Posted On: 06/19/17 4:45 AM

Great rivalries in sport tend to develop when a feisty challenger rises up to knock off a champion, and a series of intriguing back-and-forth matches ensue. In the rivalry between North Tartan 9 and Minnesota Fury 2020 Blue – without question the two best AAU teams in the state’s freshman class – the Fury haven’t actually won yet. In the AAU state championship game, it took a miracle escape by North Tartan guard Kenzie Kramer (St. Michael-Albertville) to force overtime and eke out a victory. The time before that, the margin was just three. All of this history made for a dramatic buildup to Sunday’s championship game in the White Bear Lake division at the North Tartan Summer Jam.

The Fury scored the game’s first five points before North Tartan forged a one-point lead at halftime. About five minutes into the second half, NT had a nice little spurt that started when all-everything guard Paige Bueckers of Hopkins scored on a sweet floater. That was followed by forward Mallory Brake sprinting end-to-end off an inbounds steal for the layup. A long three by guard Kayhla Adams of Hopkins stretched the margin to 10. The Fury did close the gap to

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