Posted On: 12/4/17 12:30 AM


Midway through the first half Saturday afternoon at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic, the Minnetonka Skippers were taking on water and looking like it was time to call for the lifeboats and sound the SOS. With two straight losses to open the season, and a deficit that was already over a dozen, things were not right with the good ship Minnetonka against the Rangers from Forest Lake. The second half was something altogether different.

When they returned to the court for more, Minnetonka looked like Minnetonka is supposed to look as one of the highest-rated 4A teams in the state. The Skippers battened down the hatches, played some hard-nosed defense, and went to work on the glass. It paid off, as Minnetonka overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to take the lead midway through the second half. Forest Lake, led on the inside by power forward Abigail Groeneweg and on the outside by point guard Lexie Hultman, made it a dog fight to the end. Hultman had a long three in the final seconds to close the game to two before a Katey Brattland free throw sealed the deal at 67-64. The Skippers were safely

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