No. 6 Minnetonka topples No. 1 Hopkins
• MINNETONKA 67, HOPKINS 59: Minnetonka's Lizzie Odegard entered Friday's matchup against the Class 4A, No. 1 Royals concerned about her ability to finish around the basket.
Odegard, committed to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, spent the week working around the post area, getting a feel for moves on the floor and begging coach Leah Dasovich to do finishing drills.
Odegard's work paid off Friday in a 67-59 upset of the Royals. Odegard led the No. 6 Skippers with 17 points and was a menace on the glass.
"I just really focus going to the boards every single time, crashing really hard, and yeah, I just want it," Odegard said.
Odegard's work in the interior made matters difficult for the Royals all game. The Skippers got numerous second-chance points and deflated the Royals defense.
"[Odegard] scores in a variety of ways, and sometimes she scores on garbage from everybody else," Dasovich said. "She doesn't necessarily get to post up or make her own offense because she works her tail off on the boards. That's a killer for the other team."
Dasovich said controlling the paint was one of three main factors in the win. The others were avoiding turnovers and maintaining composure. The Skippers (13-3) made good on all of those points, and a 21-7 run put them up by 14 points with 8:14 left in the second half.
Megan Walker scored 13 points off the bench and Hannah Hedstrom had 10, all in the second half, for the Skippers.
Michigan State signee Nia Hollie led the Royals (14-2) with 29 points and Ashley Bates had 15, but it wasn't enough to avoid the upset.
"The nine that we have in our rotation did exactly what their role tells them to do," Dasovich said. "If we play like that. I think we're really tricky to beat, just because everybody's bought into a role."
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