overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half to defeat the Raiders. Daniel Oturu, who led the Raiders with 27 points, was called for charging with 21 seconds left in the fifth overtime, giving the Ponies the ball with the lead. Isaiah Dobson led all scorers with 42 points, Wyatt Blinkhorn had 17 and Manny Jingco had 10 for the Ponies. Deland Phillips and Chris Perry had 16 points each and Jordan Ammons had 10 for the Raiders.

WAYZATA 71, EDEN PRAIRIE 52: Johnny Beeinga broke the school record for points scored in helping the Class 4A, No. 10 Trojans defeat the Eagles. Beeinga finished with a game-high 19 points. Austin Slater and Ryan Lindberg had 13 points each for the Trojans and Jack Sowada had 12. Ryan Jacobus led the Eagles with 11 points, and Kyler Kluge had 10.

BENILDE-ST. MARGARET’S 87, CHANHASSEN 80: The Class 3A, No. 9 Knights outscored the Storm 48-40 in the second half. Sam Baker led the Knights comeback with 36 points. Eli Cave had 19 points and Derek Drees 13 for the Knights. Mike Witthus scored 19 points to lead the Storm. Trey Prince had 14 and Jack Elgren and Jack Bunkenberg had 10 each for Chanhassen.

COOPER 81, ST. LOUIS PARK 67: Melvin Newbern scored 21 of his game-high 39 points in the second half to lead the Hawks past the Orioles. Beijan Newbern had 14 points, Nathan Hill had 12 and Damien Gordon had 10 for the Hawks. Ryan Domres scored 18 points for the Orioles, and Ray Whitlock had 16.

SPRING LAKE PARK 74, PARK CENTER 71 (OT): The Panthers overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Pirates in overtime. Mark Raihle led the Panthers with 27 points. Aaron Flink had 17 and Zach Ojile had 14. Losini Kamara led the Pirates with 22 points and Eric Racine had 17.

CHAMPLIN PARK 67, IRONDALE 62: The Class 4A, No. 5 Rebels overcame a three-point halftime deficit and avoided an upset. McKinley Wright led the Rebels with 24 points. DJ Hunter had 13 and Theo John had 11 for the Rebels. Sean Sutherlin scored 25 points to lead the Knights. Kevin Schramm had 16 points.

ORONO 74, WACONIA 64: Samuel Sustacek led the Class 3A, No. 7 Spartans over the No.5 Wildcats with 23 points. Coby Stoe had 14, Noe Mshihiri had 11 and Colton Codute had 10 for the Spartans. Joey Kortuem led the Wildcats with 19 points. Josh Rands had 16 and Connor Schultz had 10 for the Wildcats.

MAHTOMEDI 77, HASTINGS 62: The Zephyrs jumped out to an early 15-3 lead and held on to defeat the Raiders. Parker Fox led the Zephyrs with 23 points, Andy Voyen had 16 points and Jacob Martin had 10 for the Zephyrs. Brady Gullicks led the Raiders with 17 points, Brandon Haroldson had 11 and Sawyer Levos had 10.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

ROGERS 4, COON RAPIDS 3 (OT): Jake Moss’ goal 5 minutes, 48 seconds into overtime lifted the Royals past the Cardinals. Vinny Billing led the Royals with a goal and two assists. Mike VanStelten and Nate Thelen also scored for the Royals. Michal Elsen, DaShaun Smith and Austin Winkler scored for the Cardinals. PJ. Hoffman stopped 30 shots for the Royals and Peyton Nash stopped 26 for the Cardinals.

ORONO 6, LITCHFIELD/DASSEL-COKATO 3: The Class 1A, No. 14 Spartans used four consecutive goals to turn a deficit into a lead nearing the midway mark of the third period. David McCuskey led the Spartans with two goals. Dane Korsi had a goal and an assist. Jack Suchy, Andrew Eiss and Alexander Dau also scored for the Spartans. Carson Deal, Killian Keaveny and Jared Pedersen scored for the Dragons. Evan Babekuhl stopped 44 shots for the Spartans and Jerrod Niska stopped 29 for the Dragons.

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