Posted On: 12/10/17 8:45 PM

The good folks of Iowa can certainly lay claim to Floyd of Rosedale, but they don't have Paige of Ridgedale. As any good girl's basketball fan in Minnesota will tell you, a prodigy in blue is much more valuable than old football trophy in rust. Iowa almost always ends up with the tarnished hog that is awarded for supremacy in the Minnesota-Iowa college football encounter. On Saturday, however, the prodigy named Paige did all the winning in the marquee game at the Breakdown Invitational in Minnetonka, as Paige Bueckers of Hopkins scored 27 points to lead the Royals to a 67-48 win over Iowa City West, the #1 team in the Hawkeye State.

Hopkins scored early and often, flying out of the gate to a 9-0 lead that soon became 17-2 and more. The Royals used their superior speed and athleticism to overwhelm the visitors, employing the trap and press as only they can. After a less-than-impressive defensive showing at last Saturday's Breakdown Tip Off, this was vintage Hopkins. It resulted, as it often does for Royals' opponents, in a slew of turnovers and poor decisions. It also produced fouls. Lots of fouls. The Iowa faithful may have been raining

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