Hopkins Girls Claim Third Straight Basketball Championship
The girls beat Bloomington Kennedy 68-45 Saturday at the Target Center.
For the third year in a row, the Hopkins girls are the class AAAA basketball champions.
The Royals claimed the title in convincing fashion, beating No. 2 seed Bloomington Kennedy Eagles 68-45 Saturday at the Target Center.
Echoing their performance against Osseo in the semifinal, the Royals’ missed shots allowed Bloomington Kennedy to keep it close in the first half. Hopkins finished the half up 28-26—hitting just seven of 29 shots field goals, or 24.1 percent of their shots from the court.
That allowed for some swings in the early part of the game, with the Eagles up by as much as five at one point.
But the Royals dominated the second half, during which Hopkins outscored Bloomington Kennedy 40-19.
That’s partly because of Hopkins’ strong defense. The Royals forced Bloomington Kennedy into 31 turnovers throughout the game.
Standout Nia Coffey was named the player of the game. She led in points scored with 12 points in the first half and 13 in the second, for a total of 25. She also snagged 16 rebounds.
Taylor Anderson was second for the Royals with 11 points, while Erin O’Toole, Mikaala Shackelford and TT Starks each scored seven points.
Anderson, O’Toole and Coffey were also all named to the all-tournament team.