Posted On: 12/4/17 1:15 AM

MAHTOMEDI 51 DELASALLE 36

One week ago, all everyone wanted to talk about was DeLaSalle's vast array of offensive weapons and how difficult it is to contain the Islanders, one of the elite teams among Minnesota's 3A schools. After Saturday's performance at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic, however, the answer for future DLS opponents was clear: Do what Mahtomedi did. What Mahtomedi did was employ stifling, suffocating, painfully patient defense that slowed the Islanders to a standstill, and the result was a convincing 51-36 victory. Of course, it helps when you have an elite talent like Emma Grothaus at your disposal to do good work on offense, and that's exactly what she did. A top 10 player in the Class of 2018, Grothaus scored 32 points as the Zephyrs made it clear that they, too, should be in the conversation about potential state champions.

DeLaSalle had things its way in the early going, building a 6-point cushion. Once Mahtomedi's defense kicked into gear, however, the Islanders had trouble mounting much offense of any description. After a plodding half of basketball, the Zephyrs were up 18-17 at the half. In the second, Mahtomedi displayed great patience at both ends of

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