Three-time reigning champ Hopkins falls
• SECTION 6: All good thing must come to an end, even for Hopkins.
The three-time defending state champions were upset by Eden Prairie 51-46 on Saturday in the Section 6 semifinals at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School. Hopkins (24-4) beat Eden Prairie 63-59 and 73-38 during their two regular-season matchups in the Lake Conference.
“It’s amazing to win three in a row,” Hopkins coach Brian Cosgriff said. “In order to win four in a row would have to be a historical event.”
Eden Prairie (17-9) raced to a 19-point halftime lead, 34-15, and then held on. The Eagles were outscored 31-17 following the intermission.
“They really shot the ball well in the first half,” Cosgriff said. “We fought back in the second half. I’m really proud of my team.”
Junior guard Andrea Jirele paced Eden Prairie with 14 points, including going 4-for-4 from three-point range in the opening half. Nobody for Hopkins scored in double figures.
“It’s a weird game,” Cosgriff said. “How can we just beat them by 35 [on Feb. 25] and lose today.”
In the other semifinal game, Minnetonka jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead en route to a 63-37 win over Edina. Courtney Fredrickson led the Skippers with 20 points.
• SECTION 2: Down by two with less than three seconds left, Taylor Koenen made a shot from her own side of midcourt to give Shakopee a 60-59 victory over Chaska in the semifinals. … Kenisha Bell scored 25 points as Bloomington Kennedy held off Lakeville South 57-55 to advance to the championship game. Tonoia Wade added 18 points for the Eagles. Brianna Miller led the Cougars with 17 points.
• SECTION 5: Chelsea Wandersee led a second-half charge for Watertown-Mayer, finishing with a game-high 16 points to lead the Royals over Providence Academy 53-40. Watertown-Mayer will face Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the section semifinals. … Top-seeded Annandale cruised past Milaca 65-47 to also advance to the section semifinals.
• SECTION 4: Senior Kathleen Piepkorn scored her 1,000th career point as Christ’s Household of Faith knocked off Minneapolis North 67-56 to advance to the section semifinals. Piepkorn finished with 19 points. Ariel Pindegayosh scored a game-high 21 points for North.