The two top boys’ basketball teams in Class 2A squared off Thursday night, with No. 2 Minneapolis North beating No. 1 Minnehaha Academy 62-53.
The score was tied at 53 with 1:29 left before the Polars (11-3) defense locked down the Redhawks (13-3). Tayler Johnson led North with 24 points, and made key free throws down the stretch. Prince Aligbe had 13 points and Jalen Suggs 11 for Minnehaha.
Hopkins 86, Cooper 75: Blaise Beauchamp scored 25 points to lead the No. 2-ranked, Class 4A Royals past the Hawks. Dane Zimmer added 20. Jalen Justice scored 21 to lead Cooper. The Royals will take on Columbia Heights, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, on Saturday.
Edina 8, Minnetonka 2: Sammy Walker and Jett Jungels each scored twice as the Hornets, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A steamrolled the No. 1 Skippers. Walker scored both of his goals on breakaways and also had two assists. He leads the metro in scoring with 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists). Chad Cousineau and Jack Bayless scored for Minnetonka. Edina (17-1) lost its only game of the season to the Skippers 5-2 on Dec. 26. The two teams will play at Minnetonka on Feb. 10.
Spring Lake Park 7, Champlin Park 5: Mickey Zeller scored four goals to lead the Panthers. Spring Lake Park led 5-2 after the second period. The Rebels scored three consecutive goals led by Derek Roberts, who had two. The Panthers answered with goals from Jack Armstrong and Zach Zemlicka.
Maple Grove 3, Hill-Murray 1: The Crimson, ranked No. 5 in Class 2A, beat the No. 4 Pioneers and extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games. Chloe Corbin scored first for Maple Grove with a power-play goal in the first period.She added a second goal in the third. Mannon McMahon also scored on a power play for the Crimson. Lucy Morgan made 29 saves in goal for Maple Grove. Abigail Boreen scored Hill-Murray’s lone goal in the third period.
Wayzata 10, Armstrong Cooper 0: Eighth-grader Sloane Matthews scored a hat trick to lead the Trojans past the Wings. Gretchen Branton and Maddie McCollins both added two goals.