Posted On: 12/25/17 6:30 PM

And then there were two. That's how many undefeated teams are left in Class AAA following a week in which high-flying Mahtomedi suffered defeat for the first time, a 59-56 loss courtesy of the up-and-down Wildcats of Chisago Lakes. That leaves Northfield (7-0) and Willmar (6-0) as the remaining squads still flirting with perfection. Northfield knocked off #20 Mankato West and Albert Lea prior to the holiday break; Willmar had the week off which is a surefire way to keep a clean slate!

Although it was decided by a single basket, the Chisago-Mahtomedi result certainly came out of left field. Chisago was in the top 25 earlier in the season before dropping out and then returning. Wisconsin recruit Carmen Backes came up with a big game, scoring 23 to spark the Wildcats to the upset. Lehigh commit Emma Grothaus led the Zephyrs with 18 points while MIT-bound Annika Sougstad had 15. Chisago, with a win over Edina and losses to Norwood-Young America and Hermantown on its docket, is now 4-2 and vaults up to the 13th spot for its troubles.

Mahtomedi held on to the #3 ranking thanks to a 32-30 win 48 hours later at 4A White Bear Lake,

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