Stars elevate their games at tournament time. Lakeville North junior Tyler Wahl is no exception.
The 6-7 guard had 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, leading the Panthers to an 89-71 victory over Maple Grove.
"His versatility is huge for our team," Panthers coach John Oxton said. "He's been very, very consistent this year."
Wahl had eight points and two assists on the Panthers' first 12 points. Senior guards Collin Denk and Spencer Fossey accounted for three consecutive three-pointers a short time later, and the Panthers (26-4) were off to a 21-10 lead. Denk made the first two of 10 threes on the day for the Panthers.
"It was nice to get off to a good start," Oxton said.
The Crimson (21-9), who never led in the matchup, closed within 53-51 on Jared Rainey's two free throws with 10:50 left. Wahl then started a 12-4 spurt with a layup to stretch the lead back to double digits. Denk and Fossey made threes in the spurt.
Lakeville North junior guard Tommy Jensen added 23 points, including four three-pointers, and Denk finished with 12.
"We're a really good shooting team, but it surprised me here at the Target Center," Oxton said of the Panthers, who shot 59 percent from the floor, and 53 percent beyond the arc. "It's tough to shoot here."
Junior guard Nate Adams had 16 points, pacing three Crimson players in double figures.