Hopkins had a rocky run through Wednesday morning’s quarterfinal match, but accurate shooting from the line allowed the No. 1-seeded Royals to hang on for an 82-75 overtime win against unseeded Woodbury.
Hopkins guard Siyani Chambers shot a tournament record 22 of 24 free throws, according to the Minnesota State High School League. Overall, Hopkins made 32 of 39 free throws—an 82 percent success rate compared to Woodbury’s 50 percent.
But that was the good news in a game that saw the three-time defending champions unexpectedly tied at 65 at the end of regulation in the first round of the tournament.
Chambers, who scored a game-high 25 points, sank just one of nine shots from the field. The Royals as whole hit just 38 percent of their field goals.
Not only was Woodbury’s 44 percent rate higher, the east metro team put up more shots. That’s at least partly because Woodbury grabbed 41 rebounds compared to Hopkins’ 31.
In the next round of the tournament, Hopkins will take on the winner of the Osseo-Duluth East game at 6 p.m. Thursday.