Posted On: 01/20/18 6:00 PM

With a record of 3-13, it has been a rough season so far for the Chaska Hawks, and they have unfortunately become quite adept at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. It happened again Monday at the Minnesota Fury MLK Day Classic at St. Kate's when they muffed a defensive rebound in the closing seconds, enabling White Bear Lake to score at the buzzer for a 51-49 victory. In spite of their woes, the Hawks have some of the best young prospects in the Minnesota, but it's hard to deliver Ws when you are relying on kids in 8th and 9th grade to carry the mail. One of those kids is freshman Kaylee Van Eps, rated #2 in the Class of 2021. "We turned it over on three of the last four possessions and then we missed that defensive board at the end," Van Eps lamented after the game, "but I think overall we played really well, especially in the second half when we came back."

Chaska trailed by 10 at halftime, but came out strong after the break. Another of the Hawks' highly touted youngsters – 6'1" 8th grader Mallory Heyer – executed two consecutive steal-and-score sequences midway

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