Posted On: 05/22/17 7:15 AM

I was never very good at math. OK, that’s not true – I was horrendous at math – but if there is one equation I do understand it is this: 3 great guards + 3 great bigs = 1 terrific basketball team. On championship Sunday, that team was the #3 seed, North Tartan 10th EYBL, who sprinted out of the gate to an 18-0 lead. That’s not a typo, and it’s not as though their opponent was some overmatched upstart mistakenly placed in the wrong bracket. This is the Minnesota Fury we’re talking about here, the #1 seed in the sophomore division.

About that math equation. When you watch this Tartan team, it’s the forwards who grab your attention first. Frannie Hottinger, a 6-0 sophomore from Cretin-Derham Hall is the fighter jet who swoops in here and there to land some pretty points. At 6-2, Mykel Parham of Apple Valley is the Stealth bomber who operates below the radar and sneaks out with a planeload of rebounds. But on this day, it was the aircraft carrier who dominated. That would be 6-2 Liza Karlen of St. Paul Central (Is she really only 6-2?), who pounds the boards, owns the paint, and can

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