Posted On: 12/31/17 7:15 PM

It could have been a classic. It turned out to be a clinic, as the Centennial Cougars thoroughly dissected the Cooper Hawks on the way to a win Friday in the Northstar Girls Hoops Game of the Week. The Cougars used their superior size and big-game experience to defeat the up-and-coming Hawks 75-56 in the semifinals of the Roseville holiday tournament. Just 24 hours later, however, reality struck as Centennial was stunned 68-67 in overtime by the host Raiders in the championship contest.

There was no shortage of great games during holiday tournament week. Eastview's shocker over Hopkins probably made the most noise, but Roseville vs Centennial was epic – a veritable slugfest between two hard-nosed, physical teams, neither of whom was willing to concede an inch. Roseville was up eight midway through the first half. That's when Taylor McAulay (Drake) went to work, scoring a series of baskets to close the the margin to two at the intermission. "Taylor McAulay was good tonight. Very good," said Roseville coach Jeff Crosby. "She is very elusive. She has great body control and gets to the rim. There were times when we defended her well, and did the right thing, and she

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