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Posted On: 08/6/17 8:45 AM

It's a time-honored tradition when charming young couples enter wedded bliss: We're supposed to give the bride something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Forget all that marital stuff – trust me, that is not my field of expertise! – but on Saturday at the Pacesetter Sweet 16 the age-old phrase actually applied to basketball. With said theme in mind, here are some player observations from the day's play.

Something old

OK, Nora Francois is not old. In fact, as an incoming freshman at De la Salle High School in Minneapolis she's probably about 14. Francois certainly doesn't play like it. The smooth, athletic big already has a year of varsity ball under her belt, and in the second half of last season she started to show what keen basketball observers have known for quite some time: Nora can play. On Saturday, Francois had about 100 rebounds in 3A De la Salle's opening game of the day, a 44-33 win over 2A Minnehaha Academy. OK, I exaggerate but it was north of 20, the point at which I stopped counting. Francois is a great shooter with a big body who is among the top 10 players in the Class

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